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721 Quotes by the Dalai Lama

Wikipedia Summary for Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama (UK: , US: ; Tibetan: ཏཱ་ལའི་བླ་མ་, Wylie: Tā la'i bla ma [táːlɛː láma]) is a title given by the Tibetan people to the foremost spiritual leader of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the classical schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

The 14th and current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso, who lives as a refugee in India. The Dalai Lama is also considered to be the successor in a line of tulkus who are believed to be incarnations of Avalokiteśvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

Since the time of the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century, his personage has always been a symbol of unification of the state of Tibet, where he has represented Buddhist values and traditions. The Dalai Lama was an important figure of the Geluk tradition, which was politically and numerically dominant in Central Tibet, but his religious authority went beyond sectarian boundaries. While he had no formal or institutional role in any of the religious traditions, which were headed by their own high lamas, he was a unifying symbol of the Tibetan state, representing Buddhist values and traditions above any specific school.

The traditional function of the Dalai Lama as an ecumenical figure, holding together disparate religious and regional groups, has been taken up by the present fourteenth Dalai Lama. He has worked to overcome sectarian and other divisions in the exiled community and has become a symbol of Tibetan nationhood for Tibetans both in Tibet and in exile.

From 1642 until 1705 and from 1750 to the 1950s, the Dalai Lamas or their regents headed the Tibetan government (or Ganden Phodrang) in Lhasa which governed all or most of the Tibetan Plateau with varying degrees of autonomy under the Qing dynasty of China, in which Tibet had been under non-Tibetan suzerainty, and a period of disputed "de facto independence" between 1913 and 1951. This Tibetan government also enjoyed the patronage and protection of firstly Mongol kings of the Khoshut and Dzungar Khanates (1642–1720) and then of the emperors of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty (1720–1912).

In 1913, several Tibetan representatives including Agvan Dorzhiev signed a treaty between Tibet and Mongolia, proclaiming mutual recognition and their independence from China, however the legitimacy of the treaty and declared independence of Tibet was rejected by both the Republic of China and the current People's Republic of China. The Dalai Lamas headed the Tibetan government afterwards despite that, until 1951.

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If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

--Dalai Lama

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If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.

--Dalai Lama

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World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.

--Dalai Lama

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If there is love, there is hope that one may have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace.

--Dalai Lama

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I am just one human being.

--Dalai Lama

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In order to become prosperous, a person must initially work very hard, so he or she has to sacrifice a lot of leisure time.

--Dalai Lama

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All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.

--Dalai Lama

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Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

--Dalai Lama

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It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.

--Dalai Lama

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If a problem can be solved it will be. If it can not be solved there is no use worrying about it.

--Dalai Lama

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Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.

--Dalai Lama

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Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.

--Dalai Lama


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A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.

--Dalai Lama

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A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of some hidden treasure.

--Dalai Lama

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I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.

--Dalai Lama

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Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.

--Dalai Lama

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The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.

--Dalai Lama

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A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.

--Dalai Lama

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Some scientists believe climate change is the cause of unprecedented melting of the North Pole, and that effects these very uncertain weather patterns. I think we should listen to those scientists and experts.

--Dalai Lama

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In order to lead a meaningful life, you need to cherish others, pay attention to human values and try to cultivate inner peace.

--Dalai Lama

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The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.

--Dalai Lama

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Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend -- or a meaningful day.

--Dalai Lama

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In this century we have made remarkable material progress, but basically we are the same as we were thousands of years ago. Our spiritual needs are still very great.

--Dalai Lama

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Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.

--Dalai Lama


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Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.

--Dalai Lama

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In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.

--Dalai Lama

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We seek happiness in external things without realizing that they don't help when we have problems within. We need to focus instead on the joy that comes with peace of mind that allows us to remain happy whatever happens.

--Dalai Lama

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To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else.

--Dalai Lama

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True change is within; leave the outside as it is.

--Dalai Lama

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Through difficult experiences, life sometimes becomes more meaningful.

--Dalai Lama

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Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.

--Dalai Lama

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Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.

--Dalai Lama

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I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.

--Dalai Lama


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The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.

--Dalai Lama

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Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.

--Dalai Lama

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Compassion is the radicalism of our time.

--Dalai Lama

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If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.

--Dalai Lama

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Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

--Dalai Lama

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Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.

--Dalai Lama

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When we are caught up in a destructive emotion, we lose one of our greatest assets: our independence.

--Dalai Lama

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It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.

--Dalai Lama

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If at the beginning and end of our lives we depend upon the kindness of others, why in the middle of our lives should we not act kindly toward them? It is the pragmatic choice.

--Dalai Lama

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It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.

--Dalai Lama

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Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.

--Dalai Lama


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The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.

--Dalai Lama

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If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.

--Dalai Lama

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I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.

--Dalai Lama

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Sleep is the best meditation.

--Dalai Lama


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Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

--Dalai Lama

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Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future.

--Dalai Lama

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An open heart is an open mind.

--Dalai Lama

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

--Dalai Lama

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Love is the absence of judgment.

--Dalai Lama

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We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.

--Dalai Lama


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The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.

--Dalai Lama

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In most cases, my visits to the West are for promotion of human values and religious harmony.

--Dalai Lama

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If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.

--Dalai Lama

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Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well.

--Dalai Lama

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Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.

--Dalai Lama

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Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.

--Dalai Lama

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Human use, population, and technology have reached that certain stage where mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence.

--Dalai Lama

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When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.

--Dalai Lama

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We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.

--Dalai Lama

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Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.

--Dalai Lama

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Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

--Dalai Lama

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When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.

--Dalai Lama

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I one individual human being. One of the seven billion human being. I believe each of us, our future depends on the rest of humanity.

--Dalai Lama

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I always tell my Western friends that it is best to keep your own tradition. Changing religion is not easy and sometimes causes confusion. You must value your tradition and honor your own religion.

--Dalai Lama



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Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.

--Dalai Lama


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Media people should have long noses like an elephant to smell out politicians, mayors, prime ministers and businessmen. We need to know the reality, the good and the bad, not just the appearance.

--Dalai Lama

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Infinite altruism is the basis of peace and happiness. If you want altruism, you must control hate and you must practice patience. The main teachers of patience are our enemies.

--Dalai Lama


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Contemplating the suffering which is unbearable to us, and is unbearable to others, too, can produce awake mind, which arises from the compassion that wishes to free all living beings from suffering.

--Dalai Lama

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In our concern for others, we worry less about ourselves.

--Dalai Lama




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I think really, China, Chinese, I think they really have a long history of civilization, rich culture.

--Dalai Lama

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Happiness comes through taming the mind; without taming the mind there is no way to be happy.

--Dalai Lama



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Look at children...
If they feel angry with someone,
they express it, and then it is finished.
They can still play with that person the following day.

--Dalai Lama

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We must have a pure, honest, and warm-hearted motivation, and on top of that, determination, optimism, hope, and the ability not to be discouraged. The whole of humanity depends on this motivation.

--Dalai Lama

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Be a good human being, a warmhearted, affectionate person. That is my fundamental belief.

--Dalai Lama

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Today, as we wish each other a Happy New Year, let us determine to be more sincere, compassionate, warm-hearted human beings, trying to make our world a more equal place. That way we'll actually make it a happy year.

