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Sunday, May 3, 2020

196 quotes from Dalai Lama in 21 categories

A short biography of the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) (1935 to) 

196 quotes from Dalai Lama in 21 categories

Dalai Lama means the Ocean of wisdom. He is one of the few people in the world to enjoy immense moral authority and to arouse respect and deep sympathy in millions of people. The Dalai Lama is a dominant figure in Tibetan Buddhism and an icon of peace around the world. 

Its mission is to promote tolerance, respect, and non-violence. Here are the major events in his life: 1935: the birth of Tenzin Gyatso in northeast Tibet, 1937: recognized as one of the many reincarnations of the Dalai Lama, 1940: enthronement as the fourteenth Dalai Lama, 1950: China invades Tibet, 1954: meeting with Mao Tsé-Toung in China, 1956: meeting with Nehru in India, 1959: exile in India in Dharamsala, 1973: meeting with Pope Paul VI, 1987: riots in Lhassa, suppressed by China, 1989: obtaining the Nobel Peace Prize. Important French-speaking publications: - The Art of Happiness: Daily Wisdom and Serenity - The Happiness of Living and Dying in Peace - Transforming Your Mind - How to Practice Buddhism - 365 Daily Meditations by the Dalai Lama - When the Spirit Dialogs the body - The Meaning of Life - Advice from the Heart - The Way of Light: An Introduction to Buddhism - Overcoming Death and Living a Better Life - Spiritual Advice to Buddhists and Christians - Spiritual Paths to Happiness - Ancient Wisdom, modern world - The Dalai Lama talks about Jesus - The Power of Kindness 

1) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on love

We can do without religion but not love or compassion. 

Nurturing feelings of affection not only strengthens our body but also our emotional balance. 

The fire of hatred is only extinguished by love; and if the fire of hatred does not go out, it is because Love is not yet strong enough. 

The ability to put yourself in the shoes of others and to think about how you would act for them is very useful if you want to learn to love someone. (Why is the sky blue?) 

You can develop a just attitude towards others from kindness, love, respect, and based on the full understanding of the unity of all human beings. 

Without love, we could not survive. Human beings are social creatures and being concerned with others is the very basis of community life. (The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Wisdom, p60) 

Let's see how spontaneous affection plays a crucial role in our lives from birth. Without it, we would not have been alive for a long time. Let us observe how we feel good when we are surrounded by the love of others, when we experience love ourselves, and how, on the contrary, we are bad in our skin when anger or hatred invades us. 

2) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on money

You cannot live without money, but that is not a reason to give it first place. 

We strive for peace or happiness with money, power ... everything outside of us. But real peace, serenity, must come from within. 

Perhaps this unfortunate [economic] crisis can serve as a lesson to start thinking about other human values, not just money. 

What surprises me most about the western man is that he loses his health to earn money, and then he loses his money to recover his health. By thinking of the future, he does not live in the present, and therefore he does not live in the present or the future. He lives as if he should never die, and he dies as if he never lived. 

It would be wrong to think that to be happy is to grab the best at the expense of others. The lack of altruism, which causes family troubles and disorders, causes loneliness. Take care not to be excessively outward-looking, knowing that the seizure and possession of material goods reinforce self-centeredness. (My spiritual autobiography, 2009) 

3) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on happiness

Joy is a power, cultivate it.

Happiness is not something acquired. 

Happiness is not a ready-made thing; it arises from your own actions. 

Our daily happiness largely depends on our attitude. (The Art of Happiness) 

Everyone is the master of their own destiny, it is up to us to create the causes of happiness. 

We must learn to distinguish the important from the superfluous, and at the end of the road, find happiness and serenity. 

Happiness does not come only from external circumstances, it comes essentially from internal attitudes. 

Disciplining one's mind, giving up the superfluous, living in harmony with others, and with oneself will assure us happiness. 

The irony is that once we have obtained the object of our desire, we are still not satisfied. Thus lust is limitless and a source of trouble. The only antidote is contentment. 

For those who aspire to a happy life, it is very important to use both internal and external means; in other words, to associate material development with spiritual development. 

