Quote Archives: Buddha

Such is the bodhisattvas’ expertise ~ Buddha

Bodhisattvas comprehend exactly which teachings lead to the attainments of a stream enterer, a once-returner, a non-returner, and a worthy one who has exhausted defilement. They know which teachings sever the ties of existence, dissolve the processes of continued existence, and truly deliver the transcendence of suffering. Likewise, they know exactly which teachings lead to […]

Like a dewdrop on a blade of grass ~ Buddha

All things move and change and are impermanent like clouds; They may be likened to a flash of lightning. They are like a dewdrop on a blade of grass, and deceptive like an empty fist; They have no essence and no self, and lack intrinsic existence in every way. Buddha

Then ends rebirth ~ Buddha

Through not seeing the Four Noble truths Long was the weary path from birth to birth. When these are known, removed is rebirth’s cause, The root of sorrow plucked; then ends rebirth. Buddha

Depending Arising ~ Buddha

Bubbles and foam Arise from turbulent waters, Arising in dependence on causes and circumstances, But with no agent to bring them about. In just the same way, Names and forms arise from actions. They stem only from causes, But have no agent to bring them about. Buddha

Realizing the nature of mind ~ Buddha

If you realize the nature of mind, you have already become a buddha. There is no need to seek buddha elsewhere. Buddha

Yearning for the Dharma ~ Buddha

Beings who yearn for the Dharma And generate effort for the sake of the Dharma are rare. Anyone who makes the wheel of Dharma turn Will attain supreme wisdom. Buddha

Like Mirages ~ Buddha

Like mirages and cities of gandharvas, Illusions and dreams, all characteristics you entertain are empty of any essence. Know all phenomena are this way. Buddha

Purifiers of beings ~ Buddha

Whenever bodhisattva great beings manifest, it will be in order to purify beings. They teach them the Dharma in accordance with their inclinations. They cut through the cravings of those who are tormented by craving. They clear away the suffering of those tormented by pain. Knowing all phenomena to be insubstantial and knowing them to […]

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

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.

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

Liberating others ~ Buddha

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