Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment

Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment: picture of stacked stones
Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment: a lotus in the water

Hi,

I’m back!

I haven’t posted for the past few days, which is quite uncommon for me because I always love spending time on my blog! The reason for my absence is that I’ve been deeply intrigued by the Buddha’s teachings. Currently, I am visiting my home country and have made several visits to the temple with my mom. We’ve been listening to Buddhist scriptures and attending lectures given by monks.

I find a great sense of peace and tranquility in spending time meditating, eating vegetarian food, and engaging in conversations with the monks. During this time, I have learned a few things that resonate with me. Some of these teachings I have heard before, but now, at a certain age and with enough life experience, I am able to truly grasp the profound ideas behind them.

Today, I want to share with you some Buddha quotes on enlightenment. These quotes have brought me peace and I hope they can inspire you as well. Take some time to ponder on these words and let them guide your thoughts.

Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment: picture of stacked stones

Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment

What is Enlightenment?

Firstly, before we get into the Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment, I want to talk a bit about what enlightenment is. I am not a monk or a person who has studied intensively on the topic of Buddha’s enlightenment. I have learned from many different religious points of view, and I want to share with you some of my thoughts and experiences with enlightenment.

All opinions and feedback from you guys are more than welcome.

According to Buddha, enlightenment, or “Bodhi” in Sanskrit, refers to the ultimate awakening or realization of the true nature of reality. It is the state of complete understanding and liberation from suffering, ignorance, and the cycle of birth and death (samsara).

Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment: a woman is enjoy her peace

What I love in Buddha teachings (especially from Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment)  is that Buddha taught that enlightenment is attainable by anyone. 

Enlightenment is not seen as a mystical or supernatural experience but rather as a profound transformation of one’s consciousness and perception. It is a state of profound freedom, clarity, and interconnectedness with all beings.

Enlightenment in my own experience:

In my own understanding and experiences, enlightenment is when you truly regain control of your happiness.

It is when you realize that happiness is not something distant or dependent on external circumstances such as social status or wealth. It is not something you have to strive for or rely on others for. Enlightenment is finding happiness in the smallest things in your daily life and being able to create your own happiness. This is what freedom from pain and suffering truly means in enlightenment.

Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment: a woman is lying on the grass

Enlightenment also means knowing how to accept life. Whatever happens, you learn to accept and embrace it, using it as an opportunity for growth. You continue to look forward to the future, accepting things as they are and understanding that they are part of life.

The most important thing in life may be the inner peace that only you, and no one else, can help you attain.

In my own experiences, enlightenment doesn’t happen all at once, like one day you wake up and realize all those things.  It is a gradual process, where you encounter small moments of enlightenment day by day. And sometimes, things happen in your life that lead to bigger awakenings. It could be failures, the loss of a loved one, or other traumatic experiences that make you pause and reflect on the significant lessons in life. However, enlightenment can also emerge from beautiful experiences you have in life.

Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment: a woman is sitting by the river

Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”

“Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.”

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”

Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment: a heart made by chamomiles

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

“You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.”

“With our thoughts, we make the world.”

“Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious.”

“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.”

“To understand everything is to forgive everything.”

“The mind is like a parachute. It works best when it is open.”

“Just as a flower does not pick and choose the bees that come to it, enlightenment does not discriminate.”

Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment: bees and flowers

“Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.”

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

“The greatest prayer is patience.”

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, focus the mind on the present moment.”

Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment: a girl is enjoying the view

“The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.”

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

“The root of suffering is attachment.”

“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

“Purity or impurity depends on oneself. No one can purify another.”

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”

Buddha Quotes on Enlightenment: a woman is meditating

I hope my favorite Buddha quotes on enlightenment have inspired you and provided some food for thought. The wisdom contained within these quotes is timeless and serves as a source of inspiration and guidance.

I hope you will find the teachings that deeply resonate with you and incorporate them into your own practice. I would love to hear which teachings of Buddha have resonated with you on a profound level.

Remember, each person is unique, and it is important to listen to and embrace what feels right and true to you. Until next time, be happy, and will see you again soon.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi, your post is very well-written as you explained what enlightenment means. I read this as one who does not follow these teachings of Buddha, but as one who finds the quotes and proverbs meaningful on a certain level. You mentioned that all opinions are welcome. I am more familiar with the Judeo/Christian teachings of the Bible. Some of the Buddha quotes were similar to the Bible, while some are in stark contrast. As in what you described in enlightenment, we also believe that spiritual growth often comes through our trial where we experience God’s grace. A difference that stood out to me, was Buddha said “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Jesus said, “My peace I give to you.” 

    I do wish you the best in your website. I have not read much of Buddha, so it was good to read about your experiences. 

    1. It’s fascinating to observe the similarities and contrasts in teachings between different spiritual traditions. Both Buddha’s and Jesus’s messages contain valuable insights on peace and spiritual growth, and they often resonate with people on various levels.
      I’m glad to hear that you found value in reading about my experiences with Buddha’s teachings. Regardless of the spiritual path we follow, there is always room for shared wisdom and understanding.
      Thank you for your well wishes, and I wish you all the best in your spiritual journey as well.
      Feel free to reach out if you ever have more questions or insights to share. 😊

  2. I don’t believe nor worship statues. This is why the people are not moving forward but backward cause of statues and they want to be a God too. There’s only one God who can solve everything and fulfill our needs and that God who has been there for me when i was at my lowest. What happens in the world right now is that people believe or worship statues more than God itself above and i’m not judging anyone here cause i know for sure people have their own beliefs. But let me share ya’ll about my God.

     That moment when you cry yourself out to the Lord to forgive you and mend your heart from things and people that hurt you and weren’t drawing you closer to him. I tell you, It is very satisfying when you pour your heart out to the right “HEALER & LISTENER”. Because in reality things happen for a reason and not all phases of life will always be beautiful. It’s a relief to let God deal with all the ashtrays that have been evolving around your being and fully surrendering yourself to him. But i’m grateful for His challenges of life.

    

     You see, It’s not hard going and telling God everything that you are going thru because He is our Father too. Read the Bible and talk to God about your plans and ask him to Lead and help you thru with everything cause without him you are nothing and so am i. The word of God also says that God will be with you everywhere you go and with everything you do and you know the best part is. The word of God also says that ” YOUR TEARS ARE YOUR PRAYERS TO ” God sees you when you are in tears too. I’m telling you it’s a different type of feeling when you get to know God or worship God thru your Trials and Tribulations.

    1. Thank you for sharing your personal and spiritual perspective.
      I think your message emphasizes the power of prayer, the comfort in turning to God during challenging times and it’s wonderful that you’ve found solace and strength in your connection with God.
      To me, it’s also important to recognize and respect that different people find their spiritual paths in various ways, and each person’s beliefs are unique and valuable to them.
      Wish you all the best!

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