Buddhist wisdom arose from the teachings of Siddhārtha Gautama, who was born as a prince and eventually became a wisdom teacher that reached enlightenment through the practice of meditation. (The word Buddha means “enlightened one” or “one who is awake.”)
After his death, followers of the Buddha passed on his teachings orally for hundreds of years. Because of this, most Buddhist wisdom texts — of which there are many — frame the words with some form of “thus did I hear.”
Some wisdom passages from Buddhism include:
- The best of the Dhammapada
- The best of the Lotus Sutra (forthcoming)
- The best of the Diamond Sutra (forthcoming)
For more, see our growing wisdom library.