Quotes by Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.
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.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
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!
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
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.
The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
I 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.
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.
All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
Don'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.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
The more we are concerned for the well being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
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 think governments can't do much.
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.
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.
When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
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.
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.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
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.
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 way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
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.
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.
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.
When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
I 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.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
The more we think of others, the happier we are. The more we think of ourselves, the more suffering we feel.
So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
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.
Wisdom is the best guide and faith is the best companion.
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.
Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.
Non 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.
Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
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.
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
Non-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.
Concern yourselves more with the needs of others, with the needs of all humanity, and you'll have peace of mind.
What 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.
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
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.
We 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.
I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.
The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
Whether 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.
Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
Fear and trust cannot go together.
It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
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.
There is nothing I can't live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.
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.
Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.
If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
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.
It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
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.
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!
Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
If 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.
The 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.
We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home.
Because 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.
In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
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