Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA


Some Buddhist Quotations

 

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you
As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable.

"Look how he abused me and beat me,
How he threw me down and robbed me."
Live with such thoughts and you live in hate.

"Look how he abused me and beat me,
How he threw me down and robbed me."
Abandon such thoughts and live in love.

In this world,
hate never yet dispelled hate.
Only love dispels hate.
This is the law,
ancient and inexhaustible.

-- Ascribed to The Buddha
from the Dhammapada,
as rendered by Thomas Byrom

 

 

Your work is to discover your work
And then with all our heart
To give yourself to it.

-- Ascribed to The Buddha
from the Dhammapada,
as rendered by Thomas Byrom

 

 

You make things worse
when you flare up
at someone who's angry.

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

You live for the good of both
    -- your own, the other's --
when, knowing the other's provoked,
    you mindfully grow calm.

When you work the cure of both
    -- your own, the other's --
those who think you a fool
know nothing of Dhamma.

-- Ascribed to The Buddha
in The Samyutta Nikaya,
Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu  

 

Taking care of ourselves, wanderers, we also take care of others;

taking care of others, we take care of ourselves. ...

And how, wanderers, do we take care of ourselves by taking care of others?

With tolerance, with non-violence, with friendship, with patience ...

-- Ascribed to The Buddha
in The Samyutta Nikaya  

 
May I be the doctor and the medicine

And may I be the nurse

For all sick beings in the world

Until everyone is healed

May I become an inexhaustible treasure

For those who are poor and destitute

May I turn into all things they could need.

-- Santideva (8th century, India)  



For some additional Buddhist peace quotes, visit the 'Cultivating Peace, Dismantling War: Quotes' page at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship website.


Suggestions of more quotes and quotes pages are most welcome. email: info@bpf-tampabay.org


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