Famous Buddhist Quotes And Sayings


  • Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.
  • You only lose what you cling to.
  • Fill your mind with compassion.
  • We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.
  • The Four Reliances
    First, rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words;
    Second, rely on the teachings, not on the personality of the teacher;
    Third, rely on real wisdom, not superficial interpretation;
    And fourth, rely on the essence of your pure Wisdom Mind, not on judgmental perceptions.
  • We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.
  • To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
  • Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.
  • Pay no attention to the faults of others,
    things done or left undone by others.
    Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.
  • What we think, we become.
  • Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
  • Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.
  • He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
  • An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind
  • Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.
  • Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.
  • Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
  • On life’s journey Faith is nourishment,
    Virtuous deeds are a shelter,
    Wisdom is the light by day and Right mindfulness is the protection by night.
    If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him;
    If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom.
  • One of his students asked Buddha, "Are you the messiah?"
    "No", answered Buddha.
    "Then are you a healer?"
    "No", Buddha replied.
    "Then are you a teacher?" the student persisted.
    "No, I am not a teacher."
    "Then what are you?" asked the student, exasperated.
    "I am awake", Buddha replied.

Omega Point

 The universe is made by mind, within and without organism and that mind is capable of boot-strap leaps in it’s organizational self-expression, and we are privileged to be the witnesses of the final act of life going through some kind of immense, transformative, unfolding from itself, in a kind of vortex which has been building on this planet for billions of years, but which has been accelerating to such excruciating intensities over the last 25,000 years that is has called forth self reflective intelligence from the monkeys and the invention of quantum physics and space flight and shamanism, and it is novelty upon novelty, novelty so intensified that the genetic machinery can no longer carry it, and it bubbles out in to the epigenetic, into art and language, poetry and religion and religious mania, and romanticism, and all of these things. It is a progressive knitting together, an expression of the universe’s will to become, that causes me to think that we may be in the shorter gyres, the shortening spirals of this vortex of novelty and compression. (Terence Mckenna)


No matter what you think about 2012, the end of time and all the things we seem to be hearing about more and more these days there is no doubt all this is very fascinating. I have been reading about what people call the Omega Point (the maximum level of complexity and consciousness to which the universe seems to be evolving) and well what it basically means is that the world is coming to an end and some say it’s as close as 2012. I guess I’ve always thought I’d be here to experience the end of times but it seems that most generations think theirs will be the last so… 🙂

So well you can read the stuff I’ve been reading on how everything around us seem to be heading to their highest possible state of consciousness/complexity and how things like the I-Ching, the Mayan calendar and the Apocalypse all seem to be predicting we’re in fact very near the end…

Teilhard imagines a critical threshold, Omega Point, in which mankind will have reached its highest point of complexification (socialization) and thus its highest point of consciousness. At this point consciousness will rupture through time and space and assert itself on a higher plane of existence from which it can not come back.

WHO am I? WHY am I here?

There’s something about personality tests that fascinates me. You answer a few questions about yourself and you get to read what it is that makes you unique. It’s selfish but well we all need a little ego boost from time to time. So – surprise surprise – I took another one and – guess what – you get to read all about it! So this one is about three major realms of everyday functioning: thinking/working/emoting. You can take the test here (it requires registration but it’s worth it).

So these are my results:

Thinking: Empath

  • By proximity, they can tune into the emotional state of others.
  • They are often unaware of their own intuitive power.

"From infancy, the purely
emotional Empath strength intuits the world around them. They feel so
intensely about everything that others can be confused by the depth and
range of their expression — from uncontrollable laughter to
inconsolable tears; sometimes both at once. Empath responds quickly and
personally to all and environment. For others it can be disconcerting,
but for them emotionality is the throne upon which their one-of-a-kind
intellect sits. When you know answers but can’t explain how,
cannibalistic self-doubt can gnaw and weaken confidence. Empaths often
doubt their own emotion wisdom and try to be "logical" instead. And for
these emotion-intellects it is tantamount to swimming against their own
nature. Linear, step-by-step thinking must be taught to an Empath. In
school, gold stars of former glory grades often turn into good grief by
junior high. This is usually when their academic confidence plummets.
Doubt can clip their potential’s wings before they even attempt flight
and before they test their unique intellectual capabilities. An Empath
is often in the dark about their innate gifts."

Working: Philosopher

  • As employees they refuse to tell others what to do and will not assume responsibility for any other’s doing.
  • They generally choose highly-specialized fields or industries and contract-out their services.

"The Philosopher strength is an
uncanny ability for being on-the-spot when leading edges are sharpened
and discoveries unveiled — though seldom are these individuals the
authors and creators of such events. Their knack is for pointing out
what others may not see and explaining what new change has come. They
often clash with authority over should and must issues.
Characteristically, Philosopher suffers an allergy to authority and
uniforms, regardless of cut, colour and cloth. Asking tough questions,
such as why? and why not? tends to reduce their chances of succeeding
hierarchically. Their reluctance to direct and boss others
significantly reduces their value, managerially-speaking. Philosopher
tends to be most intelligent, most hard working, and most likely to
refute and refuse any policy that is not in sync with their personal
creed. They often choose a career that allows them to freelance and
contract their services. Wealth and material gains do not motivate
them. Affording them choice does. Philosopher demands autonomy,
personally and professionally. They tend to captain their own ships and
are renowned workaholics. They may only do what they like, but they
like doing it a lot, apparently."

Emoting: Evokateur

  • To them the world in general is somewhat barbaric, and people, hurried and harsh.
  • They’re extraordinarily cautious about long-term commitments.

"An Evokateur does not live with
us, or as us, in this world. They are born aware of other depths,
dimensions and realities. Others can find these purely emotional beings
difficult to understand. Some find the concept of such emotionality
interesting, some envy them, but for most people — nightmares are more
welcome. Regardless, emotions rule the Evokateur strength and that
means one thing: ultra-creativity. Evokateur-world, just behind
Evokateur eyes, is as real for them as this one of ours. Relating to
them is multi-frustrating for most, though multi-enlightening for some
— those who understand and experience the Evokateur strength discover
that love has more layers than previously realized. Others speak of the
extraordinary Evokateur oddness. History speaks of their extraordinary
accomplishments. However, extraordinary tends to travel odd paths;
those on this or that side of normal. And while they have many lessons
to master, pleasing others is not one of them."