What Buddha Knew About the Law of Attraction

By Boni Lonnsburry


Who doesn’t love Buddha? Whether you’re a devout Buddhist or you just feel the love and peace when gazing upon his image, Buddha touches us. The name “Buddha” means “the enlightened one.” And enlightened he was, especially for 2,500 or so years ago.

In fact Buddha was so impressive, that an entire religion sprung forth from his philosophy. In a nutshell, Buddhism teaches that people can overcome suffering by living a life filled with right choice, happiness and compassion.

Of course these are beautiful sentiments, and everyone would do well to abide by them. But he also said a whole lot more about creating our own personal heaven on earth. Buddha knew, even way back then, that we create our own realities.

Buddha not only knew about the law of attraction, he taught it. Take a look at the lessons he left us about the power of the mind which are reflected in some quotations attributed to him:

We Create Our Own Health:

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” ~ Buddha

We Create Our Own Enemies

“An outside enemy exists only if there is anger inside.” ~ Buddha

We Create Our Own Allies

“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much.” ~ Buddha

We Create Our Own Pain

“One thought leads to heaven, one thought leads to hell.” ~ Buddha

We Create Our Own Happiness

“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

We Create Our Own Suffering

“Attachment leads to suffering.” ~ Buddha

We Create Our Own Peace

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

We Create Our Own Bad Luck

“It is wrong to think that misfortunes come from the east or from the west; they originate within one’s own mind. Therefore, it is foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world and leave the inner mind uncontrolled.” ~ Buddha

We Create Our Own Good Luck

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thoughts, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.” ~ Buddha

We Create Our Own Abilities

“He is able who thinks he is able.” ~ Buddha

We Create All That Is Around Us

“If a man’s mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure.” ~ Buddha

We Create Our Own Reality

“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” ~ Buddha

Now I cannot attest to the absolute accuracy of these quotes since to my knowledge I wasn’t around when they were first uttered. However, Buddha did seem to see the world as the product of our mind.

And we can only speculate why more of this philosophy isn’t emphasized in the Buddhist religion. I do think it is important, however, that we pay attention now.

What Can We Do with Buddha’s Teachings?

I think the most important thing we can do with what Buddha taught about the power of the mind is to really let it sink in—we are powerful.

It’s easy to gloss over that…“Yeah, yeah, I know, I am powerful.” But, wait—you really ARE powerful. What are you doing with that power?

Buddha taught these ideas 2,500 years ago. Most people weren’t ready to harness their power and to create lives they love back then. Buddha may have been enlightened, but the world wasn’t.

That is changing now. We are currently able to grasp more of our considerable power than we have ever been, and the world is ready for every person upon it to create lives of absolute bliss. The question is, are you ready?

With love,

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Boni Lonnsburry is the author of three books including The Map - To Our Responsive Universe, Where Dreams Really Do Come True and the founder of Creation School, a place to develop conscious creation skills into artistry.

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  1. Michael Hamlin

    Do you have the sources for all the Buddha’s quotes? I would love to look more closely at the text they come from.

    • Boni

      Hi Michael,

      I’m sorry I don’t have the sources for the quotes…but you could probably find them online?


  2. laurie

    I want to believe but what is bothering me is,I was mentally,physically and sexually abused from birth until 18 and I don’t believe that I created that.I have no understanding of where to put those facts.I believe everything else about creating my life.Any advice?

    • Ed McShane

      Laurie, “your past doesn’t define you” is a pedestrian cliche that has great truth within its spirit. Our present defines who we are. Our present feels like our blueprint, but it is more akin to a reference. It incorporates the steps through our growth.
      For ten years, I was a social worker for Child Protective Services. For the last 24, I’ve been a psychotherapist and life coach,and I’ve worked with hundreds of people in reclaiming a sense of balance after an abusive past. Look at what you’ve learned. I will guess three things, and this is just the tip of the iceberg: One, you’re extremely sensitive. That is, you can feel somebody’s energy from down the street. You were conditioned, as a child, to be hyper-alert to oncoming tension. Hence, your heightened sensitivities can give NASA satellites a run for their money. Secondly, you know pain. And as a result, that knowledge has deepened your empathy, sympathy and compassion for those who have suffered the same difficulties. And, third, you are motivated to help others through your “experience, strength, and hope”, as they say in A.A.
      You can manifest that package into becoming one of the great healers of the decade, my friend. Look to your past as a wonderful framework for your life. Albeit painful, your life steeped your spirit in awareness for the welfare of others. To you, I am certain it comes as naturally as breathing. You now can thank this life, with deep gratitude, for setting your direction toward elevating the hearts of so many that will learn from what you’re willing to share.

  3. Laura

    Thank you for this. I’m trying to embrace this lifestyle and currently in the midst of many stressful things that I’m sure come from past thoughts. However I also have many blessings I can see when I stop worrying about the stressful things, which is very hard for me. Starting this journey!

  4. Sarah

    Thank you, Boni! Most beautifully written. I am discovering the truth in this every day. Thank you for you daily reminders to be ever mindful of our thoughts! It is a lifestyle, that is for sure! Have a most lovely day, with love ~ Sarah

    • Boni


      You are most welcome! It’s so much fun, this discovering…and just imagine where you’ll be a year from now!



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