Quotes by Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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8287The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
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.
8244Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
8250Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
8304I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
8298Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
8227There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
8371Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
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.
8224Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
8234Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
8269Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
8243The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
8237More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
8240Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
8344A sense of concern for others gives our lives meaning; it is the root of all human happiness
8262Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
8281I don’t know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.
8280A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
8242With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
8300Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
8248If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
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.
8337The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
8363Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.
8352It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
8307Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
8347Nowadays, we are confronted by a huge gap between rich and poor. This is not only morally wrong, but practically a mistake. It leads to the rich living in anxiety and the poor living in frustration, which has the potential to lead to more violence. We have to work to reduce this gap. It's truly unfair that some people should have so much while others go hungry.
8251I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
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.
8230Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
8226Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
8327In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
8329Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
8345I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.
8362What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
8267People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
8326Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
8297Those who have little interest in spirituality shouldn’t think that human inner values don’t apply to you. The inner peace of an alert and calm mind are the source of real happiness and good health. Our human intelligence tells us which of our emotions are positive and helpful and which are damaging and to be restrained or avoided.
8322When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.
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.
8316I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
8331Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
8282The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.
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.
8288Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
8253An open heart is an open mind.
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!
8290Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
8276All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
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.
8261In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
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.
8365When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
8328If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
8270Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
8256Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
8293We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
8235The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
8284To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
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.
8294Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
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.
8364Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
8257Every day, 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 myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8301If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
8299So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
8303It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
8222Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
8343The greater the level of calmness of our mind, the greater our peace of mind, the greater our ability to enjoy a happy and joyful life.
8259Silence is sometimes the best answer.
8368A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
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.
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.
8332We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home.
8255An eye for an eye….we are all blind
8292Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.
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.
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.
8312Although 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.
8339Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
8318I 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.
8341Concern yourselves more with the needs of others, with the needs of all humanity, and you'll have peace of mind.
8323Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
8260The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
8239We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
8357I do not judge the universe.
8238Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
8354A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
8366Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
8228Sleep is the best meditation.
8361When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
8333A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
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.
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