Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Buddhist > Buddha > Quotes of Buddha
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Quotes of Buddha
Pages from the book
Quotes of Buddha
Look Inside the Book
Description

Introduction

 

Almost all Indians, who have been to school, grow up with a fair and firm knowledge of the bare facts of the Buddha's life and the essential features of his teachings. So well is the chapter on the Buddha in our history book taught, or more to the point, so well is this chapter examined, that these details remain with us, long after practically everything else in our text books has been forgotten.

 

We all know that Sidharth was a prince of the Shakya clan. That his father was the powerful Suddhodana and his mother the beautiful Maya. We know that the prince was born in the garden at Lumbini, while Maya was on her way from Kapilavastu to her parents' home for the childbirth. A wise sage Asita predicted that the little boy would grow up either to be a very powerful king, or after renouncing the world, a great teacher. To pre-empt the second possibility, Suddhodana kept the young prince cloistered in a beautiful palace and provided him with all the pleasures of the world.

 

Bored by the idleness of his life, Sidhartha asked his attendant, Channa, to drive him through the city. Three excursions came in quick succession and on these three excursions he saw three sights which were to influence the course of his life and fulfill the second part of the sage's prophecy.

 

First he saw an old man, bent with age, shuffling painfully along the road. Then he saw an ill man, sickened and decayed by the ravages of disease, and, finally, he saw the corpse of a dead man being readied for funeral.

 

The inevitability of old age, disease and death, which the Prince had never been exposed to before, left him shattered. How could you pursue a life of pleasure without coming to terms with this dreadful knowledge? He pondered long and deep over this question. Suddhodhana, worried at his sons distraction, arranged his marriage with Yashoda, who in due course had a son, Rahul.

 

Despite now being a householder, Gautam Sidharth was not at peace with himself There were many questions that he. needed answers to and he could not find these answers while living in the palace. In the quiet of the night, he abandoned all worldly possessions, all earthly attachments, and stole away from the palace.

 

For fourteen years he wandered from place to place and finally, after fourteen years, he found enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Gaya and preached his first sermon at Sarnath, near Benaras.

 

We also learn from our history book that Buddha's teachings consisted primarily of the four truths and the eight fold path. The four truths are:

 

1. All is suffering

2. The origins of suffering lie m thirst or attachment.

3. To achieve cessation of suffering we must contain the craving or thrust of attachment.

4. To achieve this cessation of suffering we must follow the eight fold path.

 

The eight fold path consisted of the following steps:

1. Right Understanding

2. Right Intention

3. Right Speech

4. Right Conduct

5. Right Livelihood

6. Right Effort

7. Right Mindfulness

8. Right Concentration

 

What our history books do not teach strongly enough for us to remember, is that by the time of the second council, a hundred years after the Buddha's death, all his teachings had been set down in the Tipitaka or Three Baskets' of the Pali Canon. These consisted of forty-five volumes containing teachings to all kinds of people.

 

The three baskets were:

 

1. The Sutta Pitaka consisting of five collections of sermons delivered by the Buddha.

 

2. The Vinayaka Pitaka, the book of monastic disciplines which codifies the rules of the order.

3. The Abhidhama Pitaka which deals with philosophical and doctrinal analysis.

 

Sometimes the teachings took the form of a simple statement in a few words, sometimes the form of long discourses. Sometimes the teachings were in the form of explanations in abstract terms, sometimes they used beautiful illustrations speaking of trees, flowers, the sun and the moon and ordinary human life. Sometimes the teachings told stories by way of illustration of particular percepts.

 

The second of the five collections of sermons which comprise the Sutta Pitaka is the Khuddaka-Nikaya, which is a collection of minor works, including popular texts like the Dhammapada, an anthology of the Buddha's epigrams and short poems.

 

It is from the Dhammapada that the present selection of 101 quotations is drawn; a miniscule selection from a minor portion of the vast body of Buddha's teachings, which has fascinated the world for centuries and in the present context is drawing an ever increasing number of followers, even from the west.

Sample Pages





Quotes of Buddha

Item Code:
NAI134
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2011
ISBN:
9789380480787
Language:
English
Size:
6.5 inch x 4.5 inch
Pages:
112
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 110 gms
Price:
$10.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Quotes of Buddha

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 2660 times since 1st Aug, 2016

Introduction

 

Almost all Indians, who have been to school, grow up with a fair and firm knowledge of the bare facts of the Buddha's life and the essential features of his teachings. So well is the chapter on the Buddha in our history book taught, or more to the point, so well is this chapter examined, that these details remain with us, long after practically everything else in our text books has been forgotten.

 

We all know that Sidharth was a prince of the Shakya clan. That his father was the powerful Suddhodana and his mother the beautiful Maya. We know that the prince was born in the garden at Lumbini, while Maya was on her way from Kapilavastu to her parents' home for the childbirth. A wise sage Asita predicted that the little boy would grow up either to be a very powerful king, or after renouncing the world, a great teacher. To pre-empt the second possibility, Suddhodana kept the young prince cloistered in a beautiful palace and provided him with all the pleasures of the world.

 

Bored by the idleness of his life, Sidhartha asked his attendant, Channa, to drive him through the city. Three excursions came in quick succession and on these three excursions he saw three sights which were to influence the course of his life and fulfill the second part of the sage's prophecy.

