Buddhism teaches us that every person can achieve enlightenment. The famous linguist and writer, Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, was among those who became convinced of this. In the late 19th century, he travelled all around Japan, cataloguing the various aphorisms from the country’s Buddhist tradition which were popular among the common people. Such sayings provide a fascinating look into the impact Buddhist philosophy has had on the thinking, speech and way of life of Japan.But they can also teach us something important. If you wish to achieve a healthier state of mind, we strongly recommend reading and contemplating the following statements.