Siddhartha Gautama was a great spiritual leader and founder of Buddhism in ancient India.
In translation the word “Buddha” means “awakened one” or “enlightened one“.
Buddha was born a prince, but soon he realized that materialistic things could not provide lasting happiness or protection from suffering. Finally, he became a preacher and founded Buddhism.
If we integrate Buddha’s teachings into our daily life we will be able to solve all our inner problems and attain a truly peaceful mind.
“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” – Buddha
Here are 20 Life Changing Lessons from Buddha:
1. Focusing on the present:
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
2. Live in peace:
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
3. Spirituality is a necessity:
“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”
4. Be Thankful:
“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.”
5. Who looks inside awakens:
“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”
6. Let go of fear in order to live fully:
“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.”
7. Short and meaningful speech:
“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”
8. Learn to forgive:
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
9. Giving to others:
“Give, even if you only have a little.”
10. Begs the world to spread Love:
“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across.”
11. Create your own path:
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
12. Truth cannot hidden:
“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth”
13. Life and Death:
“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”
14. Choose friends very wisely:
“A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.”
15. Do Meditation:
“Meditate … do not delay, lest you later regret It.”
16. Happiness isn’t a destination:
“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”
17. Truth cannot be hidden:
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
18. Think of good things:
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
19. Its Okay to Start Small:
“A jug fills drop by drop.”
20. Health is wealth:
“To keep the body in good health is a duty.”
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”
Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most
Doubt everything. Find your own light.
Do not be jealous of others’ good qualities, but out of admiration adopt them yourself.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it
If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
Pain is certain, suffering is optional.
Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.