What the Buddha Taught, Buddha Quotes, and Just How Big Was the Buddha

Walpola Rahula cover What the Buddha Taught pretty well in his book of the same name, you can find it as PDFs and in plenty of downlosd for free places.

There’s the Four Noble Truths Thanissaro is a good read

1. Suffering exists
2. Suffering arises from attachment to desires
3. Suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases
4. Freedom from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold Path

Noble Eightfold Path

 Three Qualities  Eightfold Path
 (panna)  Right View
 Right Thought
 (sila)  Right Speech
 Right Action
 Right Livelihood
(samadhi)  Right Effort
 Right Mindfulness
 Right Contemplation

 Three Characteristics of Existence

1. Transiency (anicca)
2. Sorrow (dukkha)
3. Selflessness (anatta)


Unwholesome mental states that impede progress towards enlightenment.
1. Sensuous lust
2. Aversion and ill will
3. Sloth and torpor
4. Restlessness and worry
5. Sceptical doubt

Factors of Enlightenment

1. Mindfulness
2. Investigation
3. Energy
4. Rapture
5. Tranquillity
6. Concentration
7. Equanimity

That’s about it in a Nutshell

Did The Buddha Really Say That?! Probably not, but there are noo shortage of Buddha quote on the web, facebook and twitter.
Many of them can be found on Fake Buddha Quotes, but more often than nt if I see a Buddha Quote I ignore it.

In Thailand, especially, everywhere you go you can find Buddha relics. I think I have counted more than a thousand breastbones and tonnes of ashes and miscellaneous relics and body parts. Buddha parts and amulets are big business in Thailand and elsewhere.

My self I just try to watch the  mind get quiet and stsy out of the way. Ilike what the Buddha taught not what’s for sale at the Wat.





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