The Buddha was a Libertarian Socialist… Really! Check Out These Quotes…

Buddha’s Communistic Statements

Thus, O monks, should you train yourselves: Considering one’s own welfare, this is sufficient to strive untiringly. Considering the welfare of others, this is sufficient to strive untiringly. Considering the welfare of both, this is sufficient to strive untiringly.

How can there be laughter, how can there be pleasure, when the whole world is burning?  When you are in darkness, will you not ask for a lamp?
Make haste and do what is good; keep your mind away from evil.  If a man is slow in doing good, his mind finds pleasure in evil.One who values happiness for himself but creates anxiety for other is confused.Even as on a heap of rubbish thrown away by the side of the road, a lotus flower may grow and Blossom with its pure perfume giving joy to the soul, in the same way among the blind multitudes shines pure the light of wisdom of the student who follows the Buddha, the One who is truly awake.Wherever the sage dwells, be it in village, forest, mountain, or valley, there the peace and harmony are always increased.Let him first find what is right and then he can teach it to others, thus avoiding useless pain.A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he in truth called wise.

Never surrender to carelessness; never sink into weak pleasures and lust.  Those who are watchful, in deep contemplation, reach the end, the joy supreme.

As a rock is indifferent to the wind and rain, so the wise are indifferent to criticism and praise.

Unshakeable is freedom for me, this is my last birth, there is now not becoming again.

Not to All creatures, all breathers, all beings and everything – may they all find good fortune, may none come to harm. be helpful to others, not to give to those in need, this is the fruit of samsara.  Better than this is to renounce the idea of self.

Palaces built of earth and stone and wood, wealthy men endowed with food and dress and finery, legions of retainers who throng round the mighty – these are like castles in the air, like rainbows in the sky, and how deluded those who think this is truth.

Invisible and subtle is the mind, and it flies after fancies wherever it likes: but let the wise man guard well his mind, for a mind well guarded is a source of great joy.

Mastery of the world is achieved by mastery of the pure self.

I am the result of my own deeds, heir to deeds.  Whatever deed I do, whether good or evil, I shall become its heir.  This should be contemplated often.

I reached in experience the nirvana which is unborn, unrivalled, secure from attachment, undecaying and unstained. This condition is indeed reached by me which is deep, difficult to see, difficult to understand, tranquil, excellent, beyond the reach of mere logic, subtle, and to be realized only by the wise.

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings — that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.

Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.

(taken from… but let me just state for the record, I am NOT in agreement with this organization regarding many key theoretical and practical points… though they do discuss the way in which Buddhism and Marxism can and are necessary as twin weapons in achieving outer and inner revolution and how the Dharma has radical implications…)

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