Quotes by Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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8371Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
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.
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.
8269Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
8256Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
8255An eye for an eye….we are all blind
8254The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
8344A sense of concern for others gives our lives meaning; it is the root of all human happiness
8239We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
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.
8237More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
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.
8360Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
8244Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
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.
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.
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.
8357I do not judge the universe.
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.
8323Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
8359True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
8232When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
8221We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
8230Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
8339Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
8331Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
8273Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
8315I think governments can't do much.
8299So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
8287The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
8258The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
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.
8362What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
8370There is nothing I can't live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.
8324Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.
8238Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
8366Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
8317World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.
8335The more we are concerned for the well being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.
8261In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
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.
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.
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.
8354A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
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.
8328If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
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.
8234Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
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.
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.
8311The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.
8345I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.
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.
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.
8253An open heart is an open mind.
8283Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.
8300Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
8306Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.
8241Fear and trust cannot go together.
8301If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
8364Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
8352It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
8307Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
8284To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
8280A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
8322When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.
8276All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
8224Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
8365When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
8240Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
8282The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.
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.
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.
8298Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
8293We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
8260The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
8243The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
8242With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
8246My 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.
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.
8227There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
8263As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.
8275World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
8337The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
8349If 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.
8251I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
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.
8229We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
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!
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.
8327In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
8279The 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.
8336As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
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.
8333A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
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.
8262Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
8330The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
8228Sleep is the best meditation.
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