Just as might a mother with her life, protect the son that was her only child,
So let him then for every living thing, maintain unbounded consciousness in being;
And let him too, with love for all the world, maintain unbounded consciousness in being;
Above, below, all around, and in between, untroubled with no enemy or foe.
~ The Buddha (Metta Sutta from Sutta Nipata)
Not to do any evil, to cultivate the good, to purify the mind;
This is the teaching of the Buddhas.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd.183)
Health is the highest gain,
Contentment is the greatest wealth,
The trusted are the best kinsmen,
Nibbana is the highest bliss.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 204)
Verily, from meditation arises wisdom.
Without meditation wisdom wanes.
Knowing this two-fold path of gain and loss,
Let one so conduct oneself that wisdom may increase.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 282)
Better than absolute sovereignty over the earth,
Better than going to heaven,
Better than even lordship over all the worlds,
Is the Fruit of a Stream-winner.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 178)
(Stream-winner: One who would attain final Nibbana
within seven lifetimes at the most.)
Self-conquest is, indeed, far greater than the conquest of all other folk;
Neither a god, nor heavenly beings, nor Mara, nor Brahma,
Can win back the victory of such a person who is self-subdued and ever lives in restraint.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 104, 105)
One should utter the truth.
One should not be angry.
One should give even from a scanty store to him who asks.
Along these three paths one may go to the presence of the gods.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 224)
Mind is the forerunner of all evil states.
Mind is chief; mind-made are they.
If one speaks or acts with wicked mind,
Because of that, suffering follows one,
Even as the wheel follows the hoof of the draught-ox.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 1)
Whoso in this world destroys life,
Tells lies, takes what is not given,
Goes to others' wives, and is addicted to intoxicating drinks,
Such a one digs up his own root in this world.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 246, 247)
Some are reborn as human beings,
The wicked are reborn in woeful states (hell, plane of demons or ghosts, and animals),
The righteous go to blissful states (human and celestial),
And those who are free from mental defilements pass away into Nibbana.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 126)
Conquer anger by love,
Evil by good;
Conquer the miser with liberality,
And the liar with truth.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 223)
Even were bandits savagely to sever you
limb from limb with a two-handled saw,
He who on that account entertained hate in his heart,
Would not be one who carried out my teaching.
Bhikkhus, you should keep this instruction on the
Simile of the Saw constantly in mind.
~ The Buddha (MN 21)
‘I have sons, I have wealth.’
The ignorant man thus thinks he is secured.
Indeed, he himself is not his own. How can sons or wealth be his?
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 62)
Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.
~ The Buddha (Diamond Sutta)
All conditioned things are of a nature to decay – strive on untiringly.
~ The Buddha's final words (DN 16)