--Dalai Lama

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Whether or not we follow any particular spiritual tradition, the benefits of love and kindness are obvious to anyone.

--Dalai Lama

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Without freedom, creativity cannot flourish. The right to freedom is crucial to progress in any society; and the context is having a sense of global responsibility.

--Dalai Lama

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Pain can change you, but that doesn't mean it has to be a bad change. Take that pain and turn it into wisdom.

--Dalai Lama


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I am a firm believer in the importance of democracy, not only as the ultimate goal, but also as an essential part of the process.

--Dalai Lama


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The motivation of all religious practice is similar: love, sincerity, honesty. The way of life of practically all religious persons is consistent. The teachings of tolerance, love, and compassion are the same.

--Dalai Lama

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Reality is devoid of any intrinsic identity that can be captured by any one single proposition -- that is what Buddha meant by "voidness.

--Dalai Lama


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World peace must develop from inner peace.

--Dalai Lama

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True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason.

--Dalai Lama

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It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.

--Dalai Lama


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Today different ethnic groups and different nations come together due to common sense.

--Dalai Lama

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Buddhahood is a state free of all obstructions to knowledge and disturbing emotions. It is the state in which the mind is fully evolved.

--Dalai Lama



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Genuine happiness and compassion go hand in hand.

--Dalai Lama


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We have to make a sustained effort, again and again, to cultivate the positive aspects within us.

--Dalai Lama

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My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

--Dalai Lama

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I think governments can't do much.

--Dalai Lama

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Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

--Dalai Lama

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Had Tibet not fallen away from dharma China could not have invaded.

--Dalai Lama

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Suffering increases your inner strength. Also, the wishing for suffering makes the suffering disappear.

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I don't think generally politician come from democratic country. I think not that thinking. But sometimes little bit short-sighted. They are mainly looking for their next vote.

--Dalai Lama

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We know that to wage a nuclear war today, for example, would be a form of suicide; or that to pollute the air or the oceans in order to achieve some short-term benefit would be to destroy the very basis for our survival.

--Dalai Lama

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Infinite altruism is the basis of peace and happiness. If you want altruism, you must control hate and you must practice patience. The main teachers of patience are our enemies.

--Dalai Lama

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Inner disarmament, external disarmament; these must go together, you see. Peace is not just mere absence of violence -- genuine peace must start in each individual heart.

--Dalai Lama

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When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.

--Dalai Lama

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Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.

--Dalai Lama

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If a person's basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience.

--Dalai Lama

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By developing a sense of respect for others and a concern for their welfare, we reduce our own selfishness, which is the source of all problems, and enhance our sense of kindness, which is a natural source of goodness.

--Dalai Lama



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Self-rule means that China must stop its intensive effort to colonize Tibet with Chinese settlers and must allow Tibetans to hold responsible positions in the government of Tibet.

--Dalai Lama

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The creation of a more peaceful and happier society has to begin from the level of the individual, and from there it can expand to one's family, to one's neighborhood, to one's community and so on.

--Dalai Lama

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The world has also learned that economic growth, by itself, cannot close the gap between rich and poor.

--Dalai Lama

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When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.

--Dalai Lama


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Since periods of great change, such as the present one, come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.

--Dalai Lama

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Great changes start with individuals; the basis of world peace is inner peace in the hearts of individuals.

--Dalai Lama


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The basic condition of human life is happiness.

--Dalai Lama

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Human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself.

--Dalai Lama

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Every human actions becomes dangerous when it is deprived of human feeling. When they are performed with feeling and respect for human values, all activities become constructive.

--Dalai Lama

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In some cases, in order to protect global issues some sacrifice for national interest is worth it in the long run. Global warming, these things, they suffer everybody.

--Dalai Lama

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An enemy is indeed a precious teacher.

--Dalai Lama

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True compassion is universal in scope. It is accompanied by a feeling of responsibility.

--Dalai Lama




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Unlike physical progress, which is subject to natural restrictions, the qualities of the mind can be developed limitlessly.

--Dalai Lama

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The real test of compassion is not what we say in abstract discussions but how we conduct ourselves in daily life.

--Dalai Lama


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If we have a positive mental attitude, then even when surrounded by hostility, we shall not lack inner peace.

--Dalai Lama

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Everyday, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.

--Dalai Lama



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The foundation of the Buddha's teachings lies in compassion, and the reason for practicing the teachings is to wipe out the persistence of ego, the number-one enemy of compassion.

--Dalai Lama

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I only escaped from Tibet because I feared my people would resort to desperate violence if the Chinese took me as their prisoner.

--Dalai Lama


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The real destroyer of inner peace is fear and distrust. Fear develops frustration, frustration develops anger, anger develops violence.

--Dalai Lama

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Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.""Laughter is good for thinking because when people laugh, it is easier for them to admit new ideas to their minds.

--Dalai Lama

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If we are in a good mood when we get up in the morning, if there is a warm-hearted feeling within, automatically our inner door is opened for that day.

--Dalai Lama

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One can overcome the forces of negative emotions, like anger and hatred, by cultivating their counter-forces, like love and compassion.

--Dalai Lama


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Rulers come and go. It's the people who are the real rulers of the country.

--Dalai Lama


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The Dalai Lama is just a temporal leader of Tibet.

--Dalai Lama

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Most REAL change is slow. Happiness and joy are the purpose of life. If we know that the future will be very dark or painful, then we lose our determination to live. Therefore, life is something based on hope.

--Dalai Lama


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Even when we have physical hardships, we can be very happy.

--Dalai Lama

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The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.

--Dalai Lama

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Climate change has been immense difficulties of pains or illness or hard life on this planet. So through that way, you have sense of concern of the well being, not sky, not just the environment itself.

--Dalai Lama

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Whatever the intellectual quality of the education given our children, it is vital that it include elements of love and compassion, for nothing guarantees that knowledge alone will be truly useful to human beings.

--Dalai Lama

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Love and compassion are the pillars of world peace.

--Dalai Lama

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World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.

--Dalai Lama




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All good qualities must be sown and cultivated. We can't expect to change overnight from an ordinary person into one with high realizations.

--Dalai Lama


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I don't take myself too seriously! That makes me happy.

--Dalai Lama


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Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

--Dalai Lama


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Computers make me totally blank out.

--Dalai Lama

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With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.

--Dalai Lama

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Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

--Dalai Lama

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There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.

--Dalai Lama

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People should not rush to change religions. There is real value in finding the spiritual resources you need in your home religion. Even secular humanism has great spiritual resources; it is almost like a religion to me.

--Dalai Lama

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Compassion and love is the source of external and internal peace and is also the root of racial survival.

--Dalai Lama

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If I had not been a monk, I would have become an engineer.

--Dalai Lama

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Different religions meet the needs of different people.

--Dalai Lama

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There are five billion human beings and in a certain way I think we need five billion different religions.

--Dalai Lama

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There is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.

--Dalai Lama


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No material object, however beautiful or valuable, can make us feel loved, because our deeper identity and true character lie in the subjective nature of the mind.

--Dalai Lama

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Follow the three R's: -- Respect for self. -- Respect for others. -- Responsibility for all your actions.

--Dalai Lama

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Without love we could not survive. Human beings are social creatures,
and a concern for each other is the very basis of our life together.

