Quote Archives: Buddha

It is unable to be known ~ Buddha

Whoever sees me as form, whoever knows me as sound, has wrongly engaged by abandoning, those beings do not see me. The buddhas are dharmatā viewed; the guides are the dharmakāya. Since dharmatā is not to be known, it is unable to be known. Buddha

As a water bead on a lotus leaf ~ Buddha

As a water bead on a lotus leaf, as water on a red lily, does not adhere, so the sage does not adhere to the seen, the heard, or the sensed. Buddha

View all the compounded like that ~ Buddha

As a star, a visual aberration, a lamp, an illusion, dew, a bubble, a dream, lightning, and a cloud – view all the compounded like that. Buddha

That itself which is abiding does not abide ~ Buddha

Subhūti, I know with clairvoyance that in the past period, during five hundred lifetimes, I was the rishi called ‘Preacher of Patience’; even then there did not arise in me the discrimination as a self; there did not arise the discrimination as a sentient being, discrimination as a living being, discrimination as a person. Subhūti, […]

He is called bhikkhu ~ Buddha

He who does not take the mind-and-body aggregate (nama-rupa) as “I and mine”, and who does not grieve over the dissolution (of mind and body) is, indeed, called a bhikkhu. Buddha

Misrepresentation of the Tathagata ~ Buddha

There are these two who misrepresent the Tathagata. Which two? He who represents a Sutta of indirect meaning as a Sutta of direct meaning and he who represents a Sutta of direct meaning as a Sutta of indirect meaning. Buddha

The birth and the death of beings ~ Buddha

The three realms of existence are like a cloud in autumn: The birth and the death of beings is like a dancer’s movement; A being’s life is like a waterfall, Like a flash of lightning in the sky; It never stops even for a single moment and once it starts, It goes inevitably to its […]

By oneself ~ Buddha

By oneself is evil done; by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself is one made pure. Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another. Buddha

Radiate boundless love ~ Buddha

Radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across — unhindered, without ill will, without enmity. Buddha

As I am ~ Buddha

As I am, so are these. As are these, so am I. Drawing the parallel to yourself, neither kill nor get others to kill.

Luminous Mind ~ Buddha

This mind, O monks, is luminous! But it is defiled by adventitious defilements. Buddha

A person free from remorse ~ Buddha

It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse. Buddha

Winning a battle hard to win ~ Buddha

Whoever doesn’t flare up at someone who’s angry wins a battle hard to win. Buddha

By that alone ~ Buddha

The Buddha does not wash away negativities with water; Nor does he clear away suffering with his hands; Nor can he transfer his own qualities to us; He shows the true path; by that alone are beings liberated. Buddha

Liberating others ~ Buddha

It is impossible to liberate others while you are bound. It is possible to liberate others when you are free. Buddha

You yourself must strive ~ Buddha

You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way. Those meditative ones who tread the path are released from the bonds of Mara. Buddha

So the sage does not adhere ~ Buddha

As a water bead on a lotus leaf, as water on a red lily, does not adhere, so the sage does not adhere to the seen, the heard, or the sensed. Buddha

Like a Lotus Flower ~ Buddha

A dewdrop sticks not to a lotus leaf, A lotus flower is untouched by water. The same way wise clings to nothing at all, Not to the seen, the heard or the sensed. Buddha

The taste of liberation ~ Buddha

Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation. Buddha

The wise master themselves ~ Buddha

Irrigators channel waters; fletchers straighten arrows; carpenters shape wood; the wise master themselves. Buddha