“The mind that perceives the limitation is the limitation”

“The mind that perceives the limitation is the limitation” is not a quote from the Buddha. It’s neither in the style of the early Nikāya scriptures (of which the Pali Tipitika/Canon is the best-known example) nor in the style of the later and more literary Mahayana Sutras.

The language and phrasing are far too contemporary for this to be from the Buddha.

Unfortunately I don’t know the ultimate origin of this quote. So far I haven’t found any instances of it occurring before 2012, which suggests that it is in fact of modern origins.

4 thoughts on ““The mind that perceives the limitation is the limitation””

    1. When a quote is attributed to “the Buddha,” this means the historical Buddha, Gautama.

      Technically it’s not possible for there to be a present-day Buddha because a Buddha is someone who rediscovers the way to enlightenment at a time when it’s been lost. Since the way to enlightenment is still open, anyone who becomes enlightened is not a Buddha. Also such a person would have a name, and so we would attribute it to them.

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