It is by achieving our ends through an effort by being ready to make the sacrifice of immediate profits in favor of the well-being of others in the long term, that we will achieve happiness characterized by peace and authentic consent. (Ancient wisdom, modern world) 

To be good, to have positive thoughts, to forgive those who have wronged us, to treat everyone as a friend, to help those who are suffering and never to pretend to be superior to the others: even if these tips seem too simple, take the trouble to see if their app makes you happier. 

Achieving true happiness can transform your attitude, your thinking, and it's not always easy. This brings many factors into play, in different areas. It would be pointless, for example, to think that there is only one key and that whoever holds it has only to let himself live. 
Christopher Michel [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia 

4) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on the kindness

Our only real power is to help others. (Wise words of the Dalai Lama) 

Helping others induces a feeling of happiness, soothes the mind, alleviates depression. (The art of happiness) 

When our intentions are selfish, the fact that our actions may appear good does not guarantee that they are positive or ethical. (Ancient wisdom, modern world) 

If we want to make sense of our lives and be happy, let's start with healthy giving. Let us cultivate the human qualities that we all possess, and leave our confused thoughts and negative emotions buried. 

Those who dedicate themselves to others in the field of health, education, spiritual, family, social life, or any other field rejoice my heart. Every human society generates its share of problems and suffering. Doing everything possible to resolve these difficulties is worthy of praise. From a Buddhist point of view, it is important not to just help someone out of duty or pleasure as some like to garden. If we do it with love and compassion, with a smile and kind words, we bring him certain happiness. The act itself may seem identical, but its benefits are infinitely greater. 

5) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on change

The controversy is not bad in itself. The world evolves by the opposition of forces and energies. It is the debates of ideas, the conflicts of opinions which carry within them the germ of new discoveries. The controversy is natural; the important thing is how we live it and how we use it to progress. 

6) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on anger and conflict

Anger emanates from a rude spirit which must be softened by love. (Compassion)

The most effective way to change the other person's mind is through affection, not anger. 

Our enemy is within us. Conflicting emotions, pride, anger, jealousy ... are our real enemies. 

Our minds are filled with anger, jealousy, and other negative feelings, without us realizing that these feelings are incompatible with joy and inner peace. 

Anger or hatred, in particular, is the cause of a great number of misfortunes in this world, from family quarrels to the greatest conflicts. (365 daily meditations) 

7) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on compassion

Without genuine compassion and love, it is difficult to accept and tolerate the other. 

Establishing peace outside oneself and acting on the world first requires acting in oneself and establishing peace in oneself. 

Let us cultivate love and compassion, these two things that truly give meaning to life. The rest is incidental. 

Education alone is not enough, the fundamental quality that makes people sensitive to others is compassion

The behavior of everyone in everyday life is, ultimately, the real test of our compassion. 

To feel compassion is to experience as unbearable, as unbearable and intolerable the sufferings of the other. 

I keep the firm conviction that human nature is essentially good and compassionate. This is the dominant trait of humans. 

My deep conviction is that compassion is a fundamental aspect of our nature while being the foundation of our happiness. 

It is essential to show consideration for others because our own happiness is inextricably linked to theirs. (The art of kindness) 

Whatever the circumstances, I practice compassion. It brings me inner strength and happiness. It gives me the feeling that my life is useful. 

If compassion, kindness, and affection inspire you, at the same time it gives you the key to your inner lock and you communicate much more easily with others. 

Caring for others, sharing their problems, showing compassion is the foundation of a happy life for oneself, for one's family and for all of humanity. 

Common sense shows us that human life is short, and that it is better to make our short stay on earth useful for ourselves and for others. (A year with the Dalai Lama) 

Kindness is the true essence of the human being. There are other qualities coming from education, knowledge, but it is essential, if one wants to become a real human being and give meaning to one's existence, to have a good heart. 

