ᐅ143+ Famous Dalai Lama Quotes to Change Your Life

“Silence is sometimes the best answer”

“Silence is sometimes the best answer” ― Dalai Lama

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ― Dalai Lama

“Love is the absence of judgment.”

“Love is the absence of judgment.” ― Dalai Lama

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” ― Dalai Lama

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ― Dalai Lama

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ― Dalai Lama

“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds

“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.” ― Dalai Lama

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.” ― Dalai Lama

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” ― Dalai Lama

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” ― Dalai Lama

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” ― Dalai Lama

“Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”

“Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.” ― Dalai Lama

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ― Dalai Lama

“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” ― Dalai Lama

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” ― Dalai Lama

“If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” ― Dalai Lama

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence.

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” ― Dalai Lama

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” ― Dalai Lama

“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.” ― Dalai Lama

“All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit

“All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction” ― Dalai Lama

“A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.”

“A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.” ― Dalai Lama

“NEVER GIVE UP No matter what is going on Never give up Develop the heart Too much energy in your country Is spent developing the mind Instead of the heart Be compassionate Not just to your friends But to everyone Be compassionate Work for peace In your heart and in the world Work for peace And I say again Never give up No matter what is going on around you Never give up” ― Dalai Lama

“The more you are motivated by Love,

“The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.” ― Dalai Lama

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes,

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”

“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.” ― Dalai Lama

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.”

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” ― Dalai Lama

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.” ― Dalai Lama

“Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.” ― Dalai Lama

“When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.”

“When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.” ― Dalai Lama

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”

“In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.” ― Dalai Lama

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.” ― Dalai Lama

“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.”

“The way to change others' minds is with affection, and not anger.” ― Dalai Lama

“Compassion is the radicalism of our time.”

“Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” ― Dalai Lama

“If there is no solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it. If there

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything

“If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.” ― Dalai Lama

“The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.”

“The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.” ― Dalai Lama

“If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“True change is within; leave the outside as it is.”

“True change is within; leave the outside as it is.” ― Dalai Lama

“Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need

“Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.” ― Dalai Lama

“Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.”

“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” ― Dalai Lama

“If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your

“If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun. Not at the head, where a fatal wound might result. But at some other body part, such as a leg.” ― Dalai Lama

“Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good,

“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” ― Dalai Lama

“The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the

“The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.” ― Dalai Lama

“We are visitors on this planet. We are here for one hundred years at the very most.

“We are visitors on this planet. We are here for one hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. if you contribute to other people's happiness, you will find the true meaning of life.” ― Dalai Lama

“Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.”

“Open your arms to change but don't let go of your values.” ― Dalai Lama

“When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions

“When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just our individual selves or some immediate convenience. When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions of the past, we gain strength to constructively solve the problems of the present.” ― The Dalai Lama

“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles.

“Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles. Whether we believe in God or karma, ethics is the foundation of every religion.” ― Dalai Lama

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.”

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” ― Dalai Lama

“If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.”

“If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.” ― Dalai Lama

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen,

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” ― The Dalai Lama

“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.”

“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.” ― Dalai Lama

“Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations,you can modify

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.”

“I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.” ― Dalai Lama

“To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble,

“To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.” ― Dalai Lama

“You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion,

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get

“We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness” ― Dalai Lama

“Someone else’s action should not determine your response.”

“Someone else's action should not determine your response.” ― Dalai Lama

“A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.”

“A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.” ― the Dalai Lama

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“The more time you spend thinking about yourself, the more suffering you will experience.”

“The more time you spend thinking about yourself, the more suffering you will experience.” ― Dalai Lama

The various features and aspects of human life, such as longevity, good health, success

“The various features and aspects of human life, such as longevity, good health, success, happiness, and so forth, which we consider desirable, are all dependent on kindness and a good heart.” ― Dalai Lama

“An open heart is an open mind.”

“An open heart is an open mind.” ― Dalai Lama

“It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.”

“It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.” ― Dali Lama

“Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain,

“Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.” ― Dalai Lama

“Human use, population, and technology have reached that certain stage where mother

“Human use, population, and technology have reached that certain stage where mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence.” ― The Dalai Lama

“the three factors that seem to have the greatest influence on increasing our happiness

“the three factors that seem to have the greatest influence on increasing our happiness are our ability to reframe our situation more positively, our ability to experience gratitude, and our choice to be kind and generous.” ― Dalai Lama

“Wherever you have friends that’s your country, and wherever you receive

“Wherever you have friends that’s your country, and wherever you receive love, that’s your home.” ― Dalai Lama

“Anger or hatred is like a fisherman’s hook. It is very important for us to ensure that

“Anger or hatred is like a fisherman's hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it.” ― Dalai Lama

“When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never

“When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh yes -- I already have everything that I really need.” ― Dalai Lama

“Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.”

“Happiness doesn't always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.” ― Dalai Lama

“Whether you believe in God or not does not matter much, whether you believe

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“In order to lead a meaningful life, you need to cherish others, pay attention to human

“In order to lead a meaningful life, you need to cherish others, pay attention to human values and try to cultivate inner peace.” ― Dalai Lama

“Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind”

“Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind” ― The Dalai Lama

“Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.”

“Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.” ― Dalai Lama

“Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something,

“Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.” ― the Dalai Lama

“Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again.

“Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well.” ― Dalai Lama

“If a problem can be solved it will be. If it can not be solved there is no use worrying about it.”

“If a problem can be solved it will be. If it can not be solved there is no use worrying about it.” ― Dalai Lama

“The very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.”

“The very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.” ― Dalai Lama

“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.”

“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.” ― Dalai Lama

“pain is inevitable,suffering is optional... we have bigger houses,but smaller families. More conveniences,but less time. We have knowledge,but less judgements; more experts,but more problems ; more medicines but less health.” ― Dalai Lama

“happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.”

“happiness is determined more by one's state of mind than by external events.” ― Dalai Lama

“It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.”

“It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.” ― Dalai Lama

“If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy when

“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!” ― Dalai Lama

“The enemy is the necessary condition for practicing patience.”

“The enemy is the necessary condition for practicing patience.”

“Self satisfaction alone cannot determine if a desire or action is positive or negative. The demarcation between a positive and a negative desire or action is not whether it gives you a immediate feeling of satisfaction, but whether it ultimately results in positive or negative consequences.” ― Dalai Lama

“There are going to be frustrations in life. The question is not: How do I escape?

“There are going to be frustrations in life. The question is not: How do I escape? It is: How can I use this as something positive?” ― Dalai Lama

“As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.”

“As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.” ― dalai lama

“Do not try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better

“Do not try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.” ― the dalai lama

“Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.”

“Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.” ― Dalai Lama

“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.”