--Dalai Lama

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I believe the twenty-first century can become the most important century of human history. I think a new reality is emerging. Whether this view is realistic or not, there is no harm in making an effort.

--Dalai Lama

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All religions are essentially the same in their goal of developing a good human heart so that we may become better human beings.

--Dalai Lama



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Consider that not only do negative thoughts and emotions destroy our experience of peace, they also undermine our health.

--Dalai Lama



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Ultimately, the reason why love and compassion bring the greatest happiness is simply that our nature cherishes them above all else. The need for love lies at the very foundation of human existence.

--Dalai Lama

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Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

--Dalai Lama

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In the modern world, the interests of a particular community can no longer be considered to lie within the confines of its own boundaries.

--Dalai Lama

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All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment.

--Dalai Lama



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If we have no inner peace, we deceive ourselves into thinking that comfort and prosperity will bring happiness.

--Dalai Lama

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Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

--Dalai Lama


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If you develop a pure and sincere motivation, if you are motivated by a wish to help on the basis of kindness, compassion, and respect, then you can carry on any kind of work, in any field, and function more effectively.

--Dalai Lama

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Don't use Buddhism to become a Buddhist. Use Buddhism to become better at whatever else in your life you are doing already.

--Dalai Lama

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Not only can I not recall my experiences in my previous lives, sometimes I can't even remember what I did yesterday.

--Dalai Lama

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A tree with strong roots can withstand the most violent storm, but the tree can't grow roots just as the storm appears on the horizon.

--Dalai Lama

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If you are honest, truthful, and transparent, people trust you. If people trust you, you have no grounds for fear, suspicion or jealousy.

--Dalai Lama

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We must recognize that all beings want the same thing we want. This is the way to achieve a true understanding, unfettered by artificial consideration.

--Dalai Lama

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In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.

--Dalai Lama



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The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticise others.

--Dalai Lama






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Instead of harboring fear and suspicion we need to think of other people not as ‘them' but ‘us'.

--Dalai Lama



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I learn as much from a turtle as from a religious text.

--Dalai Lama


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Many Tibetans sacrifice their lives.

--Dalai Lama

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To reduce destructive emotions we need to strengthen constructive emotions. For example, to counter anger we cultivate love and compassion.

--Dalai Lama

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Happiness can be achieved through training the mind.

--Dalai Lama


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Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventures, and for hides and furs is a phenomenon which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging in such acts of brutality.

--Dalai Lama

white tulip flower in close up photography

The antidote to hatred in the heart, the source of violence, is tolerance.

--Dalai Lama

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

The basis of human rights is happy life. Everyone wants to lead a happy life for which we need to have a holistic approach.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

Awareness of death is the very bedrock of the entire path. Until you have developed this awareness, all other practices are obstructed.

--Dalai Lama


landscape photo of mountains under starry sky at nighttime

When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved. This is action out of compassion.

--Dalai Lama

pug lying on pet bed

The message of love and compassion will travel far and wide if all who follow a spiritual path work together in harmony and mutual respect.

--Dalai Lama

Arizona landscape

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.

--Dalai Lama


blue and white water waves

My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, introduce education about warm-heartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding.

--Dalai Lama

white and blue ice in water

To foster inner awareness, introspection, and reasoning is more efficient than meditation and prayer.

--Dalai Lama


sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

Today we understand that the future of humanity very much depends on our planet, and that the future of the planet very much depends on humanity.

--Dalai Lama

top view photography of heart latte coffee

We can hardly call a beggar an obstacle to generosity.

--Dalai Lama

white cow eating green grass

Our life depends on others so much that at the root of our existence is a fundamental need for love. That is why it is good to cultivate an authentic sense of responsibility and concern for the welfare of others.

--Dalai Lama


blue sky and white clouds

Because my main concern is the Tibetan Buddhist culture, not just political independence, I cannot seek self-rule for central Tibet and exclude the 4 million Tibetans in our two eastern provinces of Amdo and Kham.

--Dalai Lama

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

Once you have a genuine sense of concern for others, there's no room for cheating, bullying or exploitation.

--Dalai Lama

pink and white light illustration

Without mutual tolerance emerging as the foundation, terrible situations like those of Tibet and Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Rwanda, can never be effectively improved.

--Dalai Lama

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

It is a wonderful thing if one can use one's place of work as a place of spiritual practice as well.

--Dalai Lama

blue ocean

A sense of contentment is a key factor for attaining happiness.

--Dalai Lama

blue sky

A positive future cannot emerge from the mind of anger of despair.

--Dalai Lama

blue and white painted wall

Basically, a human being is a social animal. So, if you create some short moment of happiness for people, you get deep satisfaction.

--Dalai Lama

bonfire in forest

The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.

--Dalai Lama

shallow focus photography of purple flower

Spiritually, yes, now many people knows Tibetans in spiritual field are very, very advanced but in material field is very, very backward.

--Dalai Lama

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

With genuine love and compassion, another person's appearance or behavior has no affect on your attitude.

--Dalai Lama


red and white led lighted heart decor

By deceiving one another through false assumptions and misrepresentations there has been, in reality, a great lapse and delay in achieving the real goals.

--Dalai Lama

blue and white abstract painting

In twenty years' time I'll be eighty-three, just an old man with a stick moving like a sloth bear. While I'm alive, I am fully committed to autonomy, and I am the person who can persuade the Tibetan people to accept it.

--Dalai Lama

shallow focus photography of books

Our prime purpose in life is to serve others.

--Dalai Lama

white and blue building under clear sky

There needs to be understanding that anger never helps to solve a problem. It destroys our peace of mind and blinds our ability to think clearly. Anger and attachment are emotions that distort our view of reality.

--Dalai Lama

purple and blue light illustration

It is felt that a disciplined mind leads to happiness and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering, and in fact it is said that bringing about discipline within one's mind is the essence of the Buddha's teaching.

--Dalai Lama

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Even modern medical researchers have come to the conclusion that peace of mind is vital for good health.

--Dalai Lama



white smoke

By far the single greatest danger facing humankind -- in fact, all living beings on our planet -- is the threat of nuclear destruction.

--Dalai Lama

green and white abstract painting

True spirituality is a mental attitude you can practice at any time.

--Dalai Lama

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.

--Dalai Lama

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

I do not see any reason why animals should be slaughtered to serve as human diet when there are so many substitutes. After all, man can live without meat.

--Dalai Lama


white concrete building

There is a saying in Tibetan, "Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength." No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.

--Dalai Lama


plain background

My overriding belief is that it is always possible for criminals to improve and that by its very finality the death penalty contradicts this.

--Dalai Lama

blue and white water waves

There is no need to mention the great difference between the amount of satisfaction there is in just oneself being happy and the amount of satisfaction there is in an infinite number of people being happy.

--Dalai Lama

yellow petaled flower screenshot

The highest happiness is when one reaches the stage of liberation, at which there is no more suffering.

--Dalai Lama

adult black and tan dachshund

Once a year, go some place you've never been before.

--Dalai Lama

empty pathway

Spend some amount of time alone everyday.

--Dalai Lama


man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Our attitude towards suffering becomes very important because it can affect how we cope with suffering when it arises.