Compassion has little value if it stays at the idea stage. It must shape our attitude towards our neighbor, translate into all our actions and all our thoughts. One can very well understand in the abstract the need to be humble and yet remain arrogant. (The art of compassion) 

Kindness and compassion are essential to give meaning to life. They are the foundation of a good heart, the heart of one who is driven by the desire to help others. Through kindness, also through affection, honesty, truth, and justice, we do good to us. (The art of kindness) 

My young friends, you have grown up in a world-wide spiral of destruction due to wars, terrorism, and the plunder of natural resources. Injustice, greed, and madness lead the world to its ruin. 

8) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on the state of mind

Becoming the master of our mind takes time. 

Being depressed is an extreme condition: we must do everything to remedy it. 

All activities for the benefit of others are acts that strengthen the mind. 

If this situation or problem is such that I cannot remedy it, then there is no point in worrying about it. 

Our emotivity leads to permanent instability of the mind, which can, in high doses, put our health at risk. (The art of compassion) 

Our positive states of mind can act as antidotes to our negative tendencies and illusory states of mind. (The art of happiness)

To be truly happy, you have to have a calm mind, and that peace of mind only comes about through compassion. (On the way to awakening) 

The more open and honest you are, the less afraid you will be. There is nothing to worry about being exposed or revealed to others. The more honest you are, the more confidence you will have. 

9) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on humanity

We all belong to the big 9human family. 

We are interested in its members as parts of its body, why not in men as parts of humanity? 

The need for love is the foundation of the interdependence that binds us together. No matter how gifted and skilled a given individual, he cannot survive alone. 

When you doubt yourself, that you do not have confidence in yourself, think of the fantastic potential of being a human being who is just waiting to grow. Then you will be happy to discover this treasure that resides in you. 

I believe in education. We need to instill a sense of unity in humanity. The reality is that the future of each continent depends on the others. My nation, my nation, this is a wrong concept. Nationalist sentiment is outdated. (Interview by H. Thibault du Monde) 

I speak to you as a human being and ask you never to forget that you are human, before being American, Western, African, members of such and such a religious and ethnic group. These characteristics are secondary. Don't let them take over. (Make the revolution!) 

10) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on ignorance

The battle against ignorance is won every day, and it ends up opening up to unexpected perspectives. 

Fighting ignorance is also fighting suffering. Ignorance is the source of poisons and mental obscurations. 

11) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on the inner world

The appeasement lies in each of us. 

If we want to create peace in the world, first create it in each of us. 

The unhappiness always comes from the fact that one feels trapped inside one's own skin, one's own brain. 

Internal peace can only be destroyed by internal enemies, such as hatred, while external enemies remain powerless. 

Whatever your outward appearance, or what others think of you, the most important thing is to be your own witness, to avoid regret and remorse. And from time to time do a thorough internal review. 

12) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on peace

Everyone talks about peace, but you cannot achieve peace outside if you harbor anger or hatred in yourself. 

Resolving a conflict by reason rather than force gives the feeling of acting fairly and provides deep satisfaction. 

If calm does not reign in itself, there can be no peace in the approach of others, and therefore no peaceful relations between individuals or between nations. 

Universal responsibility is absolutely essential to the survival of humanity; it is the best foundation for peace in the world. (Rio Earth Summit, 1992) 

Promoting a culture of dialogue and non-violence for the future of mankind is a duty from which the international community cannot escape. (Speech at the European Parliament in October 2001) 

Peace is not something that comes from outside. It is something that comes from within. It is something that has to start within ourselves; everyone has the responsibility to make Peace grow in him so that Peace remains general. (The wisdom of the heart: The Dalai Lama by himself) 

I believe, he once said to me, that each individual has a responsibility to help guide our whole family in the right direction. Pious wishes are not enough. It is necessary to realize our universal responsibility. Remember that peace in the world begins with peace at the heart of each of us. 

Universal responsibility: to meet the challenge today, we must develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must work, not only for ourselves or our families, or our nations, but for the well-being of all humanity. Universal responsibility is the key to our survival; it is the best base for building peace in the world. 

13) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on human relations

The greatest enemy of man is the insane love he has for himself. It is this love that separates him from others. 

