Gautama Buddha or Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha (Sanskrit: सिद्धार्थ गौतम बुद्ध; Pali: Siddhattha Gotama) was a spiritual teacher from the Indian subcontinent, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.

The word Buddha is a title for the first awakened being in an era. In most Buddhist traditions, Siddhartha Gautama is regarded as the Supreme Buddha (P. sammāsambuddha, S. samyaksaṃbuddha) of our age, "Buddha" meaning "awakened one" or "the enlightened one." Gautama Buddha may also be referred to as Śākyamuni (Sanskrit: शाक्यमुनि "Sage of the Śākyas").

Gautama taught a Middle Way compared to the severe asceticism found in the Sramana (renunciation) movement common in his region. He later taught throughout regions of eastern India such as Magadha and Kośala.

The time of Gautama's birth and death is uncertain: most historians in the early 20th century dated his lifetime as circa 563 BCE to 483 BCE, but more recent opinion dates his death to between 486 and 483 BCE or, according to some, between 411 and 400 BCE. However, at a specialist symposium on this question held in 1988 in Göttingen, the majority of those scholars who presented definite opinions gave dates within 20 years either side of 400 BCE for the Buddha's death, with others supporting earlier or later dates. These alternative chronologies, however, have not yet been accepted by all other historians.

Gautama is the primary figure in Buddhism, and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarized after his death and memorized by his followers. Various collections of teachings attributed to him were passed down by oral tradition, and first committed to writing about 400 years later. (Wikipedia)

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Simple Reminders by Buddha

Amazing Quotes by Buddha

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (7)

All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain? ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (24)

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (-14)

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (13)

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you If you do not act on upon them? ~Buddha (15)

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (51)

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (62)

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 http://smpl.ws/ao (-5)

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (26)

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (40)

All conditioned things are impermanent when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (8)

Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (55)

Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (46)

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (46)

People with opinions just go around bothering each other. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (53)

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (-25)

As I am, so are these. As are these, so am I. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (65)

A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrow freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated - this is the greatest blessing. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (-11)

All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill. ~Buddha (3)

Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (-9)

Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good. ~Buddha (14)

Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal. ~Buddha (19)

I will not look at another's bowl intent on finding fault: a training to be observed. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (25)

If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (56)

If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way. ~Buddha (12)

Irrigators channel waters; fletchers straighten arrows; carpenters bend wood; the wise master themselves. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (5)

Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (8)

Let all-embracing thoughts for all beings be yours. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (59)

Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see one's own acts, done and undone. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (-3)

Resolutely train yourself to attain peace. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (68)

Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good. ~Buddha (3)

Some do not understand that we must die, But those who do realize this settle their quarrels. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (17)

The root of suffering is attachment. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (74)

Whoever doesn't flare up at someone who's angry wins a battle hard to win. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (36)

You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way. ~Buddha http://smpl.ws/ao (53)