--Dalai Lama


purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

Affection is important because it counters anger, hatred and suspicion that can prevent our minds from functioning clearly.

--Dalai Lama

closed white painted door with exit signage

Anger and hatred lead to fear; compassion and concern for others allow us to develop self-confidence, which breeds trust and friendship.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

As far as mental development is concerned, we should never be complacent. We can develop our minds infinitely -- there is no limitation.

--Dalai Lama

blue sky with white clouds

Anger, jealousy, impatience, and hatred are the real troublemakers, with them problems cannot be solved.

--Dalai Lama

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

I call the light and high aspects of my being spirit and the dark and heavy aspects soul.

--Dalai Lama


sunset

The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness.

--Dalai Lama


pink flower petals in macro photography

Medical science begin to notice for good health, peace of mind, self-confidence, optimism is something very important. And also preventive measure.

--Dalai Lama


person sleeping on gray gang chair

Other human beings have a right to peace and happiness that is equal to our own; therefore we have a responsibility to help those in need.

--Dalai Lama



mountain with tree during daytime

There must be a way of promoting human values without involving religion, based on common sense, experience and recent scientific findings.

--Dalai Lama

low angle photography of purple sky

Whether someone believes something or not, believer or non-believer, as long as you are a member of the human family, you need warm human feeling, warmhearted feeling.

--Dalai Lama


landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease.

--Dalai Lama


close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.

--Dalai Lama


full moon in the sky

I felt we must separate political responsibility. The Dalai Lama should not carry that burden. So that is my selfish reason -- to protect the old Dalai Lama tradition. It is safer without political involvement.

--Dalai Lama

round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

In the interests of everyone the artist had a responsibility to use his medium well. In the Tibetan culture, most of the paintings are of deities or Buddhas, and they try to send a message of the value of the spiritual.

--Dalai Lama


grayscale photography of person on beach

If there is no solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it. If there is a solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it.

--Dalai Lama

white flower in grayscale photography

Always embrace the common humanity that lies at the heart of us all.

--Dalai Lama

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

When you engage in fulfilling the needs of others, your own needs are fulfilled as a by-product.

--Dalai Lama

brown and gray brick wall

A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man´s wisdom even if he associates with a sage.

--Dalai Lama

two white flowers

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.

--Dalai Lama

yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky

Fear, hatred, and suspicion narrow your mind -- compassion opens it.

--Dalai Lama

white and blue floral textile

The main cause of suffering is egoistic desire for one's own comfort and happiness.

--Dalai Lama

lights

I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.

--Dalai Lama

plain

If you can do something about a situation, why worry? And if you can't do something about a situation, why worry?

--Dalai Lama

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

Without changing one's self, without peace in one's self, world peace is not possible.

--Dalai Lama


clear hour glass beside pink flowers

The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life.

--Dalai Lama

man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building

Anger, hatred, fear, is very bad for our health.

--Dalai Lama

red rose in black background

From that viewpoint, America, free country, democratic country, so more opportunity. Still is more sort of Alive. This is my feeling.

--Dalai Lama

shallow focus photography of purple flower

How can we eliminate the deepest source of all unsatisfactory experience? Only by cultivating certain qualities within our mindstream.

--Dalai Lama

pink tulips on gray wooden surface

God exists or God does not exist. Leave it for us. Your task is to learn how to live peacefully.

--Dalai Lama




person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

China has to go along with world trends. That's democracy, liberty, individual freedom. China sooner or later has to go that way. It cannot go backward.

--Dalai Lama

black wooden louver door window

When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot.

--Dalai Lama

selective focus photo of brown and blue hourglass on stones

Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

--Dalai Lama

Arizona landscape

A generous heart and wholesome actions lead to greater peace.

--Dalai Lama

person holding brown leaf

Genuine happiness comes from focusing on the happiness of others.

--Dalai Lama

pink flowers in vase

Life can be pleasant or miserable. To lead a fruitful life, and to make it positive, practice analytical meditation.

--Dalai Lama



closeup photo of sunflower

Self-discipline is crucial to a simpler, more contented life.

--Dalai Lama

round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

If one assumes a humble attitude, one's own good qualities will increase. Whereas if one is proud, one will become jealous of others, one will look down on others, and due to that there will be unhappiness in society.

--Dalai Lama

fireplace on fire

From adversity we can learn the value of patience.

--Dalai Lama

group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

People should never sit alone for too long when they're crying.

--Dalai Lama

white printer paper on brown wooden table

One country ... one ideology, one system is not sufficient. It is helpful to have a variety of different approaches ... We can then make a joint effort to solve the problems of the whole of humankind.

--Dalai Lama

brown and red paint brushes

To me there is no difference whether president, beggar, or king.

--Dalai Lama


nebulas

Firstly, as a Buddhist monk, I hold that violence is not good. Secondly, I am a firm believer in the Gandian ethic of passive resistance. And thirdly, in reality, violence is not our strength.

--Dalai Lama

bonfire in forest

Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles.

--Dalai Lama

selective focus photography of black and white bird on stem

The basic Buddhist stand on the question of equality between the genders is age-old. At the highest tantric levels, at the highest esoteric level, you must respect women: every woman.

--Dalai Lama

Arizona landscape donkey

I never dreamt, in my dream, I'm Dalai Lama.

--Dalai Lama


golden retriever inside car

True enlightenment is nothing but the nature of one's own self being fully realized.

--Dalai Lama

pen on brown board

We are all basically the same human beings, who seek happiness and try to avoid suffering. Everybody is my peer group. Your feeling "I am of no value" is wrong. Absolutely wrong.

--Dalai Lama

white

People assume that happiness stems from collecting things outside of yourself, whereas true happiness stems from removing things from inside of yourself.

--Dalai Lama

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter. Far more important is that they be a good human being.

--Dalai Lama


city lights from hill

Compassion should be unbiased and based on the recognition that others have the right to happiness, just like you.

--Dalai Lama


closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

I totally disagree with the view that the Tibet struggle will die, and there will be no hope for Tibet, after the Dalai Lama passes away.

--Dalai Lama

man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime

There is soul music, soul food, and soul love.

--Dalai Lama

black wooden door near green plant

I am convinced that everyone can develop a good heart and a sense of universal responsibility with or without religion.

--Dalai Lama

rock formation under starry skies

Fundamentally, the basis on which you can build a sense of caring for others is the capacity to love yourself.

--Dalai Lama





paper

Genuine happiness consists in those spiritual qualities of love, compassion, patience, tolerance and forgiveness and so on. For it is these which provide both for our happiness and others happiness.

--Dalai Lama




green leaf

By developing a sense of concern for others' well-being, then no matter what others' attitudes are, you can keep inner peace.

--Dalai Lama

body of water under blue sky with stars

Black Power If the motive is good, and there are no other possibilities, then seen most deeply it violence is nonviolence, because its aim is to help others.

--Dalai Lama

Arizona landscape

I am the source of my own suffering, because of the habits of my mind.

--Dalai Lama

black textile in close up photography

A source of trouble is our unruly minds. We can counter that by developing a warm heart. We need to effect an inner transformation, to understand that love and affection are a real source of joy.

--Dalai Lama

blue and white water waves

Hatred, jealousy, and fear hinder peace of mind. When you're angry or unforgiving, for example, your mental suffering is constant. It is better to forgive than to spoil your peace of mind with ill feelings.