“The more honest you are, the more open, the less fear you will have, because

“The more honest you are, the more open, the less fear you will have, because there's no anxiety about being exposed or revealed to others.” ― Dalai Lama

“With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.” ― Dalai Lama

“The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“Our ancient experience confirms at every point that everything is linked

“Our ancient experience confirms at every point that everything is linked together, everything is inseparable.” ― Dalai Lama

“Seek to be an oasis of caring and concern as you live your life.” ― Dalai Lama

“I always tell my Western friends that it is best to keep your own tradition. Changing religion is not easy and sometimes causes confusion. You must value your tradition and honor your own religion.” ― The Dalai Lama

“Instead of wondering WHY this is happening to you, consider why this is happening to YOU.” ― Dalai Láma

“You are so anxious about the future that you do not enjoy the present. You therefore do not live in the present or the future. You live as if you are never going to die, and then die having never really lived.” ― Dalai Lama

“It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.” ― Dalai Lama

“Marriages, even the best ones—perhaps especially the best ones—are an ongoing process of spoken and unspoken forgiveness. •” ― Dalai Lama

“Because we all share an identical need for love, it is possible to feel that anybody we meet,in whatever circumstances, is a brother or sister.” ― the Dalai Lama

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. I felt fear more times than I can remember, but I hid it behind a mask of boldness. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear” ― Dalai Lama

“Many people today agree that we need to reduce violence in our society. If we are truly serious about this, we must deal with the roots of violence, particularly those that exist within each of us. We need to embrace 'inner disarmament,' reducing our own emotions of suspicion, hatred and hostility toward our brothers and sisters.” ― Dalai Lama

“An eye for an eye....we are all blind” ― Dalai Lama

“For a considerable portion of humanity today, it is possible and indeed likely that one's neighbor, one's colleague, or one's employer will have a different mother tongue, eat different food, and follow a different religion than oneself. It is a matter of great urgency, therefore, that we find ways to cooperate with one another in a spirit of mutual acceptance and respect. In such a world, I feel, it is vital for us to find genuinely sustainable and universal approach to ethics, inner values, and personal integrity-an approach that can transcend religious, cultural, and racial differences and appeal to people at a sustainable, universal approach is what I call the project of secular ethics. All religions, therefore, to some extent, ground the cultivation of inner values and ethical awareness in some kind of metaphysical (that is, not empirically demonstrable) understanding of the world and of life after death. And just as the doctrine of divine judgment underlies ethical teachings in many theistic religions, so too does the doctrine of karma and future lives in non-theistic religions. As I see it, spirituality has two dimensions. The first dimension, that of basic spiritual well-being-by which I mean inner mental and emotional strength and balance-does not depend on religion but comes from our innate human nature as beings with a natural disposition toward compassion, kindness, and caring for others. The second dimension is what may be considered religion-based spirituality, which is acquired from our upbringing and culture and is tied to particular beliefs and practices. The difference between the two is something like the difference between water and tea. On this understanding, ethics consists less of rules to be obeyed than of principles for inner self-regulation to promote those aspects of our nature which we recognize as conducive to our own well-being and that of others. It is by moving beyond narrow self-interest that we find meaning, purpose, and satisfaction in life.” ― Dalai Lama

“People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.” ― Dalai Lama

“Now there are many, many people in the world, but relatively few with whom we interact, and even fewer who cause us problems. So when you come across such a chance for practicing patience and tolerance, you should treat it with gratitude. It is rare. Just as having unexpectedly found a treasure in your own house, you should be happy and grateful toward your enemy for providing you that precious opportunity. Because if you are ever to be successful in your practice of patience and tolerance, which are critical factors in counteracting negative emotions, it is due to your own efforts and also the opportunity provided by your enemy.” ― The Dalai Lama

“Because we all share an identical need for love, it is possible to feel that anybody we meet, in whatever circumstances, is a brother or sister. No matter how new the face or how different the dress and behavior, there is no significant division between us and other people. It is foolish to dwell on external differences, because our basic natures are the same.” ― Dalai Lama

“Blessing must arise from within your own mind. It is not something that comes from outside. When the positive qualities of your mind increase and the negativities decrease, that is what blessing means. The Tibetan word for blessing … means transforming into magnificent potential. Therefore, blessing refers to the development of virtuous qualities you did not previously have and the improvement of those good qualities you have already developed. It also means decreasing the defilements of the mind that obstruct the generation of wholesome qualities. So actual blessing is received when the minds virtuous attributes gain strength and its defective characteristics weaken or deteriorate.” ― Dalai Lama

“One of my practices comes from an ancient Indian teacher. He taught that when you experience some tragic situation, think about it. If there’s no way to overcome the tragedy, then there is no use worrying too much. So I practice that. (The Dalai Lama was referring to the eighth-century Buddhist master Shantideva, who wrote, “If something can be done about the situation, what need is there for dejection? And if nothing can be done about it, what use is there for being dejected?”)” ― Dalai Lama

“We discover that all human beings are just like us, so we are able to relate to them more easily. That generates a spirit of friendship in which there is less need to hide what we feel or what we are doing.” ― Dalai Lama

“afflictions are classed as peripheral mental factors and are not themselves any of the six main minds [eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mental consciousnesses]. however, when any of the afflicting mental factors becomes manifest, a main mind [a mental consciousness] comes under its influence, goes wherever the affliction leads it, and 'accumulates' a bad action. there are a great many different kinds of afflictions, but the chief of them are desire, hatred, pride, wrong view and so forth. of these, desire and hatred are chief. because of an initial attachment to oneself, hatred arises when something undesirable occurs. further, through being attached to oneself the pride that holds one to be superior arises, and similarly when one has no knowledge of something, a wrong view that holds the object of this knowledge to be non-existent arises. how do self-attachment and so forth arise in such great force? because of beginningless conditioning, the mind tightly holds to 'i, i' even in dreams, and through the power of this conception, self-attachment and so forth occur. this false conception of 'i' arises because of one's lack of knowledge concerning the mode of existence of things. the fact that all objects are empty of inherent existence is obscured and one conceives things to exist inherently; the strong conception of 'i' derives from this. therefore, the conception that phenomena inherently exist is the afflicting ignorance that is the ultimate root of all afflictions.” ― Dalai Lama

“The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness”

“The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness” ― Dalai Lama

“regret with dignity and grace.” -Dalai Lama

“If you shift your focus from yourself to others, extend your concern to others, and cultivate the thought of caring for the well being of others, then this will have the immediate effect of opening up your life and helping you to reach out.” -Dalai Lama

“Our attitude towards suffering becomes very important because it can affect how we cope with suffering when it arises.” ― Dalai Lama

“If you have only education and knowledge and a lack of the other side, then you may not be a happy person, but a person of mental unrest, of frustration. Not only that, but if you combine these two, your whole life will be a constructive and happy life. And certainly you can make immense benefit for society and the betterment of humanity. That is one of my fundamental beliefs: that a good heart, a warm heart, a compassionate heart, is still teachable.” ― Dalai Lama

“In general, if we carefully examine any given situation in a very unbiased and honest way, we will realize that to a large extent we are also responsible for the unfolding of events.” ― Dalai Lama

“Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.” ― Dalai Lama

“Learn and obey the rules very well so you will know how to break them properly.”

