15 Buddha Quotes to Live By – Day 251 of 365 Days to a Better You

Siddhartha Gautama, better known to the world as the Buddha, was born a prince in northern India about 2600 years ago. His father was told his son would either be a world king or a great spiritual teacher. Wishing his son to expand the power of his kingdom, King Suddhodana ordered that he be immersed in the richest worldly pleasures to prevent him from pursuing the spiritual path.

However, at 29, Siddhartha was exposed to illness, aging, and death. These were all forbidden knowledge to him. His charioteer, against orders, explained that all human beings, including one day the young prince, experience these things. Then he saw a monk and was awakened to his true life’s purpose. The rest, as they say, is history.

Beginning with his famous Fire Sermon, the Tathagata taught for 47 years. He left us a wealth of wisdom. Here are 15 quotes we can all apply to our lives.

All these centuries later, these words are easy to read, but the challenge of a lifetime to live.

  1. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: we are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfish thoughts cause misery when they speak or act. Sorrows roll over them as the wheels of a cart roll over the tracks of the bullock that draws it. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: we are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy whenever they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
  2. Let none find fault with others. Let none see the commissions and omissions of others. But, let one see one’s open acts done and undone.
  3. A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrow freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated — this is the greatest blessing.
  4. Therefore, bhikkhus, you should train yourselves thus: ‘We will develop and cultivate the liberation of mind by lovingkindness, make it our vehicle, make it our basis, stabilize it, exercise ourselves in it, and fully perfect it.’ Thus should you train yourselves.
  5. Radiate boundless love toward the entire world.
  6. Some do not understand that we must die. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels immediately.
  7. All conditioned things are impermanent’ — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.
  8. Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.
  9. Irrigators channel waters. Fletchers straighten arrows. Carpenters shape wood. The wise master themselves.
  10. Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.
  11. The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
  12. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
  13. If you understood the power of giving as I do, you would never let a meal pass without sharing.
  14. The root of suffering is attachment.
  15. The greats of the past only show the way. You must walk the path yourself.

Namaste, my friends, namaste!

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s been studying and practicing personal development for 30 years. He’s also studied many of the world’s spiritual traditions and mythologies.

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Rayquotes #2 – Love Quotes

On this day dedicated to love, here are some of the best love-related motivational quotes I coined over the years. May love fill our day, our hearts, and our world.

  1. A thousand Universes from now love will still be all that matters.
  2. Unconditional love is a redundant phrase. All real love is unconditional.
  3. Fear encourages inhumanity, but love restores humanity.
  4. When love is the answer, the question becomes irrelevant.
  5. Our challenge each day is to love more and fear less.
  6. Love and truth never shout. They have no need.
  7. When we wipe away all of our prejudices, dogmas, and paradigms; love remains.
  8. I’ve seen the end. Love wins!
  9. Love emancipates. Fear enslaves.
  10. Fear-based philosophies drag humanity into its nightmares. Love-based philosophies propel us to our dreams.

10 Ideas to Empower Your You Right Now Day 41 of 365 Days to a Better You

10 Empowering Ideas 

The mind is like the body. When you feed it nourishing, nutritious ideas, it is a juggernaut. When you don’t, it falls into disrepair. Here are 10 Thoughts that you can keep in front of you today to nourish your mind. I have written them in the first person so that you can use them as affirmations/mantras. These thoughts will keep you rocking through your day.

1) I am not a tool for money! Money is a tool for me!
2) Kindness pays in a hundred ways.
3) I use today to create my future, not rehash my past.
4) The hero I am waiting for is waiting for me in the mirror!
5) I am a miracle in motion!
6) To receive more love, I become more love.
7) My power to choose IS my power to change!
8) My best IS good enough!
9) My life/world is what I make of it.
10) My dreams are waiting for me to come true. Today their wait is over!

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray 

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When Love is the Answer

little girl and teddy bearWe live in a world filled with questions seeking an answer. Sometimes it’s very important to find a solution and asking questions is a powerful way to arrive at those solutions. Sometimes, though, the simplest answer is the best answer. You can stop questioning and start experiencing.

Today’s quote reminds us that love is such an answer.

When love is the answer, the questions become irrelevant.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s spent more than 25 years studying personal development and especially writing, recording, and using affirmations to achieve his goals. His eBook – The Power to Be You – offers 416 life-changing and original quotes, ideas, and affirmations to take you to new levels of achievement and reflection.

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