Buddhist Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old buddhist quotes, buddhist sayings, and buddhist proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The reason Buddhism can be so naturalised is because, stripped of its supernatural elements, its core teachings can be giving a sound, secular philosophical interpretation. In other words, it becomes a religion acceptable to the contemporary, naturalistic mind only when it ceases to be a religion.     

Julian Baggini

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

Dalai Lama

Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to Dharma see no Dharma in everyday actions. They have not yet discovered that there are no everyday actions outside of Dharma.

Dogen Zenji

All suffering is caused by one belief....the belief in separation.     

Vivian Amis

To study Buddhism is to study ourselves. To study ourselves is to forget ourselves.     

Dogen Zenji

Harmonizing opposites by going back to their source is the distinctive quality of the Zen attitude, the Middle Way: embracing contradictions, making a synthesis of them, achieving balance.     

Taisen Deshimaru

The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men.     

Buddha

Buddhism is really, one of its main practices is understanding and experiencing compassion, and how that ultimately is a road to happiness.     

Goldie Hawn

One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield.     

Buddha

If you want to experience the unalloyed ecstasy of life, you can accomplish this through the twin Buddhist practices of meditation and mindfulness.     

Frederick Lenz

Buddhism teaches you to embrace change.

Koo Stark

Buddhism is all about finding your own way, not imitating the ways of others or even the ways of Buddha himself.

Brad Warner

Buddhism talks about the possibility of transforming greed, hatred, and delusion. But sometimes need turns into greed.     

Jack Kornfield

I come to realize that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and stars.

Dogen Zenji

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.     

Nhat Hanh

In Buddhism what we seek to do is change ourselves into someone who's beautiful to be.     

Frederick Lenz

Buddhism itself is all about empowering yourself, not about getting what you want.     

Pema Chodron

Here in this body are the sacred rivers, here are the sun and moon, as well as the pilgrimage places. I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body     

Saraha

You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.

Dogen Zenji

Buddhism doesn't tell you what is false and what is true but it encourages you to find out for yourself.

Chogyam Trungpa

Buddhism is the process of getting to that part of us that is always eternally happy.

Frederick Lenz

Buddhism doesn't come from anybody. It exists by itself.

Frederick Lenz

For as long as space remains, For as long as sentient beings remain, Until then may I too remain to dispel the miseries of the world.

Acharya Shantideva

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.     

Buddha

Returning to where it used to see blossoms, My mind, changed, Will stay on at Yoshino... Home now, and see anew.     

Saigyō

The point of the spiritual revolution is not to become a good Buddhist, but to become a wise and compassionate human being, to awaken from our life of complacency and ignorance and to be a buddha.     

Noah Levine

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

Gautama Buddha

Zen Buddhism is a discipline where belief isn't necessary.     

David Sylvian

Buddhism has a very beautiful teaching that says the worst thing you can do to your soul is to tell someone their faith is wrong.

Ricky Martin

The tongue like a sharp knife ... Kills without drawing blood.

Gautama Buddha