--Dalai Lama

purple, white, and pink floral painting

Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.

--Dalai Lama

library shelf near black wooden ladder

Go at least once a year to a place you've never been before.

--Dalai Lama

person looking at the milkyway

We often add to our pain and suffering by being overly sensitive, over-reacting to minor things, and sometimes taking things too personally.

--Dalai Lama




brown and gray brick wall

Compassion is of little value if it just remains an idea. It must motivate how we respond to others and be reflective in all our thoughts and actions.

--Dalai Lama


flying blue and green hummingbird

We all need basic human values rooted in trust and affection.

--Dalai Lama


pug standing on bed

If you wish to make others happy, practice kindness.
If you wish to be happy, practice kindness.

--Dalai Lama

brown mountain at nighttime

Peace in the world relies on individuals finding inner peace.

--Dalai Lama

solid background

World economies are always so tenuous and we are subject to so many losses in life, but a compassionate attitude is something we can always carry with us.

--Dalai Lama

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

A thousand candles can be lit from one candle, however the life of the original candle is not shortened in the least.

--Dalai Lama


closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

If you shift your focus from oneself to others, and think more about others' well-being and welfare, it has an immediate liberating effect.

--Dalai Lama

time lapse photography of lightning during storm

Overcoming negative tendencies and enhancing positive potential are the very essence of the spiritual path.

--Dalai Lama


brown tree branch during daytime

If you resort to violent methods because the other side has destroyed your monastery, for example, you then have lost not only your monastery, but also your special Buddhist practices of detachment, love, and compassion.

--Dalai Lama



bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

If you focus only on yourself and neglect others, you will lose; but you will gain if you value others as much as you cherish yourself.

--Dalai Lama

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

To defy the authority of empirical evidence is to disqualify oneself as someone worthy of critical engagement in a dialogue.

--Dalai Lama

solid background

Do not think only of your own joy, but vow to save all beings from suffering. This is sharing in its highest form and purity beyond all poisons of this world.

--Dalai Lama

green leafed plant

The most important thing is transforming our minds, for a new way of thinking, a new outlook: we should strive to develop a new inner world.

--Dalai Lama

sun

You can develop the right attitude toward others if you have kindness, love and respect for them, and a clear realization of the oneness of all human beings.

--Dalai Lama






green trees on mountain during daytime

Certain beliefs must accompany every action: One should act without selfishness, cultivate compassion for all living things, and develop respect for others.

--Dalai Lama

photo of underwater

To seek solitude like a wild animal.  That is my only ambition.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette of woman during sunset

Your education tends to develop the brain while it neglects the heart, so you have a longing for teachings that develop and strengthen the good heart.

--Dalai Lama

green leaf in close up photography

Constructiveness is the human way.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette of person jumping in mid air

I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.

--Dalai Lama





silhouette of mountains during starry night

My Brain and My Heart are my Temples. My true Religion is Kindness.

--Dalai Lama



orange moon during nighttime

Do something that scares you every day. You have nothing to lose but fear itself.

--Dalai Lama


plain background

If you practice in accord with your individual capacity, little by little you will find more pleasure and joy in it. As you gain inner strength, your positive actions will gain in profundity and scope.

--Dalai Lama

green leafed seedlings on black plastic pots

In order to meditate correctly, you must have knowledge.

--Dalai Lama


yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

Unlike an external enemy, the inner enemy cannot regroup and launch a comeback once it has been destroyed from within.

--Dalai Lama


green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

Ultimately, the decision to save the environment must come from the human heart. The key point is a call for a genuine sense of universal responsibility that is based on love, compassion and clear awareness.

--Dalai Lama




glass window pane with yellow concrete wall

We had a rule in Tibet that anyone proposing a new invention had to guarentee that it was beneficial, or at least harmless, for seven generations of humans before it could be adopted.

--Dalai Lama


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What is important is to see how we can best lead a meaningful everyday life, how we can bring about peace and harmony in our minds, how we can help contribute to society.

--Dalai Lama

pink petaled flower

On a certain day, month and year one should observe the ceremony of tree-planting. Thus, one fulfils one's responsibilities, serves one's fellow-beings which not only brings happiness but benefits all.

--Dalai Lama

stars across the sky view at the desert

All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction.

--Dalai Lama

brown mountain

If you are showing love to your fellow human beings, you are showing love to your God.

--Dalai Lama

eyeglasses in bokeh photography

Individuality is very important for a full human life.

--Dalai Lama


pink flower

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.

--Dalai Lama

yellow sunflower in close up photography

The 20th century was the century of war and blood. The 21st century is the century of dialogue.

--Dalai Lama

green mountain ]

Remember that sometimes, not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.

--Dalai Lama

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

I became the Dalai Lama not on a volunteer basis.

--Dalai Lama

sunset

We have global communication and yet confrontation is more common than dialogue.

--Dalai Lama

yellow flower

All beings want to live in peace and happiness, undisturbed. Therefore the concept of human rights is universal.

--Dalai Lama

person holding hourglass

The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.

--Dalai Lama

pair of white lace-up shoes

Through training there is knowledge. You can produce compassion, love, forgiveness. you can change yourself.

--Dalai Lama

landscape photography of mountain

The ultimate way to solve human problems is with nonviolence.

--Dalai Lama

smiling woman

My religion is kindness. A good mind, a good heart, warm feelings these are the most important things.

--Dalai Lama

brown wooden door

I feel that we should not only maintain gentle, peaceful relations with our fellow human beings but also that is very important to extend the same kind of attitude toward the natural environment.

--Dalai Lama

light blue

I consider non-violence to be compassion in action. It doesn't mean weakness, cowering in fear, or simply doing nothing. It is to act without violence, motivated by compassion, recognising the rights of others.

--Dalai Lama

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

During the day extend that attitude to everyone you meet. Practice cherishing the "simplest" person (clerks, attendants, etc) or people you dislike.

--Dalai Lama



silhouette of stones during golden hour

Anger is the ultimate troublemaker. I feel you can express a strong disapproval or dislike of an object without losing your temper.

--Dalai Lama

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

Logically, harmony must come from the heart... Harmony very much based on trust. As soon as use force, creates fear. Fear and trust cannot go together.

--Dalai Lama


yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

Friends, genuine friends, have much more to do with whether we have a warm heart, not money or power.

--Dalai Lama

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.

--Dalai Lama

orange flowers

Once a year go someplace you've never been.

--Dalai Lama

elephants on green grass field during daytime

I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend with dignity, with honor.

--Dalai Lama



woman leaning against a wall in dim hallway

Religion does not mean just precepts, a temple, monastery, or other external signs, for these as well as hearing and thinking are subsidiary factors in taming the mind.

--Dalai Lama


clear wine glass with red wine

To be extremely self-centred, only interested in your own satisfaction, always brings negative consequences in the long run.

--Dalai Lama

tall green flowering grasses under blue and white cloudy sky

The only way to fail is to quit.

--Dalai Lama

blue and white painted wall

The person who received maximum affection from mother, that person also sort of cultivated the potential showing affection to others.

