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30 Quotes From Buddha For Wisdom and Peace

30 Quotes From Buddha For Wisdom and Peace

Siddhārtha Gautama, or Buddha, was a man born to a rich family in Nepal around 500 B.C. He took a great interest in finding a solution to the suffering of humanity. After his father couldn’t promise him that he wouldn’t grow old, get sick, or die, he set out to meditate until he found the cure for misery and suffering. It took him 49 days and nights of sitting meditation under a peepal tree, also known as the ‘Bodhi Tree’, to find ‘enlightenment’ or ‘satori’. He then went about teaching and showing others the way to understanding. The teachings of Buddha serve as the foundation of Buddhism. These teaching can easily give guidance and greater peace of mind to anyone. Here are 30 quotes from Buddha to help guide you toward wisdom and peace.

1. “The root of suffering is attachment.”

2. “Give up anger, give up pride, and free yourself from worldly bondage. No sorrow can befall those who never try to possess people and things as their own.”

3. “Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.”

4. “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.”

5. “One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand men on the battlefield.”

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6. “If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship with the immature.”

7. “There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.”

8. “If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.”

9. “You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.”

10. “Those who have destroyed the roots of jealousy have peace of mind always.”

11. “There is no impurity greater than ignorance.”

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12. “The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.”

13. “One is not wise because he talks a good deal. They are wise who are patient, and free from hate and fear.”

14. “Whoever doesn’t flare up at someone who’s angry wins a battle hard to win.”

15. “One is not noble who injures living creatures. They are noble who hurt no one.”

16. “Guard your thoughts, words, and deeds. These three disciplines will speed you along the path to pure wisdom.”

17. “Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure.”

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18. “Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do.”

19. “When are you living in darkness, why don’t you look for light?”

20. “When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.”

21. “Make your mind pure as a silversmith blows away the impurities of silver, little by little, instant by instant.”

22. “Don’t try to build your happiness on the unhappiness of others. You will be enmeshed in a net of hatred.”

23. “The wise are disciplined in body, speech, and mind. They are well controlled indeed.”

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24. “Light the lamp within; strive hard to attain wisdom.”

25. “Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.”

26. “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.”

27. “Give, even if you only have a little.”

28. “Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame.”

29. “Don’t waste a moment, for wasted moments send you on the downward course.”

30. “If you forget the joy of life and get caught in the pleasures of the world, you will come to envy those who put meditation first.”

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Last Updated on September 17, 2019

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

1. Spend Time with Positive People

If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

3. Contribute to the Community

One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

8. Offer Compliments to Others

Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

10. Practice Self-Care

Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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