Quotable Inspiration from Buddha

Following is one in a series of articles based on the words of New Thought leaders — current or past.

New Thought Inspiration from Buddha

Gautama Buddha (c. 563 BCE/480 BCE – c. 483 BCE/400 BCE), also known as Siddhārtha Gautama Shakyamuni Buddha or simply Quotable Inspiration from Buddhathe Buddha, after the title of Buddha, was an ascetic and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the eastern part of ancient India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE.  Gautama is the primary figure in Buddhism. He is recognized by Buddhists as an enlightened teacher who attained full Buddhahood and shared his insights to help sentient beings end rebirth and suffering.

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”

The Heart of the Buddha's TeachingDid you know that to experience a great life, health and happiness, we are not dependent on outside occurrences or circumstances?

According to Buddha (and other great sages), a disciplined mind determines happiness.

How do you suppose that works?

When we dwell on negative thoughts and beliefs, our minds are negatively affected.  On the other hand, when we focus on the positive goodness of life, we experience joy and happiness.

Also, when we decide to train our minds to see happiness — even during difficult circumstances — we are on the way to training our minds to be joyful.  And when we spread that joy, we spread happiness to those around us.

Isn’t this also the way to bring peace into our corner of the world?

One more quote on monitoring our thoughts from Buddha:

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

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