Sunday, June 03, 2007

Buddhist Wisdom

For over thirty years I have been an ecumenist, not just relating to Christian denominations, but all religions. During the same time span I have studied Buddhism and found among its writings significant wisdom:

The essence of Buddhist teachings does not change; wherever it goes, it is suitable. ~ H.H. The Dalai Lama

Suffering I teach, and the way out of suffering… ~ The Buddha

The Dharama (the teachings of the Buddha) is not something to believe in, but something to do. ~ Stephen Bachelor

There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way. ~ Buddha Shakymuni

If my desires are unable to be fulfilled even by everything upon this earth, what else will satisfy them? ~ Shantideva

There are many different philosophies, but what is of basic importance is compassion, love for others. ~ H. H. The Dalai Lama

There is no evil like hatred, and no fortitude like patience. ~ Shantideva

Just like a dream experience, whatever things I enjoy become a memory. Whatever has passed will not be seen again. ~ Shantideva

The way to cessation of all suffering, which is liberation or freedom, is the fourth noble truth, the noble eightfold path. ~ Ayya Kerma

The Noble Eightfold Path:

Right View

Right Thought

Right Speech

Right Action

Right Livelihood

Right Effort

Right Mindfulness

Right Concentration

Peace of mind, mental tranquility, may not necessarily be felt as a specific sensation, but can provoke a physical sensation of joy and happiness. ~ H. H. The Dalai Lama

We must train the mind to know the sense impressions and not get lost in them. To make it peaceful. Just this is the aim of all this difficult practice we put ourselves through. ~ Ajahn Chan

Mindfulness…makes us accessible to depths of awareness and clear seeing into the way things are. ~ Christopher Titmuss

To meet the perfect teacher is more valuable than gaining a kingdom. Look at how those with no devotion treat the teacher as their equal. ~ Patrul Rinpoche

You yourself must make the effort. Buddhas only point the way. Those who have entered the Path and who mediate will be freed from all the fetters of illusion. ~ The Dhammapada

When at last in a single flash you attain full realization, you will only be realizing the buddha-nature that has been with you all the time. ~ Huang-Po


  1. Enjoyed the blog. Added you to my bloglist.

    I would have been a year ahead of you at UK -- probably would have been with you in ROTC, except I transferred to FSU for my Jr. year. Majored in Anthro with Dr. Essene; minored in Comparative Religion, but didn't really get into it until Jr. year. Lived in Donovan Hall -- room 232, I think.

    Interesting upwelling of memories.

    Bill Webb

  2. "There is no evil like hatred, and no fortitude like patience." I agree..

  3. I like "There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way."

  4. I love the Buddhist philosophies. The Dalai Lama always speaks of compassion. I wish we could all live that.

  5. I have a Buddist "Bible"...these quotes are motivating me to take it out and read it.

  6. Thanks for these quotes!!! Buddhism is so much more peaceful and compassionate than the rantings I hear from the evangelical Baptists I grew up with.