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" )
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)
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 Fool’s 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 fool’s 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.
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