Dalai Lama quotes page 1
born July 6, 1935, Tendzin Gyatsho, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance,
humility, and forgiveness.
If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then
no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in
When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, "I am of no value", is wrong.
wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you
lacking? If you have willpower then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are
your own master.
If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
There is a saying in Tibetan, "Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength." No
what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real
I believe each human being has the potential to change, to transform one's own attitude,
matter how difficult the situation.
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.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave
negatively or hurt you.
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you
have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.
Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.
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.
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence.
Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
It is time to fill the world with strong and powerful deeds. It is common knowledge that
great captain in the world has ever destroyed all of his enemies and lived with a sense of
satisfaction. If one enemy is killed, two more will appear. It is important we cultivate love and
compassion to all the sentient beings which is the way to bring peace to all.
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.
As people alive today, we must consider future generations: A clean environment is a human
right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the
world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.
True spirituality is a mental attitude you can practice at any time.
We have bigger houses but smaller families; We have more degrees but less sense;
more knowledge but less judgements; more experts but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness. We've been all the way to the moon and back,
but we have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever,
but we have less communication. We have become long on quantity
but short on quality. These 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.
To reduce hatred and other destructive emotions, we must develop their opposites –
compassion and kindness.
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. We always have the choice.
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.