Quotes by Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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8313When 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.
8224Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
8240Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
8356When 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.
8245The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
8230Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
8348If 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.
8353Whether you believe in God or not does not matter much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much; as a Buddhist, whether you believe in reincarnation or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life.
8359True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
8355Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.
8306Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.
8296You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them — for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.
8260The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
8226Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
8289I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.
8366Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
8305What surprises me most is “Man”, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present; The result being he doesn’t live in the present or the future; He lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.
8315I think governments can't do much.
8252I always tell people that religious institutions and political institutions should be separate. So while I'm telling people this, I myself continue with them combined. Hypocrisy!
8275World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
8248If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
8361When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
8236I 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.
8307Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
8239We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
8233Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.
8251I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
8264If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.
8320When 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.
8290Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
8304I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
8253An open heart is an open mind.
8255An eye for an eye….we are all blind
8277Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.
8314Disagreement is something normal.
8250Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
8367Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
8321Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
8261In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
8221We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
8302Love is the absence of judgment.
8220Non festeggio i compleanni. Per me, non sono differenti dagli altri giorni. In un certo senso, ogni giorno è una nascita. Ogni giorno ti svegli, ogni cosa è fresca e nuova, e il tuo unico obiettivo per quel nuovo giorno è insegnare a te stesso qualcosa di importante.
8269Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
8282The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.
8285A 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.
8242With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
8231Because 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.
8340Without technology humanity has no future, but we have to be careful that we don’t become so mechanised that we lose our human feelings.
8256Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
8294Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
8334Because 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.
8284To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
8249Whether 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.
8335The more we are concerned for the well being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.
8268If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.
8326Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
8342Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually.
8345I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.
8235The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
8327In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
8228Sleep is the best meditation.
8271Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.
8363Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.
8351Non-violence means dialogue, using our language, the human language. Dialogue means compromise; respecting each other’s rights; in the spirit of reconciliation there is a real solution to conflict and disagreement. There is no hundred percent winner, no hundred percent loser—not that way but half-and-half. That is the practical way, the only way.
8274When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8298Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
8308When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.
8369The more we think of others, the happier we are. The more we think of ourselves, the more suffering we feel.
8232When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
8350We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.
8283Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.
8278One problem with our current society is that we have an attitude towards education as if it is there to simply make you more clever, make you more ingenious… Even though our society does not emphasize this, the most important use of knowledge and education is to help us understand the importance of engaging in more wholesome actions and bringing about discipline within our minds. The proper utilization of our intelligence and knowledge is to effect changes from within to develop a good heart.
8270Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
8222Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
8331Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
8247I have done one thing that I think is a contribution: I helped Buddhist science and modern science combine. No other Buddhist has done that. Other lamas, I don't think they ever pay attention to modern science. Since my childhood, I have a keen interest.
8267People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
8325We cannot learn real patience and tolerance from a guru or a friend. They can be practiced only when we come in contact with someone who creates unpleasant experiences. According to Shantideva, enemies are really good for us as we can learn a lot from them and build our inner strength.
8354A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
8223The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
8243The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
8291If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
8330The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
8244Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
8265Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
8338In 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.
8286I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable to you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it.
8276All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
8337The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
8371Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
8319Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
8272Given the scale of life in the cosmos, one human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet, a guest, who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time alone, unhappy or in conflict with our companions? Far better, surely, to use our short time here in living a meaningful life, enriched by our sense of connection with others and being of service to them.
8370There is nothing I can't live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.
8254The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
8317World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.
8300Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
8234Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
8310We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.
8358If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions more chances to be happy!
8238Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
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