Our tendency to compare strongly influences us. Look at less fortunate people instead of being more wealthy than you. This will save you a lot of bitterness. (The art of happiness) 

As soon as we live with someone else, we must treat them with affection and always be attentive to what they think. Each of them must also bear their share of responsibility, whatever happens. 

The family must play a major role. If peace really reigns in families, if you do not only find knowledge but real moral values, and learn to live in a righteous and altruistic way, then it becomes possible to build the rest of society . For me, the family has an immense responsibility. 

Human warmth allows opening. You discover that all human beings are just like you, quite simply. And it's much easier for you to build a relationship. On the contrary, if you establish relationships based on power and money, as soon as you experience a disgrace, your 'friends' will let you down. (The art of happiness) 

The purpose of life must be positive. We were not born to complicate things, to harm others. For life to have value, it is necessary to consolidate the fundamental qualities of humanity, human warmth, kindness, compassion. So our life takes on meaning and becomes more peaceful, happier (The Art of Happiness: Wisdom and Serenity in Everyday Life) 

14) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on religion

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. 

All religions have their own beauty and we have to be respectful of them.

If you have a particular faith or religion, it's a good thing. But you can survive without it. 

I call love and compassion a universal religion. This is my religion. (My spiritual autobiography) 

I believe that the goal of all great religious traditions is not to build great temples outside, but to create temples of kindness and compassion inside, in our hearts. (The Dalai Lama speaks of Jesus, 1998) 

Everyone is free to believe or not to believe, but from the moment you have a religion and believe in what it teaches, give it great importance and avoid having faith every other day, do not act haphazardly, and make your thoughts match what you say. 

Universal responsibility is the best basis for building both personal happiness and world peace, for defining equitable use of our natural resources and, for the benefit of generations to come, for giving the environment attention that he claims. (Speech at the European Parliament in October 2001) 

Tolerance: I believe it is better that there are several religions and philosophies rather than a single religion and a single philosophy. It is a necessity because our mental dispositions are different. Each religion offers specific ideas and techniques. Learning and integrating them can only enrich our own faith. 

The aim of religion is not to build beautiful temples and beautiful shrines, but to cultivate positive human qualities such as tolerance, generosity, and love. All religions of the world, whatever their philosophical vision, are, first and foremost, based on the principle of reducing our selfishness and serving others. 

15) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on wisdom 

One can conquer thousands of men in a battle; but he who conquers himself alone is the noblest of the conquerors. 

Let us think about what really has value, what gives meaning to our life, and order our priorities accordingly. (The Art of Happiness: Daily Wisdom and Serenity) 

The more we meet different opinions, the more we have the opportunity to acquire a new understanding of others and to improve ourselves. Do not freeze on our personal ideas and dialogue with others in a wide open attitude. 

16) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on transforming 

Changing takes time, requires patience and persistence; it's a real learning process. (The art of happiness: The wise advice of the Dalai Lama) 

A way to fight anxiety and to worry less about yourself and more about others. When we really see the difficulties of others, ours lose their importance. 

If no one acts, no progress is possible and no error can be corrected. But we must also ask ourselves if what we are going to say or do will be useful for something. 

It is easier to attack others than to try to understand the reasons for our disorder when something bothers and destabilizes us. (Wise words of the Dalai Lama) 

Acting on our negative emotions is a long-term job. Perseverance, determination, will are necessary. When you are discouraged, when your achievements seem paltry, reread or think about the lives of the great masters of the past, the history of the Buddha. All of them have overcome difficulties, sufferings, often incredible, during their spiritual quest. To realize the Way, to realize itself, requires great courage. (Wise words of the Dalai Lama, 2002) 

17) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on suffering 

We help increase our suffering by fueling our conflicting emotions. 

Compassion means feeling for someone who suffers a deep sympathy and having the desire to help them free them from their suffering. (The art of compassion, 2002) 

Even an enlightened being, armed with knowledge and unlimited powers, and the aspiration to save all beings from suffering cannot eliminate the individual karma of each. 

