Did the Buddha Say? (with answers)

this section is not (i thinks) as offensive, crude as my other MDixos but probably sacrilegious to Buddhist and most others.  these are culled from various dubious english translations.   i’m not a dedicated buddhist…not of any of the cultures to which Buddhism can be said to be indigenous.  these were collected before 2001.  recently, my interest in buddhism has “deepened” and i’ve read various modern takes on it.  my sense is that we in the west (as in other cultures) will re make the buddha in our image, to fit our needs.  having said this…i collect the MalDichos for fun.  add’l note:  i’ll probably be adding dixos to this section.  buddhist & non-buddhist.


he who formerly was reckless and afterward became sober / brightens up this world / like the moon when freed from clouds.  / he whose evil deeds are covered by good deeds brightens up this world/ like the moon when freed from clouds.    –Buddha                              GdL: there’s hope for the hopeless sinner.

Well makers lead the water wherever they like, / fletchers bend the arrow, / carpenters bend a log of wood, / wise people fashion themselves.   —Buddha

Desire causes suffering.    –Buddha

and there’s never an end to desire.   –GdL

Understanding is not the same thing as not suffering.    –GdL

I feel just like Buddha’s son…that ain’t good.    -GdL

Make your own mistakes and you’re happy. / Make someone else’s mistakes (i.e. take their advice) and you’re un-happy.    –GdL

culled from NM Taleb’s skin in the game

those who talk should do and only those that do should talk.   – Sextus Empiricus against the professors

Avoid taking advice from someone who gives advice for a living, unless their is a penalty for their advice.      – Nassim M. Taleb

If a builder builds a house and the house collapses and causes the death of the owner of the house–the builder shall be put to death.   – Hammurabi

Do not do unto others what you would not have them do to you…What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow–this is the whole Torah, the rest is explanation…go and learn.                           -Hillel

Do nothing to others which if done to you would cause you pain.  this is the essence of morality.     – Leviticus 19:18


The more money you got, the more trouble you can buy.   –True but not the Buddha

To have enough is good luck, / to have more than enough is harmful. / This is true of all things but especially of money.   –Taoist dicho

Whatever I do has to be something I don’t have to lie about.   –an honest though perhaps a lazy man

All created things perish. / He who knows and sees this is at peace in a world of pain.                  –the Buddha

Do not follow the evil law! / Do not live on in thoughtlessness! / Do not follow the false doctrine! / Be not a friend of the world. / Follow the law of virtue. / The virtuous rest in bliss in this world and the next. / Follow the law of virtue. / Do not follow that of sin. / The virtuous rest in bliss in this world and in the next.     –-the Buddha

Be in the world/ not of the world.      –Yeshua (my translation…false?  true?)

look upon the world as you would on a bubble, / look upon it as on a mirage. / the king of death does not see him who thus looks down upon the world.   –the Buddha

Come.  / Look at this world / glittering like a royal chariot. / The foolish are immersed in it but the wise are not attached to it.   —Buddha

do not have evil doers for friends. / do not have blameworthy people for friends.  / have virtuous people for friends.  / have for friends the best of men.     –the Buddha

By one’s self, the evil is done. / By one’s self, one suffers. / By one’s self, evil is left undone. / By one’s self, one is purified. / The pure and impure stand and fall by themselves.  /  No one can purify another.    –Buddha

Beware of the anger of the tongue and control your tongue. / Leave the sins of the tongue and practice virtue with your tongue. / Beware the anger of the mind and control your mind. / Leave the sins of the mind and practice virtue with your mind.    –-Buddha

 Silence is golden.          -true but not the Buddha

Wordless is often better than words.    –true but not the Buddha

Stop talking. / Stop thinking and there is nothing you will not understand.                                       -from Buddhist poem

If you can’t say nothin’ nice, / please don’t talk at all / that’s my advice.                                        –Billie Holiday song

We are not (individually) intelligence but manifestations of intelligence.                                  –Aurobindo

a lesser intelligence cannot understand a greater intelligence.  – Aurobindo

Prepare for the worst.  Hope for the best.      -useful advice but not the Buddha

It’s better to live alone.  There is no companionship with a fool.   –Buddha

Do nothing



is left undone.               -my favorite Taoist Dixo

Well, you needn’t.                -Thelonious Sphere Monk

Less is best and none is best of all.        -counting down and dirty

I am dealing a world of desire….a very dangerous game to play…place your bets!                         -GdL

I don’t care what they say, I won’t stay in a world without love.   -Peter & Gordon song

Now that everyone goes there, no one goes there.          -Yogi Berra

it’s deja vu all over again.   -Yogi Berra

i go to other people’s funerals, so they’ll go to mine.   -Yogi Berra

How can I miss you, when you won’t go away?          -American dicho

Happy is he who pees wherever he pleases.    – certainly a Dog’s definition of happiness

There cannot be a God because if there were one, I would not believe that I was not he.                   -F Nietzsche

There cannot be a god because if there were, I would be very disappointed if I were not her.       -GdL

His disciples said to him, “when will the kingdom come?”  and Jesus said: “It will not come by expectation, they will not say ‘see here’ or ‘see there’.  but the kingdom of the father is spread upon the earth and men do not see it.”     -Gospel of Thomas

for behold the kingdom of god is within you.      -Gospel of Luke

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.                                                -Mignon McLaughlin

Sleep is lovely, / death is better still, / not to have been born is of course the miracle.                        -Heinrich Heine

We should weep for men at their births not at their deaths.    -Baron de Montesquieu

A man’s dying is more the survivor’s affair than his own.   -Thomas Mann

It’s not your world. You’re just decoration.   -a rather harsh truth.

