“Of all footprints, that of the elephant is supreme. Similarly, of all mindfulness meditation, that on death is supreme.”

A friend recently asked me about this quote because she’s scrupulous about sourcing her attributions. I saw nothing suspicious about the quote at all but I like to help out a Dharma sister and so I went hunting. The quote is very much in keeping with the style and content of the early scriptures, but … Continue reading “Of all footprints, that of the elephant is supreme. Similarly, of all mindfulness meditation, that on death is supreme.”

“Faith and prayer both are invisible, but they make impossible things possible”

This one was just brought to my attention. It’s listed on the badly misnamed “Quotes Master” site as being by the Buddha. It’s not. Neither are many of the quotes you’ll find there. Let’s talk about prayer. No, let’s have the Buddha talk about prayer. Here’s one good image of the fruitlessness of merely wishing … Continue reading “Faith and prayer both are invisible, but they make impossible things possible”

“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.”

“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.”