The awakened spiritual leader
Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama, was a spiritual teacher who founded Buddhism. Born into a wealthy family in ancient India, he lived a life of luxury until he became disillusioned with the material world and set out on a spiritual quest.
After years of wandering and seeking, Buddha achieved enlightenment at the age of 35, becoming a Buddha, or "awakened one." His teachings emphasized inner peace, compassion, and mindfulness as a path to liberation from suffering, and his message of love, wisdom, and compassion continues to inspire and guide people of all backgrounds and beliefs today.
The Dhammapada is a collection of teachings attributed to the Buddha, and is considered one of the most important texts in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. It consists of 423 verses grouped into 26 chapters, and covers a wide range of topics such as mindfulness, morality, wisdom, and meditation.
The word Dhammapada is derived from two Pali words: dhamma, meaning "teaching" or "truth," and pada, meaning "foot" or "verse." Thus, the Dhammapada can be translated as "The Path of Truth" or "The Footsteps of the Dharma."
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
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