--Dalai Lama


Light blue to dark blue gradient

If you harbor hatred or ill feelings toward a person, the feeling does not hurt the enemy. It only harms your own peace of mind and eventually your own health.

--Dalai Lama



bird on pier

Anger and hatred are the real enemies that we must confront and defeat, not the 'enemies' who appear from time to time in our lives.

--Dalai Lama

rock mountain during starry night

Ethics: The indispensable interface between my desire to be happy and yours.

--Dalai Lama


blue and white painted wall

A positive state of mind is not merely good for you, it benefits everyone with whom you come into contact, literally changing the world.

--Dalai Lama

pink flower

If we want to save the world, we must have a plan. But no plan will work unless we meditate.

--Dalai Lama



aerial photography of pine trees with mist

A balanced and skillful approach to life, taking care to avoid extremes, becomes a very important factor in conducting one's everyday existence.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette of kneeling man

All I can do is engage with complete sincerity. Then whatever happens, there is no regret.

--Dalai Lama

pink tulips in clear glass vase

The practice of love can be expressed in one sentence: 'Do not harm others.'

--Dalai Lama

selective photography of green leaf plant

A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.

--Dalai Lama

sunset with rainbow

Too strong a media emphasis on death and violence can lead to despair.

--Dalai Lama

green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

The deep root of failure in our lives is to think, 'Oh how useless and powerless I am.' It is essential to think strongly and forcefully, 'I can do it,' without boasting or fretting.

--Dalai Lama

Arizona landscape rocks

We cannot overcome anger and hatred simply by suppressing them. We need to actively cultivate the antidotes: patience and tolerance.

--Dalai Lama

pink and blue sky with moon

Death means change our clothes. Clothes become old, then time to come change. So this body become old, and then time come, take young body.

--Dalai Lama

sunset with agave stem

Im a Tibetan monk, not a vegetarian.

--Dalai Lama


man and woman holding hands in silhouette photography

In some cases is keeping your mouth shut the best answer.

--Dalai Lama

woman carrying baby while walking

Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations,you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.

--Dalai Lama

pink flower

Altruism is the best source of happiness. There is no doubt about that.

--Dalai Lama

plain background

If we ourselves remain angry and then sing world peace, it has little meaning. First, our individual self must learn peace.

This we can practice. Then we can teach the rest of the world.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness. It is the practice of compassion.

--Dalai Lama

photo of gray elephant on grass

Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

--Dalai Lama

person in black and white mask

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others and if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

--Dalai Lama

photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime

Everybody loves to talk about calmness and peace, whether in a family, national, or international context, but without inner peace how can we make real peace? World peace through hatred and force is impossible.

--Dalai Lama

white and red flower with green leaves

Human potential is the same for all. If you have will power, then you can change anything.

--Dalai Lama


photo of giraffe

I make small mistakes every day. But major mistakes? It doesn't seem so. I've examined my service to the Tibetan people and to humanity, and I've done as much as I can in my life.

--Dalai Lama


pink and blue sky with moon

We have to have some form of politics. Politics is a form of resolving conflicts. Politics which comes from sincere motivation is constructive.

--Dalai Lama



yellow flowers blooming at field

How we fare in any given situation depends on the conduct of our body, speech, and mind. Since mind is the chief, a disciplined mind is essential.

--Dalai Lama

closeup photography of wall

If I were to die today, I would have some concern for Tibet. But I know that I have personally done as much as I can to use my existence for others. So I have no regret.

--Dalai Lama

person in black hoodie using laptop computer

You are so anxious about the future that you do not enjoy the present. You therefore do not live in the present or the future. You live as if you are never going to die, and then die having never really lived.

--Dalai Lama


selective focus of common poppy flower

There is no need for temples, no need for
complicated philosophies. My brain and my
heart are my temples; my philosophie is
kindness.

--Dalai Lama

brown mountain under starry sky

It is lack of love for ourselves that inhibits our compassion toward others. If we make friends with ourselves, then there is no obstacle to opening our hearts and minds to others.

--Dalai Lama

black bird flying on white background

Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.

--Dalai Lama




ocean

There is no way to escape death, it is just like trying to escape by four great mountains touching sky. There is no escape from these four mountains of birth, old age, sickness and death.

--Dalai Lama

purple and white petaled flower

Sectarian feelings and criticism of other teachings or other sects is very bad, poisonous, and should be avoided.

--Dalai Lama

white flower with black background

The question is not to know what is the meaning of life, but what meaning I can give to my life.

--Dalai Lama

time lapse photography of fire

If we want spiritual development, the practice of patience is essential.

--Dalai Lama


black floor lamp at the corner

All human beings have an innate desire to overcome suffering, to find happiness. Training the mind to think differently, through meditation, is one important way to avoid suffering and be happy.

--Dalai Lama


body of water under blue sky during daytime

In my mind of course natural disaster like tsunami, and these things, also I think indirectly may relate to human behavior. But then major sort of problems actually they're due to a lack of moral principle.

--Dalai Lama

five woman standing on seashore

I'm nothing special, just an ordinary human being. That's why I always describe myself as a simple Buddhist monk.

--Dalai Lama

sunset highway

Anger and hatred are signs of weakness, while compassion is a sure sign of strength.

--Dalai Lama

yellow and white abstract painting

If we see pride among people who have no idea about Dharma, it is understandable. However, if afflictive emotions and haughtiness are present among Dharma practitioners, it is great disgrace to practice.

--Dalai Lama


Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

I want to show that there are indeed some universal ethical principles which could help everyone to achieve the happiness we all aspire to.

--Dalai Lama

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

If your life becomes only a medium of production, then many of the good human values and characteristics will be lost.

--Dalai Lama


green trees under white clouds

I believe that constant effort, tireless effort, pursuing clear goals with sincere effort is the only way.

--Dalai Lama

brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

One thing I want to make clear, as far as my own rebirth is concerned, the final authority is myself and no one else, and obviously not China's Communists.

--Dalai Lama


purple and blue light illustration

I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect.

--Dalai Lama

red rose

We share the earth not only with our fellow human beings, but with all the other creatures.

--Dalai Lama



raging waves through shores

Love and compassion ... are the ultimate source of human happiness, and the need for them lies at the very core of our being.

--Dalai Lama


solid color

When I meet people from other cultures I know that they too want happiness and do not want suffering, this allows me to see them as brothers and sisters.

--Dalai Lama

light blue

There are a number of qualities which are important for mental peace, but from the little experience I have, I believe that one of the most important factors is human compassion and affection: a sense of caring.

--Dalai Lama


Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún

Developing concern for others, thinking of them as part of us, brings self-confidence, reduces our sense of suspicion and mistrust, and enables us to develop a calm mind.

--Dalai Lama

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

If we can cultivate a concern for others, keeping in mind the oneness of humanity, we can build a more compassionate world.

--Dalai Lama

beach shore during day time

Concern yourselves more with the needs of others, with the needs of all humanity, and you'll have peace of mind.

--Dalai Lama

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself. It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer.

--Dalai Lama

purple and blue light illustration

It is crucial that we realize the great value of human existence, the opportunity and the potential that our brief lives afford us. It is only as humans that we have the possibility of implementing changes in our lives.

--Dalai Lama

purple and blue light illustration

For those who may not find happiness to exercise religious faith, it's okay to remain a radical atheist; it's absolutely an individual right, but the important thing is with a compassionate heart -- then no problem.