“Learn and obey the rules very well so you will know how to break them properly.” ― Dalai Lama

“once a year go some place you've never been before” ― dalai lama

“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message: that is love, compassion and forgiveness. The important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.” ― Dalai Lama

“Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.” ― Dalai Lama

“What we do and think in our own lives, then, becomes of extreme importance as it effects everything we're connected to.” ― Dalai Lama

“The essence of any religion is good heart. Sometimes I call love and compassion a universal religion. This is my religion.” ― Dalai Lama

“I think that in many cases people tend to expect the other person to respond to them in a positive way first, rather than taking the initiative themselves to create that possibility. I feel that's wrong, it leads to problems and can act as a barrier that just serves to promote a feeling of isolation from others.” ― Dalai Lama

“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” ― Dalai lama

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness” ― Dalai lama

“True spirituality is a mental attitude you can practice at any time.” ― Dalai Lama

“The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.” ― Dalai Lama

“My religion is kindness.” ― Dalai Lama

“Joy is the reward, really, of seeking to give joy to others. When you show compassion, when you show caring, when you show love to others, do things for others, in a wonderful way you have a deep joy that you can get in no other way. You can’t buy it with money. You can be the richest person on Earth, but if you care only about yourself, I can bet my bottom dollar you will not be happy and joyful. But when you are caring, compassionate, more concerned about the welfare of others than about your own, wonderfully, wonderfully, you suddenly feel a warm glow in your heart, because you have, in fact, wiped the tears from the eyes of another. “Why” ― Dalai Lama

“unless the direction of science is guided by a consciously ethical motivation, especially compassion, its effects may fail to bring benefit. They may indeed cause great harm.” ― Dalai Lama

“I believe each human being has the potential to change, to transform one’s own attitude, no matter how difficult the situation.” ― Dalai Lama

“From the scientific view, the theory of karma may be a metaphysical assumption -- but it is no more so than the assumption that all of life is material and originated out of pure chance” ― The Dalai Lama

“Meanwhile, spring came, and with it the outpourings of Nature. The hills were soon splashed with wild flowers; the grass became an altogether new and richer shade of green; and the air became scented with fresh and surprising smells -- of jasmine, honeysuckle, and lavender.” ― Dalai Lama

“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” ― Dalai Lama

“Something is lacking. As one of the seven billion human beings, I believe everyone has the responsibility to develop a happier world. We need, ultimately, to have a greater concern for others’ well-being. In other words, kindness or compassion, which is lacking now. We must pay more attention to our inner values. We must look inside.” He” ― Dalai Lama

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“Every human being has the same potential. Whatever makes you feel "I am worthless" is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought, so what could you possibly be lacking? If you have the willpower, then you can do anything.” ― Dalai Lama

“I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we may succeed in building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings.” -Dalai Lama

“In accepting that suffering is a part of your daily existence, you could begin by examining the factors that normally give rise of feelings of discontent and mental unhappiness.” ― Dalai Lama

“If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.” ― Dalai Lama

“A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.” ― Dalai Lama

“Is this what you have in mind,' I asked the Dalai Lama, 'when you say in teachings that the buddhas and bodhisattvas of the world are the most selfish beings of all, that by cultivating altruism they actually achieve ultimate happiness for themselves?' Yes. That's wise selfish,' he replied. 'Helping others not means we do this at our own expense. Not like this. Buddhas and bodhisattvas, these people very wise. All their lives they only want one thing: to achieve ultimate happiness. How to do this? By cultivating compassion, by cultivating altruism.” ― Dalai Lama

“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.” -Dalai Lama

“Meditative practice allows us to quiet the distracting thoughts and feelings so that we can perceive reality, and respond to it more skillfully. The ability to be present in each moment is nothing more and nothing less than the ability to accept the vulnerability, discomfort, and anxiety of everyday life. “With” ― Dalai Lama

“We have bigger houses but smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicines, but less healthiness; We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We’ve built more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communications; We have become long on quantity, but short on quality. These times are times of fast foods; but slow digestion; Tall man but short character; Steep profits but shallow relationships. It is time when there is much in the window, but nothing in the room.” ― Dalai Lama

“We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity.”

“We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity.” ― Dalai Lama

“You know, when Nelson Mandela went to jail he was young and, you could almost say, bloodthirsty. He was head of the armed wing of the African National Congress, his party. He spent twenty-seven years in jail, and many would say, Twenty-seven years, oh, what a waste. And I think people are surprised when I say no, the twenty-seven years were necessary. They were necessary to remove the dross. The suffering in prison helped him to become more magnanimous, willing to listen to the other side. To discover that the people he regarded as his enemy, they too were human beings who had fears and expectations. And they had been molded by their society. And so without the twenty-seven years I don’t think we would have seen the Nelson Mandela with the compassion, the magnanimity, the capacity to put himself in the shoes of the other.” ― Dalai Lama

“I do not judge the universe.” ― Dalai Lama

“So let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that. The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren't born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others. For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities-warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful and more peaceful-happier.” ― Dalai Lama

“Compassion can be roughly defined in terms of a state of mind that is nonviolent, nonharming, and nonaggressive. It is a mental attitude based on the wish for others to be free of their suffering and is associated with a sense of commitment, responsibility, and respect towards others.” ― Dalai Lama

“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.” ― Dalai Lama

“The world will be saved by the Western woman” ― The Dalai Lama

“One of the basic points is kindness. With kindness, with love and compassion, with his feeling that is the essence of brotherhood, sisterhood, one will have inner peace. This compassionate feeling is the basis of inner peace.” ― Dalai Lama

“Despite all philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings.” ― Dalai Lama

“However, if we can transform our attitude towards suffering, adopt an attitude that allows us greater tolerance of it, then this can do much to help counteract feelings of mental unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and discontent.” ― Dalai Lama

“As the Dalai Lama put it, “In fact, taking care of others, helping others, ultimately is the way to discover your own joy and to have a happy life.” The” ― Dalai Lama

“We must conduct research and then accept the results. If they don't stand up to experimentation, Buddha's own words must be rejected.” ― Dalai Lama

“Adversity, illness, and death are real and inevitable. We chose whether to add to these unavoidable facts of life with the suffering that we create in our own minds and hearts... the chosen suffering. The more we make a different choice, to heal our own suffering, the more we can turn to others and help to address their suffering with the laughter-filled, tear-stained eyes of the heart. And the more we turn away from our self-regard to wipe the tears from the eyes of another, the more- incredibly- we are able to hear, to heal, and to transcend our own suffering. This is the true secret to joy.” ― Dalai Lama

