Quotes by Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
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.
World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.
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.
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
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.
I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
Because 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.
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.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.
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.
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.
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.
A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
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.
With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.
The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
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.
Sleep is the best meditation.
The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.
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.
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.
The more we think of others, the happier we are. The more we think of ourselves, the more suffering we feel.
Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
In Buddhism, ignorance as the root cause of suffering refers to a fundamental misperception of the true nature of the self and all phenomena.
Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Disagreement is something normal.
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.
I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.
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.
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
Love is the absence of judgment.
I think governments can't do much.
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.
The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.
Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
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.
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.
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.
Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
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.
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.
Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.
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.
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
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.
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.
Fear and trust cannot go together.
The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.
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.
The more we are concerned for the well being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.
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.
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 roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.
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.
True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
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.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
If 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.
Concern yourselves more with the needs of others, with the needs of all humanity, and you'll have peace of mind.
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
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.
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!
Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
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.
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.
Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
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.
Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
An eye for an eye….we are all blind
In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.
If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
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