Quotes by Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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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.
If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
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.
There is nothing I can't live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.
Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
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.
A sense of concern for others gives our lives meaning; it is the root of all human happiness
A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.
I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
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.
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
I 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.
Love is the absence of judgment.
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
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.
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.
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.
As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.
More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
An eye for an eye….we are all blind
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.
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
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.
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.
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!
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
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.
We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
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.
When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.
I do not judge the universe.
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.
The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.
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.
Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
Fear and trust cannot go together.
The more we are concerned for the well being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.
Nowadays, 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.
Sleep is the best meditation.
Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
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.
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
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.
Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
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.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
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!
Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
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.
Disagreement is something normal.
I think governments can't do much.
Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.
Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
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.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
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.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.
I 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.
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.
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.
You 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.
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.
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.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
Inner 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.
When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
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