“Like a lamp, dispelling the darkness of ignorance” ― Dalai Lama

“I say to people that I’m not an optimist, because that, in a sense, is something that depends on feelings more than the actual reality. We feel optimistic, or we feel pessimistic. Now, hope is different in that it is based not on the ephemerality of feelings but on the firm ground of conviction. I believe with a steadfast faith that there can never be a situation that is utterly, totally hopeless. Hope is deeper and very, very close to unshakable. It’s in the pit of your tummy. It’s not in your head. It’s all here,” he said, pointing to his abdomen. “Despair” ― Dalai Lama

“Rather, genuine compassion is based on the rationale that all human beings have an innate desire to be happy and overcome suffering, just like myself. And, just like myself, they have the natural right to fulfill this fundamental aspiration.” ― Dalai Lama

“The enemy is a very good teacher.” ― The Dalai Lama

“Discovering more joy does not, I’m sorry to say,” the Archbishop added, as we began our descent, “save us from the inevitability of hardship and heartbreak. In fact, we may cry more easily, but we will laugh more easily, too. Perhaps we are just more alive. Yet as we discover more joy, we can face suffering in a way that ennobles rather than embitters. We have hardship without becoming hard. We have heartbreak without being broken.” ― Dalai Lama

“We should reflect on the idea that since the beginning of time sentient beings have been mentally unstable because they have been slaves of delusion, they lack the eye of wisdom to see the path leading to nirvana and enlightenment, and they lack the necessary guidance of a spiritual teacher. Moment by moment they are indulging in negative actions, which will eventually bring about their downfall.” ― Dalai Lama

“It seems that scientific research reaches deeper and deeper. But it also seems that more and more people, at least scientists, are beginning to realize that the spiritual factor is important. I say 'spiritual' without meaning any particular religion or faith, just simple warmhearted compassion, human affection, and gentleness. It is as if such warmhearted people are a bit more humble, a little bit more content. I consider spiritual values primary, and religion secondary. As I see it, the various religions strengthen these basic human qualities. As a practitioner of Buddhism, my practice of compassion and my practice of Buddhism are actually one and the same. But the practice of compassion does not require religious devotion or religious faith; it can be independent from the practice of religion. Therefore, the ultimate source of happiness for human society very much depends on the human spirit, on spiritual values. If we do not combine science and these basic human values, then scientific knowledge may sometimes create troubles, even disaster....” ― Dalai Lama

“A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities. ” ― The Dalai Lama

“I’ve sometimes joked and said God doesn’t know very much math, because when you give to others, it should be that you are subtracting from yourself. But in this incredible kind of way—I’ve certainly found that to be the case so many times—you gave and it then seems like in fact you are making space for more to be given to you. “And” ― Dalai Lama

“If you live with fear and consider yourself as something special then automatically, emotionally, you are distanced from others. You then create the basis for feelings of alienation from others and loneliness. So, I never consider, even when giving a talk to a large crowd, that I am something special, I am 'His Holiness the Dalai Lama' . . . I always emphasize that when I meet people, we are all the same human beings. A thousand people -- same human being. Ten thousand or a hundred thousand -- same human being -- mentally, emotionally, and physically. Then, you see, no barrier. Then my mind remains completely calm and relaxed. If too much emphasis on myself, and I start to think I'm something special, then more anxiety, more nervousness.” ― Dalai Lama

“Even from the most rigorous scientific perspective, unselfishness and concern for others are not only in our own interests but also, in a sense, innate to out biological nature. In Indian usage, "secular", far from implying antagonism toward religion or toward people of faith, actually implies a profound respect for and tolerance toward all religions. "honor another's religion, for doing so strengthens both one's own and that of the other.” ― Dalai Lama

“The problem is that our world and our education remain focused exclusively on external, materialistic values. We are not concerned enough with inner values. Those who grow up with this kind of education live in a materialistic life and eventually the whole society becomes materialistic. But this culture is not sufficient to tackle our human problems. The real problem is here," the Dalai Lama said, pointed to his head. The Archbishop tapped his chest with his fingers to emphasize the heart as well. "And here," the Dalai Lama echoed. "Mind and heart..” ― Dalai Lama

“I think that the scientists are right. People who are always laughing have a sense of abandon and ease. They are less likely to have a heart attack than those people who are really serious and who have difficulty connecting with other people. Those serious people are in real danger.” ― Dalai Lama

“By mobilizing our thoughts and practicing new ways of thinking, we can reshape our nerve cells and change the way our brains work.” ― Dalai Lama

“Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” ― Dalai Lama

“From the moment of birth, every human being wants to discover happiness and avoid suffering. No differences in our culture or our education or our religion affect this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire joy and contentment. But so often these feelings are fleeting and hard to find, like a butterfly that lands on us and then flutters away. “The” ― Dalai Lama

“happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.” ― Dalai Lama

“The foundation of the Buddha's teachings lies in compassion, and the reason for practicing the teachings is to wipe out the persistence of ego, the number-one enemy of compassion.” ― Dalai Lama

“Everybody wants a happy life and a peaceful mind, but we have to produce peace of mind through our own practice.” ― Dalai Lama

“The most important quality to have toward your day is gratitude for what you have experienced, even for what was hard and what allowed you to learn and grow.” ― Dalai Lama

“You are made for perfection, but you are not yet perfect. You are a masterpiece in the making.” ― Dalai Lama

“He said, “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday

“He said, "There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” ― Dalai Lama

“joy is in fact our birthright and even more fundamental than happiness. “Joy,” ― Dalai Lama

“Ketika kita masih kecil dan setelah kita lanjut usia, kita sangat tergantung kepada orang-orang lain. Di antara masa itu, kita merasa bisa melakukan segala sesuatu tanpa bantuan orang lain, sehingga menganggap perhatian sesama tidak penting. Padahal dalam tahap ini perlu sekali bagi kita untuk memelihara cinta kasih yang mendalam antar sesama manusia.” ― Dalai Lama

“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another. If you wish to know that you are safe, cause another to know that they are safe. If you wish to better understand seemingly incomprehensible things, help another to better understand. If you wish to heal your own sadness or anger, seek to heal the sadness or anger of another.” -Dalai Lama

“Historically, the East was more concerned with understanding the mind and the West was more involved in understanding matter.” ― Dalai Lama

“If you approach others with the thought of compassion, that will automatically reduce fear and allow an openness with other people. It creates a positive, friendly atmosphere. With that attitude, you can approach a relationship in which you, yourself, initially create the possibility of receiving affection or a positive response from the other person. And with that attitude, even if the other person is unfriendly or doesn't respond to you in a positive way, then at least you've approached the person with a feeling of openness that gives you a certain flexibility and the freedom to change your approach as needed.” ― Dalai Lama

