Life is tough sometimes. Whether it’s your job, relationships, your mental health, or your physical health, life has a way of presenting obstacles that seem completely unfair.
But in times like these, it can be helpful to look to words of wisdom from eastern philosophy, who have a slightly different way of thinking than we do in the west.
They tend to focus on present moment living, letting go and making the most out of life.
Below I’ve presented 15 quotes from some of the greatest Buddhist philosophers that will offer an enlightening perspective to give you strength during hard times.
On Letting Go
“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be acheived unless we first establish peace within our own minds. We can send so-called ‘peacekeeping forces’ into areas of conflict, but peace cannot be oppossed from the outside with guns. Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world.” – Kelsang Gyatso