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70 Buddhist phrases to find inner peace

Inspirational phrases that help us find spiritual calm.

Gautama Buddha has inspired many generations to get the best version of themselves, whether religious or not. Their sayings and Buddhist phrases are synonymous with great intelligence and help many individuals to make positive changes in their lives. Buddhism has inspired many people so that they can find themselves and give new meaning to existence.

In fact, even some forms of psychological therapy have been influenced by the teachings of the great spiritual master, such as Mindfulness.

Buddhism has a lot to offer you

If we understand and analyze their work, we realize their great wisdom. Their phrases are motivating, they favor well-being and they can help to live life full way of life, without renouncing spirituality and good vibrations towards oneself.

Buddha once asked: “The evil-doing is due to the mind … If the mind is transformed, the bad-doing can remain?”. This question leads us to a deep reflection: “We must change the way we think about things (or situations) so that they improve. If our thinking changes in the process, so will our lives. ”

Who was Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha?

Siddhartha Gautama “Buddha” was born around 560 BC . in an aristocratic family (his father was a monarch) and prosperous of the Shakya clan, in a location that now corresponds to the current Nepal, in the north of India. Buddha is a Sanskrit word that means “he who awakened.” A good metaphor for an individual, Buddha, who managed to enlighten and awaken all his compatriot’s thanks to his infinite wisdom.

He was the founder of  Buddhism. Unlike other religions, he was not a god, nor was he a prophet or a messiah. He was born as a normal human being, but thanks to his effort reached a state of perfect wisdom and complete sensitivity to everything that exists. As the name suggests: “he woke up to his true potential and to the true nature of the world around him.”

The 70 best Buddhist phrases

There are not many biographical references about the life of the Buddha, and the great majority are from three great sources (the Vinaya, the sutta-pitaka and the buddhacarita of Asvaghosa), all texts after his time.

In today’s article, we present a compilation of his famous phrases that can help you achieve inner peace.

1. Look after the exterior as much as the interior, because everything is one

Buddha already knew the importance of the environment in our behavior. One of the principles of Buddhism is to take care of oneself. However, it is also imperative that we take care of our surroundings in order to be in harmony and of peace. To find a true state of well-being, it is necessary that mind, body and our immediate environment (at least the one we control) be in balance.

Therefore, practicing compassion with you is not enough, you also have to practice it with others. This is one of the maxima of the Ho’oponopono philosophy.

2. Reflection is the path to immortality; the lack of reflection, the road to death

Reflection is necessary to continue growing as human beings and to learn from the past for a better present, a better here and now. At some point in our lives, we have made mistakes and we have needed to reflect in order not to commit those mistakes again.

Therefore, personal reflection is beneficial both for learning and for one’s own well-being. To know more about self-reflection, we invite you to read this article called ” Personal Development: 5 reasons for self-reflection ” so that you know the benefits of this practice.

3. Do not hurt others with what causes yourself pain

This phrase is the same as the phrase “do not do to others what we do not like to be done”. Therefore, this phrase goes beyond the mere knowledge of oneself, because it makes a clear allusion to empathy.

When you hurt others, you stain your spirit. This, in the long run, will hurt you.

4. Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional

Living situations or experiences that make us suffer and hurt us is part of life. When we have a bad time, we go through a process so that the wound closes. Once this period of recovery is over, we are the ones who decide if we stay stuck in that memory.

Therefore, it is our decision to overcome bad experiences as soon as possible, turn the page and find peace in the little things of everyday life.

5. It is not richer who has more, but who less needs

This phrase is similar to the one pronounced by Seneca “It is not poor who has little, but who desires much,” and refers to the fact that individuals who want less material things or need are those who will definitely be happier in life.

Having a lot does not mean being happier. If one is happy with little, he does not need to have much wealth.

6. Give, even if you have only very little to give

Thankfulness and generosity are two of the keys to our well-being. To give what we have is easy, what is really complicated is to share something even in times when there is no abundance: that makes us bigger as a person.

Both giving and forgiving are two very wise actions.

7. Rejoice because every place is here and every moment is now

The present is the only time we can live. That is, the here and now, not yesterday or tomorrow. All our efforts must go towards the present moment so that the following present moments are as good as this one.

So we have to be happy to be able to live it and give it the value it deserves, which is not little.

8. Hate does not diminish with hatred. Hate decreases with love

Neither hatred nor revenge are the solutions. We should not feed violence or anger towards others or towards oneself because of that only increases that negative feeling. The real welfare is in loving ourselves and in wishing the best to others even though we think they do not deserve it.

Compassion is one of the foundations of Buddhism and is the path to happiness. Opening up to others means forgiving their faults and being humble despite the mistakes of others.

9. If you can appreciate the miracle of a single flower, your whole life will change

Valuing small details is another key to happiness. The world is full of extraordinary things that sometimes we are not able to see at first sight. Learning to appreciate them will change our lives.

