Quotes by Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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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.
I 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.
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
Without technology humanity has no future, but we have to be careful that we don’t become so mechanised that we lose our human feelings.
Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
Given 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.
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.
Peace 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.
The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.
Look 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.
Every 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.
Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
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.
In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
If 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.
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
Whether 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.
I 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.
I do not judge the universe.
I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.
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.
The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
An eye for an eye….we are all blind
The 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.
As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
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.
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
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.
What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
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.
Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
Irrespective 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.
Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.
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.
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
I think governments can't do much.
Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.
A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.
Responsibility 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.
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
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.
The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.
It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.
Sleep is the best meditation.
Fear and trust cannot go together.
If 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!
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.
We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.
So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
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.
A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
We 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.
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
One 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.
Those 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.
When 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.
Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
Disagreement is something normal.
I 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!
In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
We 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.
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