If I have negative feelings towards those who made me suffer, they will only destroy the peace of my mind. But if I forgive, my mind will be calm. (Knowing how to forgive, co-author Victor Chan) 

Knowing how to transform our attitude to suffering in order to better tolerate it, can greatly help neutralize sadness, dissatisfaction, or dissatisfaction. Who said life was easy? Consider suffering as normal and suddenly a suffering that presents itself becomes more tolerable. (The art of happiness) 

Wanting to be free from suffering is the corollary of the desire to be happy. This is why it is absolutely right to research the causes of unhappiness, exploring all levels, global, social, family, and individual. As long as we see in suffering an unnatural state, an abnormal situation that we fear, that we avoid and reject, we will never flush out the causes. (The Art of Happiness: Daily Wisdom and Serenity) 

18) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on spirituality 

The foundation of all spiritual practice is love. (The words of his Holiness) 

Keeping one's spiritual tradition in no way prevents us from taking an interest in the teachings of other religions. 

It is urgent to find a better balance between our material concerns and our spiritual development. 

One must have total conviction in one's own spiritual path, combined with perfect respect for other truths. 

We can live without tea, but not without water; similarly, we can live without religion, but we cannot live without spirituality. 

When we evaluate a particular act to determine whether it is moral or spiritual, our criterion must be that of the quality of our motivation. If someone deliberately decides to refrain from stealing, but this decision is only motivated by the fear of being caught and being punished by the law, it is not strictly speaking moral, because these are not moral considerations that dictated his choice. (The art of compassion) 

19) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on life 

Life in itself is an eternal beginning. 

It is essential to make every day of our life meaningful. 

The purpose of our life must be positive. We were not born with the goal of causing trouble, of harming others. 

The more we have given meaning to our life, the less we will regret it at the moment of death. (From the Happiness of Living and Dying in Peace, 1998) 

You are going to have to live with your actions for the rest of your life, so to save yourself regret and anxiety, live your life with honor from now on. 

If in these moments we lose hope and courage, we reduce all the more our capacities to face difficulties. If, on the other hand, we keep in mind that we are not the only victims of this suffering, but that it is our common lot to all, this more realistic perspective will strengthen our determination and our ability to overcome hardships. Thanks to this attitude, each new obstacle can be truly perceived as an additional as much as a precious opportunity to advance our spirit. 

20) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on violence 

If we became violent, we would have nothing more to defend. 

Human history has shown that the use of violence has always resulted in new violence. 

We shouldn't be talking about a Muslim terrorist or a Buddhist terrorist. In reality, once a person is involved in terrorist activities, they are no longer Muslim or Buddhist. (Interview by H. Thibault du Monde) 

Violence and war have always been part of our history. But today, if a global conflict were to take place, there would be no winner. We must therefore have the courage and the discernment to demand a world without nuclear weapons and without national armies, in the long term. (Speech at the European Parliament in October 2001) 

21) Quotes from the Dalai Lama on other subjects 

Silence is sometimes the best answer. 

Good motivation leads to good action. 

We all carry in us both good and bad. (Compassion) 

Once you have a pure and sincere motivation, everything else follows. 

Focusing on intellectual learning can lead to neglecting the intelligence of the heart. 

Everything is useful insofar as you know how to seize the learning opportunities that arise. 

You should put an end to all negative activities and focus on building up healthy actions. 

You can use a Buddhist meditation technique without becoming a Buddhist: the important thing is that it is effective for you. 

Misfortune takes hold of each of us because we take ourselves for the center of the world, because we have the miserable conviction of being alone to suffer the unbearable. 

Thank your enemies, they are your greatest masters. They teach you to cope with suffering and develop patience, tolerance, compassion, without expecting anything in return. 

Our natural tendency often leads us to transfer responsibility for our problems to others, or to external factors. We also frequently look for a single cause and try to hold ourselves harmless.

Environment: taking care of our planet is like taking care of our own home. Since we come from nature, not respecting it makes no sense. This is why I say that the question of the environment cannot be compared to religion, ethics, or morals. These are "luxury" because we can survive without them. However, we will not survive if we destroy nature. 

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