Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. Buddha means awakened—awakened to ones true nature, to the essence of reality, to radiant emptiness. It does not mean god, deity, or celebrity. Buddha was clear that we shouldn’t blindly trust everything we are told, but rather to find out for ourselves what is real; which is why he gave this most important teaching: “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” – The Buddha
You will develop deep inner unshakable confidence when you are comfortable in your own skin. Be your own teacher to know your own wisdom. We see our own inner teacher reflected in our desire to be kinder, more loving. It is the impulsion to begin seeking answers, to aspire beyond our limitations, to climb our own particular mountain and find our own path, for within each of us is Buddha nature, the potential for awakening.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. We wouldn’t marry someone as soon as we meet them—we would take time to know them first. It is easy to believe someone if they have all the answers and will save us from ourselves. But, we are the only one who can do it. We have the wisdom of the ages inside our hearts; we just need to be still and look more closely, as the Buddha has done. Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech and a life of service and compassion are the things that renovate humanity.