“The goal is not just to create joy for ourselves but, as the Archbishop poetically phrased it, “to be a reservoir of joy, an oasis of peace, a pool of serenity that can ripple out to all those around you.” As we will see, joy is in fact quite contagious. As is love, compassion, and generosity. So being more joyful is not just about having more fun. We’re talking about a more empathic, more empowered, even more spiritual state of mind that is totally engaged with the world.” ― Dalai Lama

“Within all beings there is the seed of perfection. However, compassion is required in order to activate that seed which is inherent in our hearts and minds....” ― Dalai Lama

“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.” ― the Dalai Lama

“The motivation of all religious practice is similar: love, sincerity, honesty. The way of life of practically all religious persons is consistent. The teachings of tolerance, love, and compassion are the same.” ― the Dalai Lama

“We may now have reached a point where this gap in our make-up has become unsustainable; partly because what in the past would have counted as material plenty has become the norm for the majority in much of the world; and partly because the slow retreat of religion that coincided with the spread of a capitalist economy has left a gaping hole in millions of people's lives. (Geoff Mulgan)” ― Dalai Lama

“We all appreciate in others the inner qualities of kindness, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, and generosity, and in the same way we are all averse to displays of greed, malice, hatred, and bigotry. The first beneficiaries of such a strengthening our inner values will, no doubt, be ourselves. Our inner lives are something we ignore at our own peril, and many of the greatest problems we face in today's world are the result of such neglect. When a system is sound, its effectiveness depends on the way it is used. So long as people give priority to material values, then injustice, corruption, inequity, intolerance, and greed-all the outward manifestations of neglect of inner values-will persist.” ― Dalai Lama

“The ultimate source of comfort and peace is within ourselves.”

“The ultimate source of comfort and peace is within ourselves.” ― Dalai Lama

“Live so when your children think of fairness and integrity they think of you.” ― Dalai Lama

“My earnest request is that you practice love and kindness whether you believe in a religion or not.” ― Dalai Lama

“I asked the Dalai Lama what it was like to wake up with joy, and he shared his experience each morning. 'I think if you are an intensely religious believer, as soon as you wake up, you thank God for another day. And you try to do God’s will. For a nontheist like myself, but who is a Buddhist, as soon as I wake up, I remember Buddha’s teaching: the importance of kindness and compassion, wishing something good for others, or at least to reduce their suffering. Then I remember that everything is interrelated, the teaching of interdependence. So then I set my intention for the day: that this day should be meaningful. Meaningful means, if possible, serve and help others. If not possible, then at least not to harm others. That’s a meaningful day.” ― Dalai Lama

“Acceptance, it must be pointed out, is the opposite of resignation and defeat.”

“Acceptance, it must be pointed out, is the opposite of resignation and defeat.” ― Dalai Lama

“And I think some suffering, maybe even intense suffering, is a necessary ingredient for life, certainly for developing compassion.” ― Dalai Lama

“And then the Archbishop offered his final and most effective remedy: reframing. “The very best is being able to ask yourself, ‘Why do I want to have a house that has seven rooms when there are only two or three of us? Why do I want to have it?’ And you can turn it on its head and look at how we are in such a mess with climate change because of our galloping consumption, which for the environment has been nothing less than disastrous. So you buy the small electric car instead, and you say, no I don’t need or want that big luxury car. So instead of it being your enemy, now it’s your ally.” Jinpa” ― Dalai Lama

“I do not think about converting others to Buddhism or merely furthering the Buddhist cause. Instead, I try to think of how I as a Buddhist can contribute to the happiness of all living beings.” ― Dalai Lama

“To practice tantra requires even greater compassion and greater intelligence than are required on the sutra path; thus, though many persons in the degenerate era are interested in tantra, tantra is not for degenerate persons. Tantra is limited to persons whose compassion is so great that they cannot bear to spend unnecessary time in attaining Buddhahood, as they want to be a supreme source of help and happiness for others quickly.” ― Dalai Lama

“There are four independent brain circuits that influence our lasting well-being, Davidson explained. The first is “our ability to maintain positive states.” It makes sense that the ability to maintain positive states or positive emotions would directly impact one’s ability to experience happiness. These two great spiritual leaders were saying that the fastest way to this state is to start with love and compassion. The second circuit is responsible for “our ability to recover from negative states.” What was most fascinating to me was that these circuits were totally independent. One could be good at maintaining positive states but easily fall into an abyss of a negative state from which one had a hard time recovering. That explained a lot in my life. The third circuit, also independent but essential to the others, is “our ability to focus and avoid mind-wandering.” This of course was the circuit that so much of meditation exists to develop. Whether it was focusing on one’s breath, or a mantra, or the analytic meditation that the Dalai Lama did each morning, this ability to focus one’s attention was fundamental. The fourth and final circuit is “our ability to be generous.” That was amazing to me: that we had an entire brain circuit, one of four, devoted to generosity. It is no wonder that our brains feel so good when we help others or are helped by others, or even witness others being helped, which Ekman had described as the elevation that is one dimension of joy. There was strong and compelling research that we come factory equipped for cooperation, compassion, and generosity.” ― Dalai Lama

“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.” ―Dalai Lama

“If at the beginning and end of our lives we depend upon the kindness of others, why in the middle of our lives should we not act kindly toward them? It is the pragmatic choice.” ― Dalai Lama

“In identifying one’s mental state as the prime factor in achieving happiness, of course that doesn’t deny that our basic physical needs for food, clothing, and shelter must be met. But once these basic needs are met, the message is clear: we don’t need more money, we don’t need greater success or fame, we don’t need the perfect body or even the perfect mate—right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.” ― Dalai Lama

“It is important to consider others at least as important as ourselves. This is the essence of spirituality.” ― Dalai Lama

“Cultivate the understanding that the self is not really an independently existing entity, and begin to view self instead in terms of it's dependent relation to others. Although it is difficult to say that merely reflecting on this will produce a profound spiritual realization, it will at least have some effect. Your mind will be more open. Something will begin to change within you. Therefore, even in the immediate term there is definitely a positive and beneficial effect in reversing these two attitudes and moving from self-centeredness to other-centeredness, from belief in self existence to belief in dependent origination.” ― Dalai Lama

“So what is true physically is, in a wonderful way, true spiritually as well. Deep down we grow in kindness when our kindness is tested.” ― Dalai Lama

“There is a Possibility of freedom from suffering. By removing the causes of suffering, it is possible to attain a state of Liberation, a state free from suffering. According to Buddhist thought, the root causes of suffering are ignorance, craving, and hatred. These are called the ‘three poisons of the mind.’These” ― Dalai Lama

