Quotes by Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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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.
8352It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
8259Silence is sometimes the best answer.
8335The more we are concerned for the well being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.
8234Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
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!
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.
8294Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
8253An open heart is an open mind.
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.
8237More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
8229We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
8276All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
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.
8302Love is the absence of judgment.
8227There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
8235The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
8336As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
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.
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.
8267People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
8303It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
8363Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.
8361When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
8254The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
8241Fear and trust cannot go together.
8367Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
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.
8339Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
8244Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
8260The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
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.
8317World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.
8366Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
8322When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.
8331Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
8307Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
8228Sleep is the best meditation.
8293We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
8223The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
8266It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
8224Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
8261In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
8346Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.
8298Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
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.
8287The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
8251I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
8360Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
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.
8365When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
8222Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
8295Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility…without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.
8369The more we think of others, the happier we are. The more we think of ourselves, the more suffering we feel.
8315I think governments can't do much.
8226Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
8368A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
8304I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
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.
8333A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
8232When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
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.
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.
8301If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
8265Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
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.
8371Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
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.
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.
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!
8316I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
8327In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
8306Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.
8239We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
8314Disagreement is something normal.
8323Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
8337The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
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.
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.
8221We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
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.
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.
8273Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
8359True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
8319Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
8288Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
8283Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.
8256Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
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.
8326Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
8230Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
8362What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
8225Old 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.
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.
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.
8290Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
8269Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
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.
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.
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