Siddharth Gautam’s Birthday A.K.A Buddha

Big B’s birthday is coming up. While the actual date varies depending on where you are located in the world, typically it is celebrated on the first full moon in May.

You don’t have to be Buddhist to know, understand or feel the importance of Buddha’s influence on the world. His quotes can be found anywhere and relate to the awareness of our thoughts and actions; to be concious of our habits. There is a fundamental theme of getting to the roots of who we are.

Cora Wen has described this day, its vast international traditions and history here: Yoga Bloom

Below are just a few timeless quotes from the Big B that come in handy no matter where we are and what we’re doing.

‘Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.’

‘To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.’

‘What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.’

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

‘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.’

‘In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.’

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