“One of the chief reasons desire and hatred arise is that we are overly attached to the current flow of life. We have a sense that it will last forever, and with that sort of attitude we become fixated on superficialities—material possessions and temporary friends and situations. To overcome this ignorance, you need to reflect on the fact that a day is coming when you will not be here. Even though there is no certainty that you will die tonight, when you cultivate an awareness of death, you appreciate that you could die tonight. With this attitude, if there is something you can do that will help in both this life and the next, you will give it precedence over something that would help only this life in a superficial way.” ― Dalai Lama

“On the philosophical level, both Buddhism and modern science share a deep suspicion of any notion of absolutes, whether conceptualize as a transcendent being, as an eternal, unchanging principle such as soul, or as a fundamental substratum of reality. ... In the Buddhist investigation of reality, at least in principle, empirical evidence should triumph over scriptural authority, no matter how deeply venerated a scripture may be. ~ 14th Dalai Lama in his talk to the Society for Neuroscience in 2005 in Washington.” ― Dalai Lama

“What we need today is an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion and can be equally acceptable to those with faith and those without: a secular ethics.” ― Dalai Lama

“When selflessness is seen in objects, the seed of cyclic existence is destroyed.” ― Dali Lama

“if you can, serve other people, other sentient beings. If not, at least refrain from harming them. I think that is the whole basis of my philosophy.” ― Dalai Lama

“It seems important to me to distinguish between religion and spirituality. Religion implies a system of beliefs based on metaphysical foundations, along with the teaching of dogmas, rituals, or prayers. Spirituality, however, corresponds to the development of human qualities such as love, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, or a sense of responsibility. These inner qualities, which are a source of happiness for oneself and for others, are independent of any religion. That is why I have sometimes stated that one can do without religion, but not without spirituality. And an altruistic motivation is the unifying element of the qualities that I define as spiritual. ” ― Dalai Lama

“The world has also learned that economic growth, by itself, cannot close the gap between rich and poor.” ― Dalai Lama

“What is this thing called joy, and how is it possible that it can evoke such a wide range of feelings? How can the experience of joy span from those tears of joy at a birth to an irrepressible belly laugh at a joke to a serenely contented smile during meditation? Joy seems to blanket this entire emotional expanse. Paul Ekman, famed emotions researcher and longtime friend of the Dalai Lama, has written that joy is associated with feelings as varied as: pleasure (of the five senses) amusement (from a chuckle to a belly laugh) contentment (a calmer kind of satisfaction) excitement (in response to novelty or challenge) relief (following upon another emotion, such as fear, anxiety, and even pleasure) wonder (before something astonishing and admirable) ecstasy or bliss (transporting us outside ourselves) exultation (at having accomplished a difficult or daring task) radiant pride (when our children earn a special honor) unhealthy jubilation or schadenfreude (relishing in someone else’s suffering) elevation (from having witnessed an act of kindness, generosity, or compassion) gratitude (the appreciation of a selfless act of which one is the beneficiary)” ― Dalai Lama

“In his book on happiness, Buddhist scholar and former scientist Matthieu Ricard has added three other more exalted states of joy: rejoicing (in someone else’s happiness, what Buddhists call mudita) delight or enchantment (a shining kind of contentment) spiritual radiance (a serene joy born from deep well-being and benevolence)” -Dalai Lama

“Some people think that cultivating compassion is good for others but not necessarily for themselves, but this is wrong. You are the one who benefits most directly since compassion immediately instills in you a sense of calm (nowadays medical researchers have shown in scientific studies that a calm mind is essential for good health), inner strength, and a deep confidence and satisfaction, whereas it is not certain that the object of your feeling of compassion will benefit. Love and compassion open our own inner life, reducing stress, distrust, and loneliness.” -Dalai Lama

“The true essence of humankind is kindness. There are other qualities which come from education or knowledge, but it is essential, if one wishes to be a genuine human being and impart satisfying meaning to one's existence, to have a good heart.” -Dalai Lama

“Be gentle with the earth.” ― Dalai Lama

“Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.”

“Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.” -Dalai Lama

“One great question underlies our experience, whether we think about it or not: what is the purpose of life? . . . From the moment of birth every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affects this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. . . Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.” ― Dalai Lama

“People think of animals as if they were vegetables, and that is not right. We have to change the way people think about animals. I encourage the Tibetan people and all people to move toward a vegetarian diet that doesn’t cause suffering.” ― Tenzin Gyatso

“If something can be done about the situation, what need is there for dejection? And if nothing can be done about it, what use is there for being dejected?” ― Dalai Lama

“The purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticise others.” ― Dalai Lama

“Forgiveness does not mean you forget what someone has done, contrary to the saying “Forgive and forget.” Not reacting with negativity, or giving in to the negative emotions, does not mean you do not respond to the acts or that you allow yourself to be harmed again. Forgiveness does not mean that you do not seek justice or that the perpetrator is not punished.” ― Dalai Lama

“If there's good, strong evidence from science that such and such is the case and this is contrary to Buddhism, then we will change.” ― Dalai Lama

“Only through the development of mutual respect, and in a spirit of truth, can friendship come about. By these means it is possible to move human minds, but never by force.” ― Dalai Lama

“I always try to share with others the idea that in order to become compassionate it is not necessary to become religious.” ― Dalai Lama

“We are all born free of religion, but none of us are born free of the need for compassion.” ― the Dalai Lama

“All of us, all human beings, are basically inclined or disposes toward what we perceive to be good. Whatever we do, we do because we think it will be of some benefit. At the same time, we all appreciate the kindness of others. We are all, by nature, oriented toward the basic human values of love and compassion. We all prefer the love of others to their hatred. We all prefer others' generosity to their meanness. And who among us does not prefer tolerance, respect, and forgiveness of out failings to bigotry, disrespect, and resentment?” ― Dalai Lama

“Suffering is inevitable, they said, but how we respond to that suffering is our choice. Not even oppression or occupation can take away this freedom to choose our response. Right” ― Dalai Lama

“One of the key paradoxes in Buddhism is that we need goals to be inspired, to grow, and to develop, even to become enlightened, but at the same time we must not get overly fixated or attached to these aspirations. If the goal is noble, your commitment to the goal should not be contingent on your ability to attain it, and in pursuit of our goal, we must release our rigid assumptions about how we must achieve it. Peace and equanimity come from letting go of our attachment to the goal and the method. That is the essence of acceptance. Reflecting” ― Dalai Lama

“As the great Indian scholar Shantideva has said: ‘If there is a way to overcome the suffering, then there is no need to worry; if there is no way to overcome the suffering, then there is no use in worrying.” ― Dalai Lama

“large meta-analysis by Morris Okun and his colleagues have found that volunteering reduces the risk of death by 24 percent.” ― Dalai Lama