In addition, we must be grateful for what we have because, just like the flower, it is in the simplicity where we feel at ease.

10. To understand everything, it is necessary to forget everything

Not judging is another of the principles of Buddhist philosophy. When we are small we see the world with a beginner’s vision, enjoying the present: perceiving the world as it is. As we grow and learn, we are constantly judging. Then, our mind is conditioned by the culture and social norms that guide us in how we should be.

To find welfare again we must look at ourselves and get to know each other again. In other words, we have to re-educate ourselves. The same goes for everything around us. So if we want to understand, we have to forget everything.

11. Peace comes from within, do not look for it outside

True peace is born from within each person, and it is unwise to go out and look for it in other people or in material goods.

12. In what we think, that is exactly what we will become

Our thoughts make us look for certain things in life. That is why it is so important to think positively and not be anxious about what we can not change.

13. Your purpose in life is to find a purpose, and surrender to it all your heart

In this Buddhist phrase is a parallelism with the existentialist philosophy developed in the twentieth century.

14. The fool who recognizes his foolishness is a wise man. But a fool who thinks himself wise is, in truth, a fool

A reflection on intelligence and humility. If they do not go hand in hand, they simply lack intelligence. There can not be one thing without the other.

15. Our good and bad actions follow us almost like a shadow

The laws of karma teach us that everything we do has an impact. It depends on you that you create a destiny according to what you want for your life.

16. No one will punish you for your anger; he will be the one in charge of punishing you

A sentence that reminds us of the little use of living in a continuous state of anger. Is not it more useful to find the positive side of things?

17. There are three things that can not be hidden for a long time: the sun, the moon, and the truth

A poetic phrase and at the same time a reflection that invites us to rethink some things. The sun and the moon appear every so often, and the same thing happens with the truth.

18. Death is not feared if life has been lived wisely

Living in full consciousness frightens the fear of death. Such is the vision of Buddhist practitioners about existence: the truth will set us free, death is just another process.

19. Do not live from the past, do not imagine the future, concentrate on the present moment

Another phrase that perfectly sums up the intellectual and philosophical basis of Mindfulness. Living pending in the past or the future only makes us slaves of memories or longings.

20. If you can appreciate the miracle of a single flower, your life will change completely

Valuing small things makes us more human. Even something as seemingly trivial as a flower involves the miracle of life, nature, and existence. Let’s learn to value it.

21. You deserve affection and affection

Never forget. Life is complicated, and we all deserve to receive tenderness from others, at the same time we offer this same feeling.

22. Passionately, do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death is approaching

In comparison with the rest of the religions, Buddhism proposes a philosophy of life that emphasizes the present. This idea is clear in this Buddhist phrase.

23. A disciplined mind brings happiness

In this quote, Buddha shows in a lyrical way the relationship that in his philosophy is established between the control of oneself and the good things associated with happiness.

24. It is not called noble who harms other living beings. Not harming other living beings, one is called noble

This Buddhist phrase of the Dhammapada exposes the value system related to Buddhism and the importance that is given in this to other forms of life.

25. The root of suffering is attachment

In Buddhism, the renunciation of certain pleasures has a fundamental role.

26. There is no fear for one whose mind is not full of desires

Another quote from the Dhammapada in which the relationship between fears and desires is raised.

27. Firmly, train to achieve peace

In this quote we talk about the search for inner peace as a form of training, that is, something that should be part of the habits and should be practiced constantly despite the effort involved.

28. Better than a thousand empty words, a single word that can bring peace

In this quote, an emphasis is placed on the need for words to have a philosophical and emotional impact.

29. Purity and impurity comes from oneself; nobody can purify another

One of the phrases of the Buddha in which the central role of the mind of each one is emphasized (understood as something private and subjective) in his philosophy of life, and more specifically, in the ethics of Buddhism.

30. True love is born of understanding

In the Buddhist way of life, love is not a visceral force isolated from any form of reflection.

31. Conquering oneself is a bigger task than conquering others

In line with other phrases of the Buddha, in this quote, the true life goals are again related to processes that mainly involve oneself and the subjective mental world.

33. We can only lose what we cling to

Another of the Buddhist phrases in which the spirit of renunciation of Buddha’s philosophy is shown.

34. Fill your mind with compassion

Although for Buddha the mind of oneself is the motor of religion, to cultivate a good way of life supposes to show appropriate attitudes towards other forms of life. Compassion is one of them.

35. It is better to travel well than to get there

The objectives and challenges posed by the Buddhist religion do not have as much to do with final goals as with processes and the way in which the present is lived.

36. A madman is known for his actions, a wise man also

People are known by our actions. With this phrase, Buddha teaches us that we should trust only those who act, and not so much of the great orators.

37. Holding on to anger is like grabbing onto a hot coal with the intention of throwing it at someone; you are the one who burns

A famous quote that warns us that we must park the bad feelings, or that it is so that we do not end up affecting negatively.

