Dalai Lama Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Dalai Lama quotes and Dalai Lama sayings, and Dalai Lama proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment. "

"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. "

"Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety. "

"The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis. "

"My main concern is meeting with public because my main commitment, main interest is promotion of human value, human affection, compassion and religious harmony. "

"Religion, any religion, no matter what sort of wonderful religion, never be universal. So now education is universal, so we have to sort of find ways and means through education system, from kindergarten up to university level, to make awareness these good things, the values, inner values. "

"Open-minded people tend to be interested in Buddhism because Buddha urged people to investigate things – he didn’t just command them to believe. "

"I became the Dalai Lama not on a volunteer basis. "

"The purpose of our lives is to be happy. "

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

"A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity. "

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

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

"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. "

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. "

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

"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. "

"Sleep is the best meditation. "

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

"The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. "

"There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. "

"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come. "

"Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open. "

"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.’ "

"Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering. "

"With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. "

"Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent. "

"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. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way. "

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

"Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health. "

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