“Change is part of the world. Until the last moment, Anything is possible.” ―Dalai Lama

“So when joy arises at the level of your mind and not just your senses, you can maintain a deep sense of satisfaction for a much longer period of time—even for twenty-four hours. “So I always say to people, you have to pay more attention to the mental level of joy and happiness. Not just physical pleasure, but satisfaction at the level of mind. This is true joyfulness. When you are joyful and happy at the mental level, physical pain doesn’t matter very much. But if there is no joy or happiness at the mental level, too much worrying, too much fear, then even physical comforts and pleasure will not soothe your mental discomfort.” “Many” ― Dalai Lama

“In daily life we experience suffering more often than pleasure. If we are patient, in the sense of taking suffering voluntarily upon ourselves, even if we are not capable of doing this physically, then we will not lose our capacity for judgement. We should remember that if a situation cannot be changed, there is no point in worrying about it. If it can be changed, then there is no need to worry about it either, we should simply go about changing it.” ― Dalai Lama

“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. You always have the choice.” ― Dalai Lama

“He told me that while he was in a Chinese Communist gulag for almost eighteen years, he faced danger on a few occasions. I thought he was referencing a threat to his own life. But when I asked, "What danger?" he answered, "Losing compassion toward the Chinese.” ― Dalai Lama

“Be the change you wish to be” ― The Dalai Lama

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy. Every moment is a gift.” ― Dalai Lama

“If as spiritual practitioners we ignore the discoveries of science, our practice is also impoverished, as this mind-set can lead to fundamentalism.” ― Dalai Lama

“Without forgiveness, we remain tethered to the person who harmed us. We are bound to the chains of bitterness, tied together, trapped. Until we can forgive the person who harmed us, that person will hold the keys to our happiness, that person will be our jailor. When we forgive, we take back control of our own fate and our feelings. We become our own liberator.” ― Dalai Lama

“Mudita is based on the recognition of our interdependence, or Ubuntu. The Archbishop explains that in African villages, one would ask in greeting, “How are we?” This understanding sees that someone else’s achievements or happiness is in a very real way our own.” ― Dalai Lama

“We inherited the reactivity of this part of our brain, and particularly the sensitive amygdala, from our skittish fight-or-flight ancestors. Yet so much of the inner journey means freeing ourselves from this evolutionary response so that we do not flip our lid or lose our higher reasoning when facing stressful situations. The real secret of freedom may simply be extending this brief space between stimulus and response. Meditation seems to elongate this pause and help expand our ability to choose our response.” ― Dalai Lama

“When our minds are clouded by hatred, selfishness, jealousy, and anger, we lose not only control but also our judgment.” ― Dalai Lama

“As for suffering I do not wish even the slightest; as for happiness I am never satisfied. In this, there is no difference between others and me. Bless me so I may take joy in others’ happiness.” ― Dalai Lama

“As free human beings we can use our unique intelligence to try to understand ourselves and our world. But if we are prevented from using our creative potential, we are deprived of one of the basic characteristics of a human being.” ― Dalai Lama

“Don't let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” ― DALAI LAMA

“When things go smoothly, then we can pretend we are something very special. But something happens, something unexpected, then we are forced to act like normal human beings.” ― Dalai Lama

“A happy mind is a healthy mind, and a healthy mind is good for the body.”

“A happy mind is a healthy mind, and a healthy mind is good for the body.” ― Dalai Lama

“Whether we will be able to achieve world peace or not, we have no choice but to work toward that goal. If we allow love and compassion to be dominated by anger, we will sacrifice the best part of our human intelligence—wisdom, our ability to decide between right and wrong. Along with selfishness, anger is one of the most serious problems facing the world today.” ― Dalai Lama

“During the week their fingers were often wagging at each other teasingly, moments before their hands were clasped together affectionately. During our first lunch the Archbishop told the story of a talk they were giving together. As they were getting ready to walk on stage, the Dalai Lama—the world’s icon of compassion and peace—pretended to choke his spiritual older brother. The Archbishop turned to the Dalai Lama and said, “Hey, the cameras are on us, act like a holy man.” These” ― Dalai Lama

“You must understand that even if your adversaries seem to be harming you, in the end their destrucive activity will turn against them.” ― Dalai Lama

“Instead of looking to blame others and the world around us, we should first look within ourselves. This” ― Dalai Lama

“Initially, the positive emotions derived from cultivating our higher natures may be weak, but we can enhance them through constant familiarity, making our experiences of happiness and inner contentment far more powerful than a life abandoned to purely impulsive emotions.” ― Dalai Lama

“A compassionate concern for others’ well-being is the source of happiness.” ― Dalai Lama

“Every day, think as you wake up, ‘I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it,” ― Dalai Lama

“Many, many millions in the world today are hungry. It’s not your fault, but you woke up from a warm bed, you were able to have a shower, you put on clean clothes, and you were in a home that is warm in the winter. Now just think of the many who are refugees who wake up in the morning, and there’s not very much protection for them against the rain that is pelting down. Perhaps there is no warmth or food or even just water. It is to say in a way, yes, it is to say really, you do want to count your blessings.” ― Dalai Lama

“If a person shows anger to you, and you show anger in return, the result is disaster. If you nurse hatred, you will never be happy, even in the lap of luxury. By contrast, if you control your anger and show its opposite - love, compassion, tolerance, and patience - then not only do you remain in peace, but gradually the anger of others also will diminish.” ― Dalai Lama

“And I hope we can convey to God’s children out there how deeply they are loved. How deeply, deeply precious they are to this God. Even the despised refugee whose name no one seems to know. I look frequently at pictures of people fleeing from violence, and there’s so much of it. Look at the children. I say that God is crying, because that is not how God wanted us to live. But you see again even in those circumstances, you have these people who come from other parts of the world to try to help, to make things better. And through the tears, God begins to smile. And when God sees you and hears how you try to help God’s children, God smiles.” The Archbishop was now beaming, and he whispered the word smile as if it were the holy name of God.” ― Dalai Lama

“Look at one person who annoys you, and use the opportunity to counter your own anger and cultivate compassion. But if the annoyance is too powerful – if you find the person so repulsive that you cannot bear to be in his or her presence – it may be better to look for the exit!” ― Dalai Lama

“The theory of emptiness…is the deep recognition that there is a fundamental disparity between the way we perceive the world, including our own existence in it, and the way things actually are.” ― Dalai Lama

“Ultimately humanity is one, and this small planet is our only home. If we're to protect this home of ours, each of us needs to experience a vivid sense of universal altruism and compassion.” ― Dalai Lama

“Compassion naturally creates a positive atmosphere, and as a result you feel peaceful and content.” ― Dalai Lama

“If your mental health is sound, then when disturbances come, you will have some distress but quickly recover.” ― Dalai Lama

