A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on buddha, lotus, and water

As a lotus flower is born in
water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it
unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome
the world, live unsoiled by the world

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

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A Quote by sam harris on buddha, buddhism, and religion

The ninth-century Buddhist master Lin Chi is supposed to have said, “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.” Like much of Zen teaching, this seems too cute by half, but it makes a valuable point: to turn the Buddha into a religious fetish is to miss the essence of what he taught. In considering what Buddhism can offer the world in the twenty-first century, I propose that we take Lin Chi’s admonishment rather seriously. As students of the Buddha, we should dispense with Buddhism.

sam harris

Source: Shambhala Sun: Killing the Buddha: http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2903&Itemid=244

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A Quote by Eckhart Tolle on zen, buddha, flower, and beauty

Buddha is said to have given a "silent sermon" once during which he held up a flower and gazed at it.  After a while, one of those present, a monk called Mahakasyapa, began to smile.  He is said to have been the only one who had understood the sermon.  According to legend, that smile (that is to say, realization) was handed down by twenty-eight successive masters and much later became the origin of Zen.

Eckhart Tolle

Source: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, Pages: 2

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A Quote by David R. Hawkins on self, god, heaven, and buddha

Q: Why the word "Self"?

A: The experience of the Presence is radically and profoundly subjective.  It is commonly presumed by the mind that God is 'elsewhere', namely, above, beyond, transcendent, in heaven, or somewhere back in history or in the future.  Traditionally, however, God is described as both transcendent and immanent.  The term "Self" emphasizes that God is discovered within as the ultimate reality that underlies one's actual existence in the 'here and now' (e.g., "Heaven is within you.").

The Buddha is said to have avoided using the term "God" because of the prevalence of misconceptions surrounding it.  He wanted to avoid all the limitations that that conceptualization confounds.  The Self as Awareness is often referred to in literature as Light.  As recounted in Genesis, the Unmanifest became Manifest first as Light, which was the radiance of the energy of God that took form as the universe.

The term "Self" also overcomes the dualistic notion that one is separated from God.  Historically, the picture that there is a sinner down here on Earth and there is a God up there somewhere in heaven is the viewpoint of the ego.  Thus, to most people, the term "God" implies "otherness."  However, there is no separation in the Allness of Creation, so it is impossible for the created to be separate from the Creator.  Enlightenment is therefore the revelation of the Self when the illusion of the reality of a separate self is removed.

The constant awareness of one's existence as 'I' is the ever present expression of the innate divinity of the Self.  This is a universal, constant experience that is purely subjective and of which no proof is possible or necessary.  The 'I' of the Self is the expression of Divinity as Awareness which is therefore beyond time and form.  The truth of this identity is obscured by the duality created by perception and disappears when all positionalities are relinquished.

David Hawkins

Source: I: Reality and Subjectivity, Pages: 128-129

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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on buddha, communication, allowing, and responsibility

I know what I gave them; I don’t know what they received.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Attributed to Buddha

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A Quote by Paramahansa Yogananda on jesus, krishna, buddha, and god-communion

Truth is One:
I have often said that if Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, and other true
emissaries of God came together, they would not quarrel, but would
drink from the same one cup of God-communion.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952)

Source: The Journey to Self-Realization

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A Quote by vow of the bodhisattva on bodhisattva vow, buddhahood, misery, wisdom, compassion, joyous effort, buddha, dharma, and sangha

With the wish to free all beings
until we reach full awakening
I will always go for refuge
To the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha

Today, in the presence of the enlightened ones
Inspired by Wisdom, Compassion and Joyous Effort
I generate the mind aspiring to full buddhahood
For the Well-being of all Sentient beings.

For as long as space endures
and as long as sentient beings remain
until then, may I too, abide
to dispel the misery of the world.

vow of the bodhisattva

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A Quote by Hermann Hesse on buddha, illustrious one, content, peace, and perfection

He wore his gown and walked along exactly like the other monks, but his face and his step, his peaceful downward glance, his peaceful downward-hanging hand, and every finger of his hand spoke of peace, spoke of completeness, sought nothing, imitated nothing, reflected a continuous quiet, an unfading light, an invulnerable peace.

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

Source: Siddhartha, Pages: 22

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, 2012, buddhism, buddha, responsibility, and victim

According to Buddhism, each person is a Buddha who has forgotten their original nature.  If we in the pampered West, having grown up with so many advantages, could not claim our own health and our agency, preferring to see ourselves as helpless victims, then who would do it?  Who would take responsibility for the world?

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 338

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A Quote by Bodhidharma on buddhism, buddha, and mind

But this mind isn’t somewhere outside the material body of the four elements. Without this mind we can’t move. The body has no awareness. Like a plant or a stone, the body has no nature. So how does it move? It’s the mind that moves.

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition

Contributed by: Jessica

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