Quotes by Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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8332We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home.
8273Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
8255An eye for an eye….we are all blind
8301If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
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.
8280A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
8226Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
8248If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
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.
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.
8235The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
8365When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
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.
8287The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
8293We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
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.
8221We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
8368A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
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.
8243The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
8263As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.
8364Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
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.
8229We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
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.
8360Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
8222Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
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.
8253An open heart is an open mind.
8328If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
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.
8323Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
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.
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.
8357I do not judge the universe.
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!
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.
8283Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.
8230Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
8291If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
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.
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.
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.
8319Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
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.
8316I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
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.
8352It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
8250Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
8288Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
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.
8359True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
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.
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.
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.
8260The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
8327In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
8314Disagreement is something normal.
8306Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.
8240Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
8276All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
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.
8223The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
8265Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
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.
8239We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
8346Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.
8304I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
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.
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.
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.
8244Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
8354A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
8307Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
8256Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
8267People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
8330The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
8232When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
8299So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
8339Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
8270Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
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.
8224Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
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.
8238Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
8326Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
8344A sense of concern for others gives our lives meaning; it is the root of all human happiness
8227There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
8329Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
8367Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
8335The more we are concerned for the well being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.
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.
8241Fear and trust cannot go together.
8345I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.
8290Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
8361When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
8369The more we think of others, the happier we are. The more we think of ourselves, the more suffering we feel.
8275World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
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