Dharma Sayings and Quotes

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


Inside the treasury of the dharma eye a single grain of dust.     

Dōgen

You are dharma. You are a wheel. And the wheel of dharma spins.     

Frederick Lenz

Dharma is another name for existence. It is existence in its purest form.     

Frederick Lenz

By the dharma is meant the heart, for there is no dharma apart from the heart.     

Huangbo Xiyun

Practicing Dharma is the supreme method for improving the quality of our human life.     

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

The Buddha's dharma didn't teach peace and relaxation; it taught awakening - often rude awakening.      

Jay Michaelson

Dharma is not upheld by talking about it. Dharma is upheld by living in harmony with it.     

Gautama Buddha

The Dharma Path is to keep walking forward. But the true Dharma has no going forward, no going backward, and no standing still.     

Ajahn Chah

Hindu Dharma is like a boundless ocean teeming with priceless gems. The deeper you dive the more treasures you find.      

Mahatma Gandhi

Dharma is that which is enjoined by the holy books, followed by the sages, interpreted by the learned and which appeals to the heart.      

Mahatma Gandhi

Hindu Dharma is the quintessence of our national life, hold fast to it if you want your country to survive, or else you would be wiped out in three generations.     

Swami Vivekananda

Sathya, Dharma, Shanghai and prema are the hall-marks of a purified heart, a heart where God is enshrined and is manifest.     

Sathya Sai Baba

Obviously the dharma is every breath we take, every thought we think, every word we speak, if we do it with awareness and an open, caring heart.     

Tenzin Palmo

When you understand dharma, when you see its perfect perfection, shining both in and beyond all things, you will be freed from all misunderstandings.     

Frederick Lenz

Where there is Dharma there is no karma. So we have to lean on Dharmic values and we have to build a Dharmic family, we have to relate to that family and we have to relate to it deeply.     

Harbhajan Singh Yogi

Dharma is in your mind, not in the forest. Don't believe others, just listen to your mind. You don't have to go anywhere else. Wisdom is in yourself, just like a sweet ripe mango is already in a young green one.     

Ajahn Chah

The dharma is the most precious thing in the world and we should put it at the center of our hearts and transform our whole lives into dharma practice. Otherwise, at the time of death, we will look back and say, now what was all that about? If we truly want to benefit others and ourselves, we have to do it. No excuses.     

Tenzin Palmo

Dharma gives you the balance. It gives you the establishment into proper behavior, proper understanding, proper living, but it doesn't give you the completion of your journey. It doesn't give you the satisfaction of reaching the destination and your personality is still incomplete. So one has to have the experience of the spirit.     

Nirmala Srivastava

Everyone has a dharma or purpose in life.     

Deepak Chopra

The Dharma is the truth that all natures are pure.     

Bodhidharma

Even a little of dharma saves one from many a pitfall.     

Mahatma Gandhi

If you are following the dharma no matter what you do it is moral.     

Robert M. Pirsig

In Dharma practice, the most important thing is to be very sincere.     

Tenzin Palmo

Dharma simply means the right thing in the right place, in the right space.     

Frederick Lenz

The dharma is a universal medicine.     

Jack Kornfield

Dharma is the study of what is, and the only way you can find out what is true is through studying yourself.      

Pema Chodron

The purpose of dharma is to help your mind to expand, to grow, to clarify. It should uphold us and create an inner sense of peace, joy, and clarity.      

Tenzin Palmo

The essence of the Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha) is about identifying the cause of our suffering & alleviating it.      

Allan Lokos

Our ultimate dharma is self-realization. Thoughts and actions that support our spiritual evolution are real dharma.      

Mata Amritanandamayi

Know that the true dharma emerges of itself [during the practice of zazen], clearing away hindrances and distractions.     

Dōgen