“According to the Archbishop and the Dalai Lama, when we see how little we really need—love and connection—then all the getting and grasping that we thought was so essential to our well-being takes its rightful place and no longer becomes the focus or the obsession of our lives. We” ― Dalai Lama

“In this world, all qualities spring from preferring the wellbeing of others to our own, whereas frustrations, confusion, and pain result from selfish attitudes. By adopting an altruistic outlook and by treating others in the way they deserve, our own happiness is assured as a byproduct. We should realize that self-centeredness is the source of all suffering, and that thinking of others is the source of all happiness.” ― Dalai Lama

“Perhaps more sobering, it has also hardwired us to cooperate with and be kind to those who look like our caregivers, who presumably kept us safe. We are more wary of others who look different: these are the unconscious roots of prejudice. Our empathy does not seem to extend to those who are outside our “group,” which is perhaps why the Archbishop and the Dalai Lama are constantly reminding us that we are, in fact, one group—humanity.” ― Dalai Lama

“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. - 12/7/2012 on his Facebook page” ― Dalai Lama

“Ultimately, the source of our problems lies at the level of the individual. If people lack moral values and integrity, no system of laws and regulations will be adequate. So long as people give priority to material values, then injustice, corruption, inequity, intolerance, and greed—all the outward manifestations of neglect of inner values—will persist.” ― Dalai Lama

“I was just thinking … I was thinking that the difference between the Tibetan language and English might possibly suggest a basic difference of perspectives. In Tibetan, the word we use for ‘I’ and ‘me’ is ‘nga’ and the word we use for ‘us’ and ‘we’ is ‘ngatso.’ So on the basic level of the words themselves there is, in the Tibetan language, an intimate connection between ‘I’ as an individual and ‘we’ as the collective. ‘Ngatso,’ the word for ‘we,’ literally means something like ‘a collection of “I”s’ or ‘many “I”s.’ So it’s like multiple selves, this kind of idea. So when you are identifying with a wider group, becoming part of that group, it’s like extending the individual sense of self, rather than losing it. Whereas the English terms ‘we’ and ‘I’ seem to be completely unrelated, the roots of the words are different, they are not related….” ― Dalai Lama

“I had heard an amazing story that supported what the Archbishop was saying. When I met James Doty, he was the founder and director of the Center of Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford and the chairman of the Dalai Lama Foundation. Jim also worked as a full-time neurosurgeon. Years earlier, he had made a fortune as a medical technology entrepreneur and had pledged stock worth $30 million to charity. At the time his net worth was over $75 million. However, when the stock market crashed, he lost everything and discovered that he was bankrupt. All he had left was the stock that he had pledged to charity. His lawyers told him that he could get out of his charitable contributions and that everyone would understand that his circumstances had changed. “One of the persistent myths in our society,” Jim explained, “is that money will make you happy. Growing up poor, I thought that money would give me everything I did not have: control, power, love. When I finally had all the money I had ever dreamed of, I discovered that it had not made me happy. And when I lost it all, all of my false friends disappeared.” Jim decided to go through with his contribution. “At that moment I realized that the only way that money can bring happiness is to give it away.” •” ― Dalai Lama

“no matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up” ― Dalai Lama

“We must use all opportunities to practice the truth, to improve ourselves, instead of waiting for a time when we think we will be less busy. The activities of this world are like ripples in a pond: When one disappears, another emerges; there is no end to them.” ― Dalai Lama

“most of our troubles stem from attachment to things that we mistakenly see as permanent.” ― Dalai Lama

“I believe the twenty-first century can become the most important century of human history. I think a new reality is emerging. Whether this view is realistic or not, there is no harm in making an effort.” ― Dalai Lama

“So long as people give priority to material values, then injustice, inequity, intolerance, and greed - all the outward manifestations of neglect of our inner values - will persist.” ― Dalai Lama

“The psychoanalyst and social philosopher Erich Fromm claimed that humankind’s most basic fear is the threat of being separated from other humans. He believed that the experience of separateness, first encountered in infancy, is the source of all anxiety in human life. John Bowlby agreed, citing a good deal of experimental evidence and research to support the idea that separation from one’s caregivers – usually the mother or father – during the latter part of the first year of life inevitably creates fear and sadness in babies. He feels that separation and interpersonal loss are at the very roots of the human experiences of fear, sadness, and sorrow.” ― Dalai Lama

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful, it’s gratefulness that makes us happy.”

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful, it’s gratefulness that makes us happy.” ― Dalai Lama

“So many wars have been fought and so much injustice has been perpetrated because we've banished others from our group and therefore our circle of concern.” ― Dalai Lama

“If the situation or problem is such that it can be remedied, then there is no need to worry about it. In other words, if there is a solution or a way out of the difficulty, then one needn’t be overwhelmed by it. The appropriate action is to seek its solution. It is more sensible to spend the energy focusing on the solution rather than worrying about the problem. Alternatively, if there is no way out, no solution, no Possibility of resolution, then there is also no point in being worried about it, because you can’t do anything about it anyway. In that case, the sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be on you. This formula, of course, implies directly confronting the problem. Otherwise you won’t be able to find out whether or not there is a resolution to the problem.” ― Dalai Lama

“It is clear that something is seriously lacking in the way we humans are going about things. But what is it that we lack? The fundamental problem, I believe, is that at every level we are giving too much attention to the external, material aspects of life while neglecting moral ethics and inner values. By inner values, I mean the qualities that we all appreciate in others, and toward which we all have a natural instinct, bequeathed by our biological nature as animals that survive and thrive only in an environment of concern, affection, and warm-heartedness-or in a single word, compassion. The essence of compassion is a desire to alleviate the suffering of others and to promote their well-being. This is the spiritual principle from which all other positive inner value emerge.” ― Dalai Lama

“The Dalai Lama was saying that when one is thinking about others with kindness and compassion, one is never lonely. Openheartedness—warmheartedness—is the antidote to loneliness. It has often amazed me that one day I can walk down the street feeling judgmental and critical of others, and I will feel separate and lonely, and the next day I can walk down the same street with more openhearted acceptance and compassion and suddenly everyone seems warm and friendly. It is almost as if my inner state of mind and heart changes the physical and social world around me completely. This” ― Dalai Lama

“So, personally, I prefer the last five decades of refugee life. It’s more useful, more opportunity to learn, to experience life. Therefore, if you look from one angle, you feel, oh how bad, how sad. But if you look from another angle at that same tragedy, that same event, you see that it gives me new opportunities. So, it’s wonderful. That’s the main reason that I’m not sad and morose. There’s a Tibetan saying: ‘Wherever you have friends that’s your country, and wherever you receive love, that’s your home.” ― Dalai Lama

“Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold....Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.” ― Tenzin Gyatso

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

“Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.” ― Dali Lama