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Buddha Siddhartha Gautama

The Buddha – Siddhartha Gautama

Twenty-five hundred years ago, nestled in a fertile valley along the border between India and Nepal, a child was born who was to become the Buddha. The stories say that before his birth, his mother, the queen of a small Indian kingdom, had a dream.

A beautiful white elephant offered the queen a lotus flower, and then, entered the side of her body. When sages were asked to interpret the dream, they predicted the queen would give birth to a son destined to become either a great ruler or a holy man.

One day, they said, he would either conquer the world, or become an enlightened being—the Buddha.

Within ten months, as a tree lowered a branch to support her, a baby boy was born, emerging from her side. Seven days later, the Queen died. The Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, would one day teach his followers:

“The world is filled with pain and sorrow. But I have found a serenity that you can find, too.”

No one saves us but ourselves

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” ~The Buddha

Buddha Statue

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” ~The Buddha

Buddha

“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” ~The Buddha

Buddha crossing the river

To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river. ~ The Buddha

Buddha 5

To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing. ~The Buddha Mangala Sutta

Buddha quote 7

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” ~ The Buddha

Buddha quote 6

Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good. ~ The Buddha

Buddha quote 8

If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way. ~ The Buddha

Buddha on patience

The greatest prayer is patience. ~ The Buddha

Buddha renewal

“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” ~ The Buddha

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