One of his students asked Buddha, “Are you the messiah?”
“No”, answered Buddha.
“Then are you a healer?”
“No”, Buddha replied.
“Then are you a teacher?” the student persisted.
“No, I am not a teacher.”
“Then what are you?” asked the student, exasperated.
“I am awake,” Buddha replied. (Buddha)
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.
Attentiveness is the path to true life;
Indifference is the path to death.
The attentive do not die;
The indifferent are as if they are dead already.
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity.
One should not despise what one has received, nor envy the gains of others. The monk who envies the gains of others does not attain to meditative absorption.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
Health is the greatest gift,
contentment is the greatest wealth,
a trusted friend is the best relative,
Nibbana is the greatest bliss
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.