Do you know who said this about Buddhism?

By: Narra Jackson
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Can you guess which buddhist, author, or intellectual in the field of buddhism said these quotes? Take the quiz and find out!

Who said: "You only lose what you cling to."

Gautama Buddha is full of wise words for those willing to listen. He is also known as Siddhartha Gautama or Shakyamuni Buddha. His name signifies that he is the Buddha after the Buddha.

Who said: "Yes I am, I am also a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and a Jew."

Mahatma Gandhi is as much of a household name as Buddha. Although he was born and raised Hindu, he believes and loves all people and religions. Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

Who said: "Rage -- whether in reaction to social injustice, or to our leaders' insanity, or to those who threaten or harm us -- a powerful energy that, with diligent practice, can be transformed into fierce compassion."

Bonnie Myotai Treace is the founder and head Sensei of an organization called Hermitage Heart. She is known for her work in women's spirituality, poetry, and the nexus of our minds and the environment.

Who said: "The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself."

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Thien Buddhist from Vietnam, who is also a peace activist. He currently lives in a place called Plum Village in the Dordogne region of the south of France.

Who said: "You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself."

Alan W. Watts was very busy in his lifetime. Living to be 58, he was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker. He is best known for being an interpreter and popularizing Eastern philosophy to a Western audience.

Who said: “We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.”

Herman Hesse was a German/Swiss poet, novelist, and painter, and gave us this brilliant thought-piece about our perspectives on ourselves. He is known for exploring an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge, and spirituality. He also received a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946.

Who said: “Life is painful. It has thorns, like the stem of a rose. Culture and art are the roses that bloom on the stem. The flower is yourself, your humanity. Art is the liberation of the humanity inside yourself.”

Daisaku Ikeda is a very well known person in the Buddhist community. He is a Buddhist philosopher, educator, author, and anti-nuclear activist. He served as a president for Japan's newest religious movements called Soka Gakkai.

Who said: “The thought manifests the word; the word manifests the deed; the deed develops into habit; and habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care… Born out of compassion for all beings. As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.”

Juan Mascaro is most known for his work translating the Hindu text Bhagavad Gita and some of the major Upanishads. He was born in Majorca, Spain to a modest farming family.

Who said: "Purity or impurity depends on oneself, no one can purify another."

Gautama Buddha is the primary figure in Buddhism. He is recognized by Buddhists as an enlightened or divine teacher that once he had attained full Buddhahood, helped other sentient beings through his insights and with rebirth.

Who said: “It turned out this man worked for the Dalai Lama. And she said gently-that they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born-and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible.”

Anne Lammot is an American novelist and non-fiction writer. She is known for her witty sarcasm in writing, and her progressive political activism in her life. Check her out, her books are worthy reads.

Who said: “I am a lover of what is, not because I'm a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality.”

Byron Katie is an American public speaker that talks about a method of self-inquiry called "The Work." She is married to a fellow writer and translator, and lives in Texas.

Who said: “Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.”

Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk that lived a long time ago... during the 5th or 6th century. He is regarded as China's first patriarch in the realm of bringing Chan Buddhism to China.

Who said: “I cannot say this too strongly: Do not compare yourselves to others. Be true to who you are, and continue to learn with all your might.”

Daisaku Ikeda is still alive at the ripe age of 88. Among his many other accomplishments, as of 2015 Daisaku had published more than 50 dialogues with scholars, peace activists, and leading world figures. He is definitely one of the world's major role models.

Who said: “Searching outside of you is Samsara (the world). Searching within you leads to Nirvana.”

Dr. Amit Ray is an Indian author and spiritual master. He is known for his teaching on yoga, peace, compassion, and meditation.

Who said: “Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”

The man behind this quote is the 14th succession of the Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are considered important monks of the Gelug school, which is the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism which is headed by the Ganden Tripas.

Who said: “Emotional states are fairly quick bursts of neuronal gossip. Traits, on the other hand, are more like the neuronal equivalent of committed relationships.”

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a Nepalese teacher and master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He has written two best selling books and has helped builded meditation centers all over the world.

Who said: “The question has often been asked; Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy? It does not matter what you call it. Buddhism remains what it is whatever label you may put on it. The label is immaterial. Even the label 'Buddhism' which we give to the teachings of the Buddha is of little importance. The name one gives is inessential.... In the same way Truth needs no label: it is neither Buddhist, Christian, Hindu nor Moslem. It is not the monopoly of anybody. Sectarian labels are a hindrance to the independent understanding of Truth, and they produce harmful prejudices in men's minds.”

Walpola Rahula was a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, scholar, and a writer. In 1964 he became a professor for Northwestern University making him the first bhikkhu to hold a professional position in the Western World.

Who said: “Pain is not wrong. Reacting to pain as wrong initiates the trance of unworthiness. The moment we believe something is wrong, our world shrinks and we lose ourselves in the effort to combat the pain.”

Tara Brach is an American psychologist and big supporter and proponent of Buddhist meditation. She is the founder to a meditation center in Washington D.C. called the Insight Meditation Community.