Your in our world…get out.  -all other entities to man

Theology is not made by mystics.  Mystics are formed by theology.                                                         -bs from one of my favoritos, Thomas Merton

 Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves.      -Eric Hoffer The True Beleiver

Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.        -Francis Bacon

If the work of god could be comprehended by reason, it would be no longer wonderful,and faith would have no merit if reason provided proof.   -Pope Gregory I

Understanding is the reward of faith. / Therefore seek not to understand that thou may believe but believe that thou may understand.   -St Augustine

If the existence of god could be proven…what would be the value of faith.                                       -Joseph Campbell

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive.                                                 -nursery rhyme morality

Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which most of the bible is filled, it would be more consistent to call it the word of the demon than the word of god.  It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.  -Thomas Paine

Are you not frightened to see that perverts and serial killers are more attractive to us than the apostles?     -thanks to Ralph Waldo Emerson

The true way goes over a rope which is not stretched at any great height….it seems more designed to make people stumble than to be walked upon.      -F Kafka

Why do evil things happen to good people?    Satanas:  Because.

Why do good things happen to evil people?   -Life is funny that way.




Yes the Buddha Did Say that…


The perfect way is only difficult for those who pick and choose.

Make a hairsbreadth of difference and heaven and earth are set apart.

The struggle between for and against is the mind’s worst disease.

Stop all movement in order to get rest, and rest itself will be restless.

Linger over either extreme and oneness is forever lost.

The more you talk about it, / more you think about it, the further from it you go. / Stop talking, / Stop thinking and there is nothing you will not understand.

There is no need to seek truth, / only stop having views.

Do not accept either position, examine it or pursue it.

Though the two exist because of the one, do not cling to the one.

The doer vanishes along with the deed. / The deed disappears when the doer is annihlated. / The deed has no function apart from the doer.

Only if we haggle over fine and coarse are we tempted to take sides.

Let things take their own course.

Know that the essence will neither go or stay.

Let your nature blend with the way and wander in it free from care.

Thoughts that are fettered turn from the truth

Not liking brings weariness of spirit.

If you want to follow the doctrine of the one, do not rage against the world of the senses.

Those who know most do least.

Folly forges its own shackles.

In the Dharma there are no separate dharmas.

Only the foolish cleave to their own preferences and attachments.

To use thought to devise thoughts???/ What is more misguided than this??????

All that belongs to the two (or more) extremes is inference falsely drawn.

 Ignorance creates rest and unrest.  / Wisdom neither loves nor hates.

Is and isn’t, / Gain and loss…/ banish once & for all!!!

Being is an aspect of non-being. / Non-being is an aspect of being.

The one is none other than the all./ The all is none other than the one.

I have spoken, but in in vain, / for what can words tell of things that have no yesterday, tomorrow or today???           –from Seng Ts’an’s Poem on Trust in the Heart…..from the book The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha, EA Burtt, Mentor, 1955)

The evil doer mourns in this world, / and he mourns in the next. / He mourns in both. / He mourns and suffers when he sees the evil result of his own acts. / The evil doer suffers in this world and he suffers in the next. / He mourns and suffers when he sees the results of his own acts.

The virtuous man delights in this world, / and he delights in the next.  / He delights when he sees the purity of his own work.

Well makers lead the water wherever they like.  / Fletchers bend the arrow.  / Carpenters bend a log of wood. / Wise people fashion themselves. / As a fletcher makes straight his arrows, a wise man makes straight his trembling and unsteady thought / which is difficult to guard, difficult to hold back.

Few are there among men who arrive at the other shore. / The other people here run up and down the shore.

If one man conquer in battle a thousand times a thousand men / and if another conquer himself, he is the greatest of conquerors. / One’s own self conquered is better than all other people conquered. / Not even a god could change into defeat the victory of a man who has vanquished himself.              —the thousands

 Let the wise man guard his thoughts / for they are difficult to perceive / very subtle and they rush wherever they list/ thoughts well guarded bring happiness.

If a traveller does not meet with one who is his better or his equal/ let him firmly keep to his solitary journey.  / There is no companionship with a fool.

mejor solo que mal acompanado.   – mexican dixo

Him I call Brahman who utters true speech / instructive and free from harshness / so that he offends no one. / Him I call Brahman who is  tolerant among the intolerant / mild among the violent / and free from greed among the greedy.  / Him I call Brahman who without hurting any creatures / whether feeble or strong does not kill or cause slaughter.



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