I first came in contact with Buddha in a high school history class. Buddhism was intriguing to me from the moment I started learning it. On the journey to understanding my mind, I read some of Buddha’s work.
Who Is Buddha?
Buddha’s real name was Siddhartha Gautama, who lived in the 5th century B.C. Gautama passed away around the year 483 B.C. and his teachings were transformed into a religion known today as Buddhism.
In Buddhism, there are four noble truths that were taught by Buddha. The first truth is Dukkha which is the truth of suffering. Then Samudaya, the truth of the cause of suffering. Next is Nirhodha which is the truth of the end of suffering. Last we have Magga, the truth of the path that frees us from suffering. The practice of Buddhism often uses the Tipitaka as one of it’s holy books. The Introduction of the Tipitaka, entitled, “The Great on the Establishing of Awareness,” starts off with these works:
This is the one and only way, monks, for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, for the extinguishing of suffering and grief, for walking on the path of truth, for the realisation of nibbāna: that is to say, the fourfold establishing of awareness.2tipitaka.org
There is so much wisdom about Buddha, what he taught and the followers. You can read this in English, courtesy of Tipitaka.org.
Quotes from Buddha
Here are 7 quotes & Teachings from Buddha about the mind that stay with me:
- “Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.”
- “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
- “he dwells ardent with awareness and constant thorough understanding of impermanence, observing mind in mind, having removed craving and aversion towards the world [of mind and matter]“
- “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
- “There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.”
- “To eradicate those evil unwholesome mental states that have arisen in him, he generates the will, makes strong effort, stirs up his energy, applies his mind to it and strives.”
- Vedanā-samosaraṇā sabbe dhammā. – Everything that arises in the mind flows together with sensations.
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