38. In any battle they lose winners and losers

In wars, the whole world loses. There is no reason powerful enough to be worth a drop of human blood.

39. The truth itself can only be achieved within one through the deepest meditation and consciousness

If you seek to find yourself and your more spiritual self, do not look around you.

40. Not even a god can change in defeat the victory of one who has defeated himself

An inspiring phrase to seek inner peace, of the great Buddha.

41. Few are among men who reach the other shore; most run up and down these beaches

A phrase to free interpretation. Perhaps it can be understood as a metaphor similar to the myth of Plato’s cave.

42. As beautiful flowers, with color, but without aroma, are the sweet words for those who do not act according to them

A poetic quote that tells us the reality about people who tend to lie more than they talk.

43. Neither your worst enemy can hurt you as much as your own thoughts

Happiness lies in the quality of our inner life. Do not let your thoughts limit you.

44. To teach others, first you have to do something very hard: you have to straighten yourself

One of the keys to teaching is to have a prior mentalization. You can only be able to teach if you have a clear mind.

45. There is no fire like passion: there is no evil like hatred

Passion is the energy that moves civilizations and history. However, hatred only leads to rancor, wars, and destruction.

46. Wealth consists much more in enjoyment than in possession

Against materialism, Buddha pronounced this famous phrase to show that it is not richer who has more, but who manages to be happy with little.

47. If you add a little to the little, and you do it often, soon there will be little

The value of constancy and perseverance masterfully explained in this famous Buddhist quote.

48. Your duty is to discover your world and then surrender to it with all your heart

Do not limit yourself to going from home to work and from work to home. You have a whole world to discover, it is your duty as a human being to take the trouble to live unique experiences.

49. More than a thousand useless words, one is worth giving peace

Anti-warism is one of the elementary principles of Buddhism. Perhaps, for this reason, Buddha has so many famous phrases related to pacifism and respect for diversity.

50. As a solid rock does not move with the wind, so the sage remains undisturbed by slander and flattery

The wise people do not delegate their self-esteem to third parties. And they do well.

51. If you have a solution, why are you crying? If you have no solution, why are you crying?

It has logic, right? We spend a lot of time lamenting things that have no remedy. What if we dedicate it to something more productive?

52. We are in this world to live in harmony. Those who know do not fight with each other and achieve inner peace

Nothing to add. To be happy we need to be fair and peaceful with others.

53. Do not seek the friendship of those who have an impure soul; do not seek the company of men with a perverse soul. Partner with those who have a beautiful and good soul

If you want to be happy, surround yourself with people who value your soul and who know how to communicate in a positive way.

54. What we are today rests in what we thought yesterday, and our current thoughts forge our future life

The way we think ends up generating springs that take us to one destination, or another.

55. With our thoughts, we create the world

In line with the previous one, the magic of thoughts is that, eventually, they become reality.

56. Better a word that serene the listener than a thousand absurd verses

In short, the essence can be.

57. By effort, vigilance, discipline, and self-control, the wise person creates an island that the flood cannot destroy

A phrase that teaches us the ability of sacrifice and self-control of the wise.

58. To live a detached life, one should not feel ownership of anything in the midst of abundance

The key to Buddhism lies in austere life. Do not give more importance to material goods, start to feel with the heart.

59. Just as a candle does not shine without fire, man can not exist without a spiritual life

The light that shines in each one of us; Our guide to know how to live in peace, is our spiritual life.

60. Long is the night for him who lies awake; Long is the mile for the one who is tired; Long is life for the fool who does not know the true law

A famous quote that can be interpreted in different ways.

61. He doubts everything. Find your own light

All said. Your destiny will be there where your thoughts and feelings want to make you arrive.

62. The greatest victory is that which is gained over oneself

Do not compete against others, but against yourself. Get up every day trying to be a better person, better friend, lover, father …

63. Your virtue should be to profess love and peace to those around you

If you are comfortable with the people who live near you, your life will be easier and full of good times.

64. Bless your friend … he allows you to grow

Who has a friend, has a treasure. Friends allow us to discover new realities and have support for when we need advice.

65. Holding a grudge is like holding a hot coal with the intention of throwing it at someone else; it is one that burns

Hate only breeds hatred and resentment. Mantegámoslo away from our existence.

66. No one will punish you for your anger; your anger will take care of punishing you

Another phrase of Buddha that reminds us that bad feelings never play in favor of our well-being.

67. Beautiful flowers bloom but eventually die

A reflection on the flow of life.

68. Do not overestimate what you have received or envy others; the one who envies does not have peace

Be happy with what you have and you will be blessed.

69. To have good health, find true happiness and bring peace to all, people must first control their own mind. If you succeed, you will have attained enlightenment and all wisdom and virtue will come naturally

Self-exploration allows us to know ourselves better and fight for our most human desires.

70. Do not live in the past, do not imagine the future, concentrate the mind in the present moment

A reflection on the importance of focusing our attention on the moment we live.

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