“Care about your children. Just bless them instead of worrying about them, as every child is the little Buddha who helps his parents to grow up.”

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! The competition for “Worst Fake Buddha Quote of All Time” has been categorically won by the following: “Care about your children. Just bless them instead of worrying about them, as every child is the little Buddha who helps his parents to grow up.” This particular quote is like … Continue reading “Care about your children. Just bless them instead of worrying about them, as every child is the little Buddha who helps his parents to grow up.”

“Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering.”

I’ve seen this one in a few places purporting to be from the Buddha. It’s definitely not something the Buddha said. Mostly this is attributed to Osho/Rajneesh, and that’s correct It’s usually included as part of this longer quotation: Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering. When you become good at the art … Continue reading “Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering.”

“Life looks meaningless because I am searching for meaning … If I don’t long for meaning, then what is meaningless?”

This rather long quote was passed on to me by Christopher Leibow (Myoshin) of the Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship: Life looks meaningless because I am searching for meaning. Life is not meaningless; it becomes meaningless, it looks meaningless, because of my longing for meaning. The problem is my longing for meaning, not the meaninglessness of … Continue reading “Life looks meaningless because I am searching for meaning … If I don’t long for meaning, then what is meaningless?”

“Life has no meaning in itself but it is itself an opportunity to make it meaningful.”

Pema Yangchen passed this one on to me today, having spotted it on Facebook. Once a man asked to Buddha “What is the meaning of life?” Buddha simply exclaimed “Life has no meaning in itself but it is itself an opportunity to make it meaningful.” It’s completely bogus of course. There’s certainly nothing in the … Continue reading “Life has no meaning in itself but it is itself an opportunity to make it meaningful.”

The man who spit on Buddha’s face

Here’s a long story. Brace yourselves: The Buddha was sitting under a tree talking to his disciples when a man came and spat in his face. He wiped it off, and he asked the man, “What next? What do you want to say next?” The man was a little puzzled because he himself never expected … Continue reading The man who spit on Buddha’s face

“You throw thorns—falling in my silence they become flowers.”

The graphic on this page is from The Quote Factory, which seems rather ironic. I wonder if they realize how many of their quotes are manufactured? This particular one is all over the net, attributed to the Buddha. It’s actually by Osho, the “Guru Formerly Known as Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh,” who was famous for his … Continue reading “You throw thorns—falling in my silence they become flowers.”

“My doctrine is not a doctrine but just a vision. I have not given you any set rules, I have not given you a system.”

I came across this one on Google+, where I’ve now encountered a couple of Fake Buddha Quotes, both of which were posted by the same person, interestingly enough: “My doctrine is not a doctrine but just a vision. I have not given you any set rules, I have not given you a system.” This isn’t … Continue reading “My doctrine is not a doctrine but just a vision. I have not given you any set rules, I have not given you a system.”

“In every trial let understanding fight for you.”

Another Fake Buddha Quote has surfaced. It’s funny, but I don’t see as many of these as I used to. It may be that I’ve pounced on transgressors so often that people are now scared to post anything attributed to the Buddha until they’ve held the palm-leaf manuscripts in their own hands, and painstakingly translated … Continue reading “In every trial let understanding fight for you.”