Widgets Passionate Colors Newsletter ~ #37: Buddha Buddha's Little Instruction Book

"As you travel through life, offer good wishes to each being you meet." ~ The Buddha


A man of wisdom, a gentle spirit who taught love, Siddhartha Gautama (563-483 B.C.) was a Hindu prince who rejected his wealth and searched for years until he found enlightenment through meditation. He came to be known as The Buddha, "one who is awake."

"Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most." ~ Buddha

"The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?" ~ Buddha

At age 29, Siddhartha left his home and his family in search of meaning. Buddhist tradition calls this decision The Great Renunciation. For 49 days he sat under the bo tree, the tree of wisdom. Although demons tempted him, he resisted.

"If you take care of each moment, you will take care of all time." ~ Buddha

As he meditated, Siddhartha discovered that his knowledge transcended life and death... He reached nirvana, a state of complete peace, free of human limitations. With his Enlightenment, Buddha celebrated the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

"Peace comes from within," he said. "Do not seek it without."

With meditation, Buddha awakened a clear mind and a compassionate heart.

When asked "Are you a god or a man?" the Buddha replied, "I am awake."

"As you travel through life, offer good wishes to each being you meet." ~ Buddha

For over 2,500 years, the words of Buddha have inspired goodness. "All we are is a result of what we have thought," he said.

Passion & booksHere's wishing you gentle peace and good thoughts.