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Some Buddhists think the reason Buddha refused to answer some metaphysical questions is that they distract from the practical activity of realizing enlightenment.
  the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that suffering and rebirth end when enlightenment is obtained through right conduct, wisdom and meditation
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Buddhist Buddhism
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  • Some Buddhists think the reason Buddha refused to answer some metaphysical questions is that they distract from the practical activity of realizing enlightenment.
  • Your dad is a Buddhist, but your mom is an atheist.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • The Buddhists had arrived here in the second century and their kings ruled the valley for more than 500 years.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I learned that she was a world traveler, a classic eco-peacenik intellectual, a fitness fanatic and yoga expert, and a devout Buddhist possessed of a wry sense of humor, all incredibly welcome attributes to encounter in a fellow prisoner.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • He found the Sinhalese far too casual and complained about "the papaw-stinking buddhists."
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • "Oh no. We’re Buddhist," I said firmly, closing the door as the man began to protest.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • I’m not going to become a Buddhist if I might come back reincarnated as a stick insect.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • After speeches by Buddhist priests and the mayor, hundreds of white doves were freed from their cages.
    Eleanor Coerr  --  Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • But to borrow a Buddhist phrase, eventually came a setting face-to-face with pure reality.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Do what the Buddhists do.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie

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  • It was also one of the revered Buddhist religious sites, dating back to the second century and once home to hundreds of monks and many monasteries.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • As they climbed, Babi told them that Bamiyan had once been a thriving Buddhist center until it had fallen under Islamic Arab rule in the ninth century.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Should we wave a flag and tell the Buddhists that we have proof the Buddha did not come from a lotus blossom?
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He would not deign to examine even the masterpieces of Elephanta, or the mysterious hypogea, concealed south-east from the docks, or those fine remains of Buddhist architecture, the Kanherian grottoes of the island of Salcette.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The ancient Buddhist art of meditative stretching seemed an odd proficiency for the physicist daughter of a Catholic priest.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I do not know anything about Zen or things that the Chinese or Indians do as part of their religion, but one of the girls from the party with the tattoo and belly button ring has been a Buddhist since July.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • I’ve been reading about Buddhism.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Good-natured dogs, the Buddhists.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • They’d been married at the Manzanar internment camp in a tar paper Buddhist chapel.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • For some reason which nobody could define, the death of her son in the tunnel catastrophe had given her in Washington an aura of martyrdom, heightened by her recent conversion to Buddhism.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Your father had been a respected scholar and also devoted to the six virtues of Buddhism enshrined in this pagoda.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Our pickup point was a Buddhist church in Los Angeles.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • ’Miss Kayoko Nobutoki, a student of girl’s high school, Hiroshima Jazabuin, and a daughter of my church member, was taking rest with her friends beside the heavy fence of the Buddhist Temple.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Because the convent, which is common to the Orient as well as to the Occident, to antiquity as well as to modern times, to paganism, to Buddhism, to Mahometanism, as well as to Christianity, is one of the optical apparatuses applied by man to the Infinite.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Buddhist protocol dictates that travelers always pass mani walls on the left.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Obasan tells us that though she and Uncle are Christians, like Mother and Father and the Katos, Grandpa Nakane is Buddhist.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • It had once been the site of Buddhism’s third-largest monastery and a base for spreading the Buddha’s teachings north into the mountains.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • The young Buddhist priests were the worst of all.
    George Orwell  --  Shooting an Elephant
  • She drew back from everyone a bit, spending a lot of time next door with Boo where they drank tea, discussed Zen Buddhism, and read dream books together.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • My classmates were spinning their fantasies for the future: lawyer, ethnobotanist, Buddhist monk (it was a very progressive high school).
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • I was a Buddhist, a Jain, a Duck River Baptist.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Ginsberg, who never met a religion he didn’t like (he sometimes described himself as a "Buddhist Jew"), employs material from Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and virtually every world faith.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Christians, Muslims, and Buddhists may live in the same apartment building.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • (He reflects, getting more desperate and rapid.) A Hindu, a Buddhist and a lion-tamer chanced to meet, in a circus on the Indo-Chinese border.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Tantric symbolism was carried by medieval Buddhism out of India into Tibet, China, and Japan.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • An elevation of a specimen cave was produced; it was lettered "Buddhist Cave."
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Be Buddhist or a beatnik?
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Her family married her to a butcher—the lowest possible match for a woman devoted to the Buddhist way.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • The ancient Asiatics knew this well enough, and in the Buddhist Yoga an exact technique was devised for unmasking the illusion of the personality.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • He became aware that the doctrinal differences among Hinduism and Buddhism and Taoism are not anywhere near as important as doctrinal differences among Christianity and Islam and Judaism.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • His family, as you may be aware, wished to condemn them to the fire; but his executor—a Taoist or Buddhist monk—insisted on their publication.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • What if it didn’t matter if you were a Christian or a Jew or a Buddhist or a Wiccan or a . a transcendentalist?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Here was Kapilavastu, here the Middle Kingdom, and here Mahabodhi, the Mecca of Buddhism; and here was Kusinagara, sad place of the Holy One’s death.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Of the faiths that had existed before the coming of the Overlords, only a form of purified Buddhism-perhaps the most austere of all religions-still survived.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • After lunch we all walked along a rocky mountain path toward a small Buddhist temple, an old one built high on a hill, one of the few that had survived the Cultural Revolution.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I don’t care if he’s a very devout Buddhist veterinarian.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Then on the day appointed by the geomancer in the full of the spring of the year Wang Lung called priests from the Taoist temple and they came dressed in their yellow robes and their long hair knotted on their crowns, and he called priests from the Buddhist temples and they came in their long grey robes, their heads shaven and set with the nine sacred scars, and these priests beat drums and chanted the whole night through for the two who were dead.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • There was the Church of the Shrike, of course-there were no temples on Barnard’s World but many in the Web-but he soon found that seeking hard information in Shrike cult literature was like trying to map the geography of Sarnath by visiting a Buddhist monastery.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Ratri came in dressed as a Buddhist nun, and veiled.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • One night, I was deeply into a book about Buddhism when I saw a green Mercedes coming down our street.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
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