Looking for the secret to living a more spiritual and tranquil life?  Searching for serenity and true happiness? Let great Eastern thinkers help guide you.

The following selection of knowledge and philosophy from great Eastern thinkers are taken from “WISDOM OF THE EAST – Page-A-Day 2017 Calendar,” by Andrews McMeel Publishing, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.


– There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.  (Chinese proverb)

– The great man is sparing in words but prodigal in good deeds.  (Confucius)

– Vision without action is a daydream.  Action without vision is a nightmare.  (Japanese proverb)

– We need only to bring our body and mind into the present moment, to touch what is refreshing, healing, and wondrous.  (Thich Nhat Hanh)

– The narrow mind rejects, wisdom accepts.  (Lama Thubten Yeshe)

– Pay no attention to the faults of others, things done or left undone by others.  Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.  (The Buddha)

– I say unto you that suffering is not holding you, you are holding suffering.  (Osho)

– Learning is a treasure which accompanies its owner everywhere.  (Chinese proverb)

– No man can purify another man. (The Buddha)

– Steer the ship of concentration calmly to the shores of blessedness.  (Paramahansa Yogananda)

– The grass must bend when the wind blows across it.  (Confucius)

– The secret of happiness lies in the mind’s release from worldly ties.  (The Buddha)

– If you think too long on your next step, you will end up in life standing on one leg.  (Chinese proverb)

– In doing good, avoid fame.  In doing bad, avoid disgrace.  Pursue a middle course as your principle.  (Chuang Tzu)

– All beings by nature are Buddha, as ice by nature is water; apart from water there is no ice, apart from beings, no Buddha.  (Hakuin)

– If you seek enlightenment outside yourself, any discipline or good deed will be meaningless.  (Nichiren)

– He whose mind is not tranquil can know neither peace nor happiness.  (The Bhagavad Gita)

– If you project all sorts of hatred and jealousy, they will rebound on you with compound interest.  (Swami Vivekananda)

– Forgiveness means letting go of the hope for a better past.  (Lama Surya Das)

– You are your own master.  Could anyone else be your master?  When you have gained control over yourself, you have found a master of rare value.  (Buddhist proverb)

– Commit not a single unwholesome action,  cultivate a wealth of virtue, to tame this mind of ours.  This is the teaching of all the Buddhas.  (The Buddha)

– Possess little and this little will grow.  Possess much and it will be lost.  (Lao-Tzu)

– The cause of all pain and suffering is ignorance.  (The Buddha)

– He who wants to shine will shed no light.  (Lao-Tzu)

– Be an island unto yourself.  Take refuge in yourself, not in anything else.  (Thich Nhat Hanh)

– Not only does charity begin at home.  Everything begins at home, including spirituality.  (Sri Swami Satchidananda)

– In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.  (Shunryu Suzuki)

– Those who delight in truth sleep peacefully with clear minds.  (The Buddha)

– When your meditation continues throughout waking and sleeping, wherever you are is heaven.  (Hakuin)

– Flowing water never goes bad.  (Chinese proverb)

– It is wrong to think that misfortunes come from the east or from the west; they originate within one’s own mind.  (The Buddha)

– Forget injuries, never forget kindness.  (Confucius)

– Time is stronger than all things else.  (Sanskrit proverb)

– To express your courage outwardly is to concern yourself with death.  To express your courage inwardly is to encounter life.  (Lao-Tzu)

– The sage has the sun and moon by his side and the universe under his arm.  He blends everything into a harmonious whole.  (Chuang Tzu)

– When love and hate are both absent, everything becomes clear and undisguised.  (Sosan)

– Every problem is there to help you bring forth your own capabilities.  (Sri Swami Satchidananda)

– Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.  (Confucius)

– The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.  (Chinese proverb)

– If a man’s mind becomes pure, his surrounding will also become pure.  (The Buddha)

– To know when to stop, to know when you can get no further by your own action, this is the right beginning.  (Chuang Tzu)

– Enlightenment is not about becoming divine.  Instead it’s about becoming more fully human.  It is the end of ignorance.  (Lama Surya Das)

– It is better to be ignorant than mistaken.  (Japanese proverb)

– Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.  (The Buddha)

– When the heart truly understands, it lets  go of everything.  (Ajahn Chah)

– When the mind comes out of the self, the world appears.  (Ramana Maharshi)

– What is faith if it is not translated into action?  (Mahatma Gandhi)

– All things are one.  (Chuang Tzu)

– The Ultimate Truth is beyond words.  Doctrines are words.  They’re not the Way.  The Way is wordless.  (Bodhidharma)

– The only test of a soul’s salvation is its inward happiness.  (Lin Yutang)

– They must change often, who would be constant in happiness.  (Confucius)

– To know what is sufficient is to be rich.  (Lao Tzu)

– True love is possible only with understanding.  When there is understanding, compassion is born.  (Thich Nhat Hanh)

– I drink tea and forget the world’s noises.  (Chinese proverb)

– Along the path, one must turn back in order to seek oneself.  (Meng Zi)

– If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinions for or against anything.  (Sosan)

– The Universe has never separated itself from man.  Man separates himself from the Universe.  (Lu Hsiang Shan)

– He is a real teacher who not only instructs others, but practices the same instructions himself.  (Hindu proverb)

– If you have a happy mind, your face and body will reflect that happiness.  (Sri Swami Satchidananda)

– Those that make you return, for whatever reason, to the spirit, be grateful to them.  (Djalal Ad-Din Rumi)

– One’s utmost moves the heavens.  (Korean proverb)

– Once you are back in your true home, you will feel the peace and the joy you deserve.  (Thich Nhat Hanh)

– The essence of all spiritual life is your attitude to others.  (The Dalai Lama)

– The body is your temple.  Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.  (B.K.S. Iyengar)







(Spring Liao, update 04/05/2017)