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Born Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha was a wise man alive between 563 B.C.E and 483 B.C.E. His teachings are the foundation for Buddhism, a belief system that teaches a “middle way” of life – moderation from self-indulgence. Buddha was born in what is now Nepal, the son of a clan chief and a princess. His mother died after his birth, and Siddhartha Gautama went on to be raised be his mother's sister. Siddhartha embarked on a quest for enlightenment after seeing the suffering of his people. In attempts to find answers to his questions, he tried many paths. He studied yoga, and self-mortification, denying himself food until he was weakened and starving. After accepting pudding from a village girl, he attempted another course. Gautama decided to meditate under a Bodhi tree until he had the answers he was looking for. After meditating for forty-nine days, he attained enlightenment. After this spiritual awakening, he became known as the Buddha to his followers. Buddha means “awakend one”, and spoke to his new enlightenment. According to his teachings, enlightenment showed him the root causes of all suffering in the world. He was also shown the way to eliminate all of this suffering, through what are called the “four noble truths”. These truths are used in the pursuit of nirvana, or ultimate enlightenment and are the essential teachings on which Buddhism is based. Attaining nirvana is to be said to be attaining complete peace of mind. Buddha went on to share his beliefs and teachings with those who would listen.

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you
if you do not act on upon them?
Buddha

To be idle is a short road to death and to be dilligent is a way of life. Foolish people are idle,
wise people are dilligent.
Buddha

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.
Buddha

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
Buddha

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the
striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of
these.
Buddha

Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the
water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.
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If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.
Buddha

A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which
renew humanity.
Buddha

He is able who thinks he is able.
Buddha

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. And the life of the candle will not
be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Buddha

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
Buddha

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about
the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Buddha

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
Buddha

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound
your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
Buddha

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker.
A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
Buddha

In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How
deeply did you let go?
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There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
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Pain is certain, suffering is optional.
Buddha

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: Not going all the way, and
not starting.
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All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed, can wrong-doing remain?
Buddha

Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.
Buddha

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through
strength, but through persistence.
Buddha

Doubt everything. Find your own light.
Buddha

Greed is an imperfection that defiles the mind; hate is an imperfection that defiles the mind;
delusion is an imperfection that defiles the mind.
Buddha

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
Buddha

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless
it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
Buddha

This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of
beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky.
Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.
Buddha

If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.
Buddha

A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and
fearless then he is in truth called wise.
Buddha

The teacher comes to point the way and the student ends up worshipping the pointer.
Buddha

Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells
you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and
analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -
that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
Buddha

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one
another, the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of
harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.
Buddha

Nothing is forever. Except change.
Buddha

Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace.
Buddha

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