Buddhism

Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti is celebrated as the the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, It falls on a full moon day in the month of Vaisakh (April/May) according to the Hindu calendar. This year Buddha Purnima will be celebrated on May 7.

In Theravada Buddhism, it is also observed as the day when Buddha, born as Prince Siddhartha Gautama (c. 563-483 BCE) attained Nirvana (salvation) under the Mahabodhi tree at Bodh Gaya, Bihar, as well as his death anniversary. The Vesak full moon day is the most important day in the Buddhist calendar. Several Buddhists go to the pagodas to pour water at the foot of the sacred tree in remembrance of the Buddha’s Enlightenment.

This day is celebrated with much fervour across the world. Buddha Purnima is a major festival celebrated with great pomp in countries like Sri Lanka (where it is called Vesak), India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia, though celebrations vary from country to country.

The Gautama Buddha is at the center of Buddhist teachings, and his words of wisdom have been passed down over the millennia through oral teachings and written records.

Buddha embodied the spirit of peace, acceptance, and non-attachment to material possessions, and through his messages, we can come to a better understanding of our spiritual and emotional selves. In most Buddhist traditions, he is considered the Supreme Buddha. “Buddha” is interpreted to mean “awakened one” or “the enlightened one.”

Today sharing you some very important life lessons which I’ve derived from the teachings of Buddha.

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you.”

“You only lose what you cling to.”

“The past is already gone; the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live.”

“The trouble is, you think you have time.”

“If you knew what I know about the power of giving you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.”

“Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm.”

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

“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.”

“The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.”

“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” 

“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.” 

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” 

“If you knew what I know about the power of giving you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.” 

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you.” 

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” 

“The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live.” 

“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.” 

“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again and you will be filled with joy.” 

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” 

“Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm.” 

“The trouble is, you think you have time.” 

No one saves us but ourselves.
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path.
– Buddha

Buddhism

“The trouble is, you think you have time.”

“If you knew what I know about the power of giving you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.”

“The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.”

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”

“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.”

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”

“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” 

“To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.”

“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”

“A jug fills drop by drop.”

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”

“The root of suffering is attachment.”

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”

And last but not the least……..

“You too shall pass away. Knowing this how can you quarrel?”

Do share more of the Buddha quotes, if you  know!

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