 

First he saw an old man, bent with age, shuffling painfully along the road. Then he saw an ill man, sickened and decayed by the ravages of disease, and, finally, he saw the corpse of a dead man being readied for funeral.

 

The inevitability of old age, disease and death, which the Prince had never been exposed to before, left him shattered. How could you pursue a life of pleasure without coming to terms with this dreadful knowledge? He pondered long and deep over this question. Suddhodhana, worried at his sons distraction, arranged his marriage with Yashoda, who in due course had a son, Rahul.

 

Despite now being a householder, Gautam Sidharth was not at peace with himself There were many questions that he. needed answers to and he could not find these answers while living in the palace. In the quiet of the night, he abandoned all worldly possessions, all earthly attachments, and stole away from the palace.

 

For fourteen years he wandered from place to place and finally, after fourteen years, he found enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Gaya and preached his first sermon at Sarnath, near Benaras.

 

We also learn from our history book that Buddha's teachings consisted primarily of the four truths and the eight fold path. The four truths are:

 

1. All is suffering

2. The origins of suffering lie m thirst or attachment.

3. To achieve cessation of suffering we must contain the craving or thrust of attachment.

4. To achieve this cessation of suffering we must follow the eight fold path.

 

The eight fold path consisted of the following steps:

1. Right Understanding

2. Right Intention

3. Right Speech

4. Right Conduct

5. Right Livelihood

6. Right Effort

7. Right Mindfulness

8. Right Concentration

 

What our history books do not teach strongly enough for us to remember, is that by the time of the second council, a hundred years after the Buddha's death, all his teachings had been set down in the Tipitaka or Three Baskets' of the Pali Canon. These consisted of forty-five volumes containing teachings to all kinds of people.

 

The three baskets were:

 

1. The Sutta Pitaka consisting of five collections of sermons delivered by the Buddha.

 

2. The Vinayaka Pitaka, the book of monastic disciplines which codifies the rules of the order.

3. The Abhidhama Pitaka which deals with philosophical and doctrinal analysis.

 

Sometimes the teachings took the form of a simple statement in a few words, sometimes the form of long discourses. Sometimes the teachings were in the form of explanations in abstract terms, sometimes they used beautiful illustrations speaking of trees, flowers, the sun and the moon and ordinary human life. Sometimes the teachings told stories by way of illustration of particular percepts.

 

The second of the five collections of sermons which comprise the Sutta Pitaka is the Khuddaka-Nikaya, which is a collection of minor works, including popular texts like the Dhammapada, an anthology of the Buddha's epigrams and short poems.

 

It is from the Dhammapada that the present selection of 101 quotations is drawn; a miniscule selection from a minor portion of the vast body of Buddha's teachings, which has fascinated the world for centuries and in the present context is drawing an ever increasing number of followers, even from the west.

Sample Pages





Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Quotes of Buddha (Buddhist | Books)

A Golden Rosary of Selected Quotations from Gesar Epics
by Dr. C. T. Dorji
Paperback (Edition: 2006)
Prominent Publishers
Item Code: NAM657
$15.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Pilgrims Quotations from the Buddhist Scriptures
by Kesar Lall
Paperback (Edition: 1996)
Pilgrims Book House, Kathmandu
Item Code: IDJ040
$8.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Tibetan Proverbs
Item Code: IHE082
$25.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Way Of The Buddha
Item Code: IDE032
$85.00
SOLD
Philosophy in the Samadhirajasutra
Item Code: IDC268
$19.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Vinaya Texts (In Three Volumes)
Item Code: NAC391
$55.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines and Its Verse Summary
by Edward Conze
Hardcover (Edition: 1994)
Sri Satguru Publications
Item Code: NAC483
$30.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A History of Modern Tibet (Set of 3 Volumes)
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: NAJ901
$125.00$100.00
You save: $25.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
THE DEBATE OF KING MILINDA
Item Code: IDC173
$19.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
Thank you very much. It was very easy ordering from the website. I hope to do future purchases from you. Thanks again.
Santiago, USA
Thank you for great service in the past. I am a returning customer and have purchased many Puranas from your firm. Please continue the great service on this order also.
Raghavan, USA
Excellent service. I feel that there is genuine concern for the welfare of customers and there orders. Many thanks
Jones, United Kingdom
I got the rare Pt Raju's book with a very speedy and positive service from Exotic India. Thanks a lot Exotic India family for such a fantabulous response.
Dr. A. K. Srivastava, Allahabad
It is with great pleasure to let you know that I did receive both books now and am really touched by your customer service. You developed great confidence in me. Will again purchase books from you.
Amrut, USA.
Thank you for existing and sharing India's wonderful heritage and legacy to the world.
Angela, UK
Dear sir/sirs, Thanks a million for the two books I ordered on your website. I have got both of them and they are very much helpful for my paper writing.
Sprinna, China
Exotic India has excellent and speedy service.
M Sherman, USA
Your selection of books is impressive and unique in USA. Thank you.
Jaganath, USA
Exotic India has the best selection of Hindu/Buddhist Gods and Goddesses in sculptures and books of anywhere I know.
Michael, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2018 © Exotic India