Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Quotes & Views on Buddhism by The Famous People

1. Buddhism is for every human being but not every human being has become a Buddhist.
(Albert Einstein)
2. The Buddha did not preach to win converts but to enlighten listeners. 
(A Western Writer)

3. The difference between the Buddha and an ordinary man is like the difference between a sane man and a lunatic. 
(A Writer - Anonymous)

4. Buddhism copes with Science
If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism. 
(Albert Einstein)

5. Killing the criminal will do no good because it is not a body that committed the crimes. The ignorance mind is the real killer, so if you want to kill the criminal then you will have to kill the criminal minds not the body. So preach or teach the Buddha Dhamma to kill the criminal minds. 
(Mahatma Gandhi)

6. A cosmic religion
The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion.  It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology.  Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.  Buddhism answers this description.  
(Albert Einstein)

7. If I were to answer which religions in the world is the greatest then I would have to say without hesitation that Buddhism is the greatest religion in the world.
(Rabindranath Tagore)

8. Eternal Debt to the Buddha
It is my deliberate opinion that the essential part of the teachings of the Buddha now forms an integral part of Hinduism. IT is impossible for Hindu India today to retrace her steps and go behind the great reformations that Gautama effected in Hinduism. By his immense sacrifice, by his great renunciation, and by the immaculate purity of his life he left an indelible impress upon Hinduism, and Hinduism owes an eternal debt of gratitude to the great teacher.
(Mahatma Gandhi, "Maha Bodhi" )

9. If any question has to be considered, it has to be considered peacefully and democratically in the way taught by the Buddha.   
( Nehru )

10. I have to admit that I think and believe “Hinduism has benefitted by including some part of Buddha teachings. No one will ever know or will be able to find out how Buddha had changed Hinduism enormously.
(Mahatma Gandhi)

11. H.G Wells

12. Herman Hesse (1877-1962) German author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

13. Its idea of sin differs somewhat from the Christian idea. Sin to the Buddhist is mere ignorance or stupidity. The wicked man is an ignorant man. He doesnt need much punishment and condemnation so much as he needs instruction. He is not regarded as violating Gods commands or as one who must beg for divine mercy and forgiveness. Rather it is necessary for the sinners friends to make him reason in the human way. The Buddhist does not believe the sinner can escape the consequences in prayerful attempts to bargain with God.
(John Walters, "Mind Unshaken")

14. John Walters

15. For the first time in human history the Buddha admonished, entreated and appealed to people not to hunt a living being, not to offer prayer or praise of sacrifice to gods.
(Prof. Phys Davids)

16. Needing …
 Perhaps at no time was that message of the Buddha more needed than in the world of the atomic and hydrogen bombs.


18. Perhaps at no time in past history was his message of peace more needed for a suffering and distracted humanity than it is today.(Nehru)

19. (Dr. S. Radhakrishnan)

20. No Persecution
There is no record known to me in the whole of the long history of Buddhism throughout the many centuries where its followers have been for such lengthened periods supreme, of any persecution by the Buddhists of the followers of any other faith.
Prof. T.W. Rhys Davids ( 1843 - 1922 )

21. I don’t believe in any religions but if I happen to believe in one of the religions someday then it would be Buddhism that I will be able to accept and believe in. 
(Bertrand Russell, English Philosopher)

22. Come and See
Buddhism is not always a question of knowing and seeing and not that of believing. The teaching of the Buddha is qualified as Ehi-Passiko, inviting you to come and see, but not to come and believe.
(Ven. Dr. W. Rahula,"What the Buddha Taught")
23. Salivation without god
For the first time in the history of the world, Buddha proclaimed a salvation, which each man could gain for himself and by himself in this world during this life, without the least help from the personal GOD or Gods. He strongly inculcated the doctrine of self reliance, of purity, of courtesy, of enlightment, of peace and of universal love. He strongly urged necessity of knowledge, for without wisdom psychic insight could not be got in his life.
( Prof. Eliot, "Buddhism and Hinduism")

24. Dalai lama


26. This is the blossom on our human tree which opens in many a myriad years. But opened, fills the world with wisdom’s scent and love’s dropped honey.
(Sir Edwin Arnold)

27. Buddhism and modern Science
I have oftern said, and I shall say again and again, that between Buddhism and modern Science there exist a close intellectual bond.
(Sir Edwin Arnold)
28. Buddhism does not lead us to a Fools Paradise
Buddhism is realistic, for it takes a realistic view of life and the world. It does not falsely pull us into living in a fools paradis, nor does it frighten and agonize us with all kinds of imaginary fears and guilt-feelings. It calls us exactly and objectively what we are and what the world around us is, and shows us the way to perfect freedom, peace, tranquility and happiness.
(Ven. Dr. W. Rahula)

29. Most of the religion teachers restrict their followers to study or learn other religions’ views, believes, and teaching. But in Buddhism you rarely see a teacher restricting it.

30. S. N. Goenka
Reference : Collections Note By Ashin Sao Su Kham

It was only in Burmese, so I have tried to 
Find the English Versions of these quotes
But could not find for all. 
Will post it again once I got it for all.
If you can find it please comments it for me here.
Quotes on Buddhism by the Famous People

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