Buddha, also known as Gautama Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, or Śhakyamuni Buddha, is the primary figure in Buddhism, revered not as a god or prophet but as an enlightened holy man. Scholars are reluctant to make detailed claims about the facts of his life, but most believe he lived and taught in the eastern part of ancient India between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE. There are a number of Buddha quotes passed down by oral tradition that reflect his teachings and offer wisdom that is relevant to the challenges we face in the modern world.
Buddha believed that loving yourself was an essential part of being fulfilled as person, although his idea of self-worth goes beyond the superficial modern concept of self-esteem. Buddha believed that when you're content with who you are and who you're becoming, you're free to focus on sending positive energy out to the world. "You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection," he said.
Buddha's belief in loving yourself extends to loving others as well. It's an understandable impulse to want to lash out when someone has wronged you or hurt your feelings, but Buddha urges us to treat others with compassion and kindness. "Hatred has never stopped hatred. Only love stops hate. This is the eternal law," he said.
Mindfulness, or focusing one's awareness on the present moment while acknowledging current feelings and bodily sensations, is another common theme in Buddha quotations. This reminds us to slow down and take a deep breath when life feels hectic. "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment," he said.
A paraphrase of Section 10 of the Sutra of 42 Sections, a Chinese text.
Hatred has never stopped hatred. Only love stops hate. This is the eternal law.BuddhaGautama Buddha, Dhammapada, chapter 1, verse 3-5, The Still Point: Dhammapada - Living the Buddha’s Essential Teachings - A Contemporary Rendering and Stories by Geri Larkin (2003), Harper SanFrancisco
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