--Dalai Lama

white petaled flowers beside gray wall

If you're looking for work and have a choice of a job, choose a job that allows the opportunity for some creativity, and for spending time with your family. Even if it means less pay.

--Dalai Lama


three person looking stars and milky way

Use your human intelligence in the best way you can; transform your emotions in a positive way.

--Dalai Lama

seashore during daytime

Encountering sufferings will definitely contribute to the elevation of your spiritual practice, provided you are able to transform calamity and misfortune into the path.

--Dalai Lama




full moon in the sky

The question of world peace, the question of family peace, the question of peace between wife and husband, or peace between parents and children, everything is dependent on that feeling of love and warmheartedness.

--Dalai Lama




woman singing on stage

The Dalai Lama should not be partisan either, should remain above.

--Dalai Lama

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

There should be a balance between material and spiritual progress, a balance achieved through the principles based on love and compassion.

--Dalai Lama

blue and white striped textile

Developing love and compassion and reducing anger and spite is a universal activity which requires no faith in any religion whatsoever.

--Dalai Lama

yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.

--Dalai Lama




person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

The practicing of loving kindness toward one's enemy is the ultimate test of one's own spiritual attainment.

--Dalai Lama

raging waves through shores

When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just our individual selves.

--Dalai Lama

a person drowns underwater

It is very wrong for people to feel deeply sad when they lose some money, yet when they waste the precious moments of their lives they do not have the slightest feeling of repentance.

--Dalai Lama


lights pattern swirls

Genuine harmony must come from the heart. It cannot come from the barrel of a gun.

--Dalai Lama

coconut tree near body of water

I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.

--Dalai Lama



backdrop

If we wish to ensure everyone's peace and happiness we need to cultivate a healthy respect for the diversity of our peoples and cultures, founded on an understanding of this fundamental sameness of all human beings.

--Dalai Lama

brown and gray brick wall

If one's cause is supported by sound reasoning, there is no point in using violence. It is those who have no motive other than selfish desire and who cannot achieve their goal through logical reasoning who rely on force.

--Dalai Lama


purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

I believe that whether a person follows any religion or not is unimportant, he or she must have a good heart, a warm heart.

--Dalai Lama


beige concrete wall

Maybe, just maybe, I would like to become a real spiritual teacher, a working lama!

--Dalai Lama



closeup photography of black and brown bird

In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.

--Dalai Lama

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

In our own case, we don't consider the loss of a monastery or a monument the end of our entire way of life. If one monastery is destroyed, sometimes it happens.

--Dalai Lama


black mountain under blue sky during night time

A learned person will become noble only when he or she has put into real practice what has been learned, instead of mere words.

--Dalai Lama


orange flowers

Everybody wants a happy life and a peaceful mind, but we have to produce peace of mind through our own practice.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette of stones during golden hour

There should be pluralism -- the concept of many religions, many truths. But we must also be careful not to become nihilistic.

--Dalai Lama


selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

If your mind is scattered, it is quite powerless.

--Dalai Lama

wide lake over sunset view

As far as social-economic theory is concerned, I am still a Marxist.

--Dalai Lama

person's hand holding round silver analog watch with black leather strap

I feel exhausted if I teach too long.

--Dalai Lama



blue and black abstract painting

I think there's every reason this 21st century will be much happier.

--Dalai Lama

green leaf

Indulgence in resentment and vengeance will only further increase miseries to oneself and others in this life and in lives to come.

--Dalai Lama

brown mountains under blue sky

You can’t help someone just by making a wish to do so, you have to take action.

--Dalai Lama

pink petaled flower

With the realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.

--Dalai Lama

None

According to Buddhist psychology most of our troubles stem from attachment to things that we mistakenly see as permanent.

--Dalai Lama

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

If there is a solution to a problem, there is no need to worry. And if there is no solution, there is no need to worry.

--Dalai Lama

pink and red flowers

Compassion is one of the principal things that make our lives meaningful. It is the source of all lasting happiness and joy.

--Dalai Lama


silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

To a large extent, whether you suffer depends on how you respond to a given situation.

--Dalai Lama

person sleeping on gray gang chair

As individuals we can influence our own families. Our families can influence our communities and our communities can influence our nations.

--Dalai Lama

black fishes

The most important benefit of patience consists in the way it acts as a powerful antidote to the affliction of anger.

--Dalai Lama

sand

Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people's suffering. On these lines every religion had more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal.

--Dalai Lama

body of water during sunset

It is not only our right as members of the global human family to protest when our brothers and sisters are being treated brutally, but it is also our duty to do whatever we can to help them.

--Dalai Lama



smiling woman

Attachment constrains our vision so that we are not able to see things from a wider perspective.

--Dalai Lama

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

A mind that is characterized by unrest will not be tranquil even in the presence of great calm.

--Dalai Lama


pink

If you lose your temper, your sound sleep will go, and you will have to use a tranquilizer or sleeping pills? Then gradually, more white hair, wrinkles.

--Dalai Lama

purple flowers under sunny sky

The greatest antidote to insecurity and sense of fear is compassion. It brings one back to the basis of one's inner strength.

--Dalai Lama

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

Brute force, no matter how strongly applied, can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom.

--Dalai Lama


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My earnest request is that you practice love and kindness whether you believe in a religion or not.

--Dalai Lama

bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

We need an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion and can be equally acceptable to those with faith and those without.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette of mountain under blue sky during daytime

I believe all religions pursue the same goals, that of cultivating human goodness and bringing happiness to all human beings. Though the means might appear different the ends are the same.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

When seen from outer space, our beautiful blue planet has no national boundaries.

--Dalai Lama

a woman sits on the end of a dock during daytime staring across a lake

As human beings we have the same experience of destructive and constructive emotions. We also have a human mind capable of developing wisdom. We all have the same Buddha nature.

--Dalai Lama

dome tent with galaxy with stars

Limitless like the ocean are your excellent qualities.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette of stones during golden hour

Love and compassion benefit both ourselves and others. Through kindness to others, your heart and mind will be peaceful and open.

--Dalai Lama

plain background

Of course, when I say that human nature is gentleness, it is not 100 percent so. Every human being has that nature, but there are many people acting against their nature, being false.

--Dalai Lama

blue and white abstract painting

No matter what activity or practice we are pursuing, there isn't anything that isn't made easier through constant familiarity and training (I think you can apply this to soccer as well).

--Dalai Lama

selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

Chinese people themselves, they really want change.

--Dalai Lama

yellow flower

Like the lotus which thrives in mud, the potential for realization grows in the rich soil of everyday life.

--Dalai Lama

snow covered mountain during daytime

May I examine my mind in all actions and as soon as a negative state occurs, since it endangers myself and others, may I firmly face and avert it.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette of a woman with pink and purple sky

No single Tibetan dreaming return of previous sort of backwardness, therefore as far as economy development is concerned, Tibet remain within the People's Republic of China, we will get greater benefit.

--Dalai Lama



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If a harmonious relationship is established amongst societies and religious beliefs in today's multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural world, then it will surely set a very good example for others.