Who said: “No sane person fears nothingness."

Robert A.F. Thurman is an American Buddhist writer who has written, translated, and edited many books on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism.

Who said: “True compassion is undirected & holds no conceptual focus. That kind of genuine, true compassion is only possible after realizing emptiness.”

Tsoknyi Rinpoche or also known as or called Ngawang Tsoknyi Gyatso is a Nepalese Tibetan Buddhist teacher. He also is responsible for founding the Pundarika Foundation, and is an author to top everything off.

Who said: “Do not ask for less responsibility to be free and relaxed -- Ask for more strength!”

Sheng-yen was a Chinese Buddhist monk, religious scholar, and one of the most mainstream teachers of Chan Buddhism.

Who said: “We are fragmented into so many different aspects. We don't know who we really are, or what aspects of ourselves we should identify with or believe in. So many contradictory voices, dictates, and feelings fight for control over our inner lives that we find ourselves scattered everywhere, in all directions, leaving nobody at home.%0DMeditation, then, is bringing the mind home.”

Sogyal Rinpoche is a Tibetan Dzogchen lama of the Nyingma tradition. He has been teaching well over 30 years and still travels widely throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia spreading his teachings and wisdom.

Who said: “It is not what you can do for your country, but what you can do for all of mankind.”

Mike Norton is an American comic book artist and writer, known for his work on Battlepug. Although his background isn't in Buddhism, this quote is very much in line with the Buddhist train of thought. We need more thinkers like this!

Who said: “Truth is the same always. Whoever ponders it will get the same answer. Buddha got it. Patanjali got it. Jesus got it. Mohammed got it. The answer is the same, but the method of working it out may vary this way or that."

Satchidananda Saraswati, who was born as C. K. Ramaswamy Gounder and is currently known as Swami Satchidananda, was an Indian religious teacher, spiritual master and propellor of yoga. He gained major fame and following for his teachings in the West.

Who said: “I guess if I had to pick a spiritual figurehead to possess the deed to the entirety of Earth, I'd go with Buddha, but only because he wouldn't want it.”

Sarah Jane Vowell gave us this funny thought and line about Buddha. She is an American author, journalist, essayist, social commentator and actress. She has been called the "social observer," and has written seven nonfiction books on American history and culture.

Who said: “Love one another." If we took those simple words to heart, we'd already be the Buddhas Jesus wanted us to be.”

Kathleen Dowling Singh teaches transpersonal psychology and works as a mentor for deep psychospiritual growth work. She lectures throughout the United States on spirituality, transformation, and meditative/contemplative practices.

Who said: “Within my body are all the sacred places of the world and the most profound pilgrimage that I can ever make is within my own body."

Saraha, or in the Tibetan language "The Arrow Shooter", was known as the first Sahajiya and one of the Mahasiddhas. The name Saraha means "the one who has shot the arrow."

Who said: “When energy turns in—what Buddha calls paravritti, the coming back of your energy to the source—suddenly clarity is attained. Then you can see clouds a thousand miles away, and then you can hear ancient music in the pines.”

Osho was born in India as Chandra Mohan Jain. He has been formerly known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Osho has become a household names in many ways. He was a mystic, guru, and spiritual teacher. He helped the beginning of the international Rajneesh movement.

Who said: “I'd like to divide myself in order to see, among these mountains, each and every flower of every cherry tree."

Saigyō Hōshi was a famous Japanese poet of the late Heian and early Kamakura period. He dies in 1190 at the age of 71. He lived during the traumatic period where power was being transitioned from the court nobles to the samurai warriors.

Who said: “To have some deep feeling about Buddhism is not the point; we just do what we should do, like eating supper and going to bed. This is Buddhism.”

Shunryu Suzuki was a Zen monk and teacher who helped to majorly popularize Zen Buddhism in the United States. He is renowned for founding the first Buddhist monastery outside of Asia.

Who said: “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.”

What can we say about Albert Einstein... he was German and practiced as a theoretical physicist. He is hugely famous and has taught the world about a variety of hugely important concepts and things. He may not be a Buddhist but he is an important genius to listen to.

Who said: “Only those few who are able to surpass their fear of death completely can fully experience the highest forms of life; not the mundane life of the mortal, but the godly life of the resurrected.”

Zeena Schreck is a Berlin-based American artist, musician, author, and animal rights activist. She is also known for her connection to Tantric Buddhism and she is the spiritual leader of the Sethian Liberation Movement which she began in 2002.

Who said: “If everything happens for a reason that means you made the right choice even when it’s the wrong choice”

Treyco is kind of a public mystery, but this quote is such an important one. This is something we should all be telling ourselves more often. Thank you Treyco for these wise words.

Who said: “To know yourself you must know the transience of your self.”

Ilyas Kassam is a writer and deeply passionate about food. More than anything he wants to redefine what it means to eat.

Who said: "A face without a smile is like a sky without a sun."

Dr. Debasish Mridha is an American physician, philosopher, poet, and author. He thinks it is important to seek out the deepest truths that affects human destiny.

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