Buddhist Quotes About Stress Relief

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Buddhism is an ancient religion, but regardless of its historical roots, you’ve probably heard of the Dalai Lama, the high lama of the Mahayana Buddhist group. He and other key Buddhist figures are a wealth of inspiration when it comes to stress relief quotes, as many of the teachings of Buddhism promote ideals of acceptance, empathy, love and compassion.

Part of the reason Buddhist quotes and teachings are so relaxing for people is because many of them are applicable to your daily life, no matter what your take on religion is.

If you are looking for a few reminders about why your day may not be as bad as it seems or if you just need a mental refresh, these Buddhist stress relief quotes are a great way to start.

Even better, I’ve started updating this post every week, so you can keep coming back for more inspirational quotes.

An Ongoing Collection of Buddhist Stress Relief Quotes

1. “Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.” – Dalai Lama

2. “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” – Buddha

3. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama

4. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” – Buddha

5. “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha

6. “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” – Buddha

7. “Purity or impurity depends on oneself, no one can purify another.” – Buddha

8. “He is able who thinks he is able.” – Buddha

9. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought” – Buddha

10. “If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.” ― Śāntideva

11. “We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.” – Dalai Lama

12. “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” – Buddha

13. “A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.” – Buddha

14. “When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” – Buddha

15. “I have always had this view about the modern education system: We pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness, we take for granted.” – Dalai Lama

16. “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Buddha

17. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

18. “Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.” – Buddha

19. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

20. “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” – Buddha

21. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha

22. “You only lose what you cling to.” – Buddha

23. “As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.” – Buddha

24. “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.” – Buddha

25. “No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” – Buddha

26. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

27. “When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.” – Buddha

28. “Whoever doesn’t flare up at someone who’s angry wins a battle hard to win.” – Buddha

29. “Better than a thousand useless words is one useful word, hearing which one attains peace.” – Buddha

30. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

31. “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

32. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha

33. “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” ― Dalai Lama

34. “The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.” – Dalai Lama

35. “We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living. ” – Thich Nhat Hanh

36. “If you have a problem that can be fixed, then there is no use in worrying. If you have a problem that cannot be fixed, then there is no use in worrying.” – Buddhist proverb

37. “Failure teaches a man how to succeed.” – From Wat Phra Singh Buddhist temple

38. “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

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39. “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha

40. “With realization of one’s own potential and self confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” – Dalai Lama

41. “We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

42. “In every trial, let understanding fight for you.” – Buddha

43. “I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.” – Buddha

44. “Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.” – Daisaku Ikeda

45. “Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality.” – Pema Chodron

46. “Life is expressed in a perpetual sequence of changes. The birth of the child is the death of the baby, just as the birth of the adolescent is the death of the child.” – Arnaud Desjardins

47. “Someone else’s action should not determine your response.” – Dalai Lama

48. “Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.” – Dalai Lama

49. “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

50. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. – Buddha

51. “Some people and events are difficult to deal with, but they can only stress us if we let them. Breathe in calm, breathe out chaos, and anchor yourself in peace.” – Lori Deschene

52. “In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” – Buddha

53. “The basic root of happiness lies in our minds; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favourable.” – Matthieu Ricard

54. “There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

55. “There is no glory for a lazy person, however good looking.” – From Wat Phra Singh Buddhist temple

56. “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

57. “If it comes, let it. If it goes, let it.” – Unknown

Now that you’ve had a chance to ponder these stress relief quotes, compose your thoughts and emotions, think about the important things in life, and move on with the rest of your day stress-free.

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  1. Sebastian Aiden DAniels

    I love these quotes. Thanks for sharing. I think the one that resonates very strongly with me is the one about holding onto anger and how it just burns oneself. I’ve been in that position in my past. Where I reacted out of anger and it just made the situation worse and made me feel even more pain.

    5 years ago
    • Kayla Matthews

      Unfortunately, I can totally relate! I think learning how to get past anger is one of the hardest lessons many of us have to learn. “/

      For me, my favorite quote is this one: “He is able who thinks he is able.” I really think that if you can believe in yourself you can make just about anything happen. And that goes for believing in others, too. If you support your friends’ and family members’ dreams and goals by telling them that you believe in them, you might be surprised by how positively that impacts their lives. =)

      Thanks for reading, Sebastian!

      5 years ago
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  3. Emily Wilson

    Very nice collection of Quotes from Budha. Buddha is basically a South Indian and he left his family and children and moved to the places for peace and after some years he moved to China and trained Kung fu, Martial Arts and many more tricks to Chinese. By this we may say that Kung-fu and every thing comes from India.

    Check some jealousy quotes from Buddha.

    5 years ago
    • Sarika Chauhan

      Buddha was not from South India, He hailed from a King Dynasty from Northern Part of India, who was also called as Prince Siddhartha who later became Lord Gautam Buddha.

      4 years ago
  4. shaikhreza99

    “Jealousy is the bane of our national character, natural to slaves.” ~ Swamy vivekananda Jealousy Quotes

    5 years ago
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    Nice Post keep the good work you are really a great blogger, My favorite quote of all is-
    “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”

    4 years ago
  6. Stressin oireet

    “Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.” – Daisaku Ikeda

    Couldn’t say better. Thanks for sharing these!

    – Tiina

    3 years ago
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  8. Melissa

    There is nothing more motivating than an inspiring word from someone. Sometimes others wisdom can be just what you need. My favorite quote is “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” It reminds that it is always best to try and when you start something you should finish it. Thanks for this, I really needed to hear this today.

    2 years ago
  9. Jeanie Boo

    “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha
    How very true!

    2 years ago

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