--Dalai Lama

yellow and white color illustration

Spiritual practice ... involves, on the one hand, acting out of concern for others' well-being. On the other, it entails transforming ourselves so that we become more readily disposed to do so.

--Dalai Lama

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

Scientists are discovering that while anger and hatred eat into our immune system, warm-heartedness and compassion are good for our health.

--Dalai Lama

brown tree branch during daytime

When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh yes -- I already have everything that I really need.'

--Dalai Lama


Light blue to dark blue gradient

Since form is emptiness and emptiness is form, then instead of a hand grasping at nothing, it is better to grasp at someone's nose because this is closer to reality.

--Dalai Lama

sunset

When selflessness is seen in objects, the seed of cyclic existence is destroyed.

--Dalai Lama

closeup photo of orange petaled flowers

I do not judge the universe.

--Dalai Lama

purple and white light illustration

Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventure, and for hides and furs is a phenomena which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging is such acts of brutality.

--Dalai Lama

white-and-pink flowers

Life does not wait: Whether we spend our lives meaningfully or not, the time will be used up moment by moment.

--Dalai Lama

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.

--Dalai Lama


bird on pier

We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens we will have no regrets.

--Dalai Lama

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Women have the capacity to lead us to a more peaceful world with compassion, affection, and kindness.

--Dalai Lama


man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Conversion is not my intention. Changing religion is not easy. You may develop some kind of confusion or difficulties.

--Dalai Lama

sunset highway

The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless and Free your action will be.

--Dalai Lama

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital.

--Dalai Lama

brown textile in close up image

When you encounter some problems, if you point your finger at yourself and not at others, this gives you control over yourself and calmness in a situation, where otherwise self-control becomes problematic.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain

If you want to be wisely selfish, care for others.

--Dalai Lama


green trees under white clouds

The essence of compassion is a desire to alleviate the suffering of others and to promote their well-being.

--Dalai Lama

green palm plant during daytime

Happiness is a state of mind. With physical comforts if your mind is still in a state of confusion and agitation, it is not happiness. Happiness means calmness of mind.

--Dalai Lama

man and woman kissing under blue sky during daytime

Spend 5 minutes breathing in, cherishing yourself; and, breathing out cherishing others. If you think about people you have difficulty cherishing, extend your cherishing to them anyway.

--Dalai Lama

pink and blue sky with moon

Giving in to anger, fear and suspicion disturbs our minds and our physical well-being, whereas trust and friendship are the basis of society.

--Dalai Lama

person standing on top of mountain

If the Dalai Lama joins one party, then that makes it hard for the system to work.

--Dalai Lama

person holding sunflower bouquet during daytime

The real enemy of happiness is the mind's fixations and delusions... If you have the right mind, you can overcome anything -- you can be happy, no matter what.

--Dalai Lama

sliced lemon on pink surface

Buddhism strongly discourages blind faith and fanaticism.

--Dalai Lama


red strawberry fruit on red surface

My aim is to create a happy society with genuine friendship. Friendship between Tibetan and Chinese peoples is very essential.

--Dalai Lama


purple petaled flower

Meet hostility and suspicion with kindness. Helping others out of love is always the best option.

--Dalai Lama


gold round wall clock on white painted wall

A calm mind is good for our physical health, but it also enables us to see things more realistically.

--Dalai Lama


closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

Just as compassion is the wish that all sentient beings be free of suffering, loving-kindness is the wish that all may enjoy happiness.

--Dalai Lama

rocky mountain under starry night

Anger is the real destroyer of our good human qualities; an enemy with a weapon cannot destroy these qualities, but anger can. Anger is our real enemy.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

Tibet is not like Kuwait. Kuwait has oil.

--Dalai Lama



shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

One scientist had discussions about love and compassion. Usually, he felt irritation. After our meeting, for some months, anger never come.

--Dalai Lama


woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

We have to adopt a wider perspective, and always find common things between the people of north, east, south, and west. Conflict comes from the basis of differencs.

--Dalai Lama

solid background

Only through the development of mutual respect, and in a spirit of truth, can friendship come about. By these means it is possible to move human minds, but never by force.

--Dalai Lama

brown grass field under blue sky and white clouds during daytime

We must conduct research and then accept the results. If they don't stand up to experimentation, Buddha's own words must be rejected.

--Dalai Lama

yellow sunflower in close up photography

Some mischievous people always there. Last several thousand years, always there. In future, also.

--Dalai Lama

blue sky and white clouds

The Chinese government wants me to say that for many centuries Tibet has been part of China. Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change past history. History is history.

--Dalai Lama

person on road at sunset

Who has magnificent self-confidence
And fears nothing that exists?
The man who has attained to truth
And lives free of error.

--Dalai Lama

round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

Death and dying provide a meeting-point between the Tibetan Buddhist and modern scientific traditions. I believe both have a great deal to contribute to each other on the level of understanding and of practical benefit.

--Dalai Lama





chocolate

Refraining from harm, not out of fear, but out of concern for others, their well-being and out of respect is non-violence.

--Dalai Lama

clear blue sea under blue sky

If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.

--Dalai Lama

backdrop

Everyday, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop my self, to expand my heart out to others.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette of hugging couple

A zero itself is nothing, but without a zero you cannot count anything; therefore, a zero is something, yet zero.

--Dalai Lama

orange rose in bloom close up photo

Inner values like friendship, trust, honesty and compassion are much more reliable than money -- they always bring happiness and strength.

--Dalai Lama

two gray pencils on yellow surface

If we ourselves remain angry and then sing world peace, it has little meaning. First, our individual self must learn peace.
This we can practice. Then we can teach the rest of the world.

--Dalai Lama

eyeglasses in bokeh photography

Even without a religion, we can become a good human being.

--Dalai Lama

brown wooden table clock at 10 10

True friends share genuine closeness and remain friends irrespective of fluctuating fortunes.

--Dalai Lama


galaxy

We live very close together. So, our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

--Dalai Lama

wall

The egotistical ambition to always want to earn more money harms both the company and the individual himself. That is the biggest weakness of many managers -- the financial crisis has proven this.

--Dalai Lama

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

For a better, happier, more stable and civilized future, each of us must develop a sincere, warm-hearted feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood.

--Dalai Lama

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

--Dalai Lama

white stone woman sculpture

Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.

--Dalai Lama

None

Try to improve. Don't expect too much, but don't feel discouraged either; keep up your enthusiasm; you will make progress.

--Dalai Lama

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

The universe is a single atom: the convergence of science and spirituality.

--Dalai Lama

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

China can keep her troops on the external frontiers of Tibet, and Tibetans will pledge to accept the appropriate form of union with China.

--Dalai Lama

gray concrete road between green trees during daytime

When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities.

--Dalai Lama

brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

Buddha was speaking about reality. Reality may be one, in its deepest essence, but Buddha also stated that all propositions about reality are only contingent.

--Dalai Lama


shillouette photo of person standing at the peak

Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.

--Dalai Lama

two persons holding each other hands

Someone else's action should not determine your response.

--Dalai Lama

three clear drinking glasses with brown liquid

It's not enough to be compassionate. You must act.

--Dalai Lama




person standing on rock formation during daytime

Happiness doesn't always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.

--Dalai Lama

sunset

Happiness is the highest form of health.

--Dalai Lama






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