"Buddha" means "the awakened one"--that is, someone who has woken up from the dream of being a separate ego in a material universe.
Guatama Siddhartha, whom we affectionately, [mistakenly], call the Buddha, taught for forty-five years.
In all those years, and in the hundreds of thousands of teaching words that he uttered, his message was simply this:
"You are all Buddhas. There is nothing you need to achieve. Just open your eyes."
Some of the very Good Spiritual Thinking by him.
However many holy words you read, However many you speak,
What good will they do you
If you do not act on upon them?
I do not believe in a fate that falls on people however they act;
but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis,
when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
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