Dalai Lama Quotes

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
Happiness in simplicity can be achieved with a flexible mindset and nine hours sleep each night.
“Happiness in simplicity can be achieved with a flexible mindset and nine hours sleep each night.”
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”
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.”
If every 8-year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.
“If every 8-year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”
Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.”
The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
“The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.”
Anger, hatred and jealousy never solve problems, only affection, concern and respect can do that.
“Anger, hatred and jealousy never solve problems, only affection, concern and respect can do that.”
Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
“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.
“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.
“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.
“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”
When you concern yourself with others, you naturally develop a sense of self-confidence. To help others takes courage and inner strength.
“When you concern yourself with others, you naturally develop a sense of self-confidence. To help others takes courage and inner strength.”
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
“Silence is sometimes the best answer.”
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.”
Love and compassion open our own inner life, reducing stress, distrust and loneliness.
“Love and compassion open our own inner life, reducing stress, distrust and loneliness.”
It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.
“It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.”
Sleep is the best meditation.
“Sleep is the best meditation.”
Dreams are like stars; you may never touch them but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny.
“Dreams are like stars; you may never touch them but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny.”
The greater the level of calmness of our mind, the greater our peace of mind, the greater our ability to enjoy a happy and joyful life.
“The greater the level of calmness of our mind, the greater our peace of mind, the greater our ability to enjoy a happy and joyful life.”
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.”
If you are mindful of death, it will not come as a surprise-you will not be anxious. You will feel that death is merely like changing clothes. Consequently, at that point you will be able to maintain your calmness of mind.
“If you are mindful of death, it will not come as a surprise-you will not be anxious. You will feel that death is merely like changing clothes. Consequently, at that point you will be able to maintain your calmness of mind.”
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.”
Compassion, tolerance, forgiveness and a sense of self-discipline are qualities that help us lead our daily lives with a calm mind.
“Compassion, tolerance, forgiveness and a sense of self-discipline are qualities that help us lead our daily lives with a calm mind.”
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.
“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.”
When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.”
Happiness is the highest form of health.
“Happiness is the highest form of health.”
Developing inner values is much like physical exercise. The more we train our abilities, the stronger they become. The difference is that, unlike the body, when it comes to training the mind, there is no limit to how far we can go.
“Developing inner values is much like physical exercise. The more we train our abilities, the stronger they become. The difference is that, unlike the body, when it comes to training the mind, there is no limit to how far we can go.”
There is a saying in Tibetan, "Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength". No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.
“There is a saying in Tibetan, "Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength". No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.”
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
Be a good human being, a warm hearted, affectionate person. That is my fundamental belief.
“Be a good human being, a warm hearted, affectionate person. That is my fundamental belief.”
Differences in religious beliefs, politics, social status, and position are all secondary. When we look at someone with compassion, we are able to see beyond these secondary differences and connect to the primary essence that binds all humans together as one.
“Differences in religious beliefs, politics, social status, and position are all secondary. When we look at someone with compassion, we are able to see beyond these secondary differences and connect to the primary essence that binds all humans together as one.”
If our tears do not lead us to act then we have lost the reason of our humanity, which is compassion.
“If our tears do not lead us to act then we have lost the reason of our humanity, which is compassion.”
With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
“With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.”
The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.
“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.”
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.”
Fear, hatred, and suspicion narrow your mind, compassion opens it.
“Fear, hatred, and suspicion narrow your mind, compassion opens it.”
Instead of harboring fear and suspicion we need to think of other people not as 'them' but 'us'.
“Instead of harboring fear and suspicion we need to think of other people not as 'them' but 'us'.”
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest.
“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest.”
Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
“Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.”