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Dalai Lama Quotes

  1. A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.
  2. 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.
  3. All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment.
  4. Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way – everything is interdependent, not absolute.
  5. Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way – everything is interdependent, not absolute. So that view is very helpful to maintain a peace of mind because the main destroyer of a peaceful mind is anger.
  6. As a human being, anger is a part of our mind. Irritation also part of our mind. But you can do – anger come, go. Never keep in your sort of – your inner world, then create a lot of suspicion, a lot of distrust, a lot of negative things, more worry.
  7. As long as I am alive, I am fully committed to amity between Tibetans and Chinese. Otherwise there’s no use.
  8. At the beginning when the child is coming, people worry the child may be deformed. When a healthy boy or child comes, people are very happy for a short moment.
  9. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
  10. Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future.
  11. Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.
  12. China has to go along with world trends. That’s democracy, liberty, individual freedom. China sooner or later has to go that way. It cannot go backward.
  13. Chinese people themselves, they really want change.
  14. Computers make me totally blank out.
  15. Conversion is not my intention. Changing religion is not easy. You may develop some kind of confusion or difficulties.
  16. Death means change our clothes. Clothes become old, then time to come change. So this body become old, and then time come, take young body.
  17. Disagreement is something normal.
  18. Even an animal, if you show genuine affection, gradually trust develops… If you always showing bad face and beating, how can you develop friendship?
  19. Even when a person has all of life’s comforts – good food, good shelter, a companion – he or she can still become unhappy when encountering a tragic situation.
  20. Even when we have physical hardships, we can be very happy.
  21. Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something’s wrong. He’s not right in the brain.
  22. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
  23. Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
  24. I always believe the rule by king or official leader is outdated. Now we must catch up with the modern world.
  25. I always say that people should not rush to change religions. There is real value in finding the spiritual resources you need in your home religion.
  26. I always tell people that religious institutions and political institutions should be separate. So while I’m telling people this, I myself continue with them combined. Hypocrisy!
  27. I am a simple Buddhist monk – no more, no less.
  28. I am confident I will set foot again in Tibet in my lifetime.
  29. I am just one human being.
  30. I am sometimes sad when I hear the personal stories of Tibetan refugees who have been tortured or beaten. Some irritation, some anger comes. But it never lasts long. I always try to think at a deeper level, to find ways to console.
  31. I became the Dalai Lama not on a volunteer basis.
  32. I consider myself as a free spokesman for the people.
  33. I describe myself as a simple Buddhist monk. No more, no less.
  34. I don’t think generally politician come from democratic country. I think not that thinking. But sometimes little bit short-sighted. They are mainly looking for their next vote.
  35. I feel exhausted if I teach too long.
  36. I felt we must separate political responsibility. The Dalai Lama should not carry that burden. So that is my selfish reason – to protect the old Dalai Lama tradition. It is safer without political involvement.
  37. I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
  38. I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.
  39. I have done one thing that I think is a contribution: I helped Buddhist science and modern science combine. No other Buddhist has done that. Other lamas, I don’t think they ever pay attention to modern science. Since my childhood, I have a keen interest.
  40. I have no trouble sleeping.
  41. I never dreamt, in my dream, I’m Dalai Lama.
  42. I think governments can’t do much.
  43. I think really, China, Chinese, I think they really have a long history of civilization, rich culture.
  44. I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
  45. I think the self-burning itself on practice of non-violence. These people, you see, they easily use bomb explosive, more casualty people. But they didn’t do that. Only sacrifice their own life. So this also is part of practice of non-violence.
  46. I think there’s every reason this 21st century will be much happier.
  47. I totally disagree with the view that the Tibet struggle will die, and there will be no hope for Tibet, after the Dalai Lama passes away.
  48. I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
  49. If I had remained in Lhasa, even without the Chinese occupation, I would probably have carried the ceremonial role in some orthodox way.
  50. If some people have the belief or view that the Dalai Lama has some miracle power, that’s totally nonsense.
  51. If some people have the belief or view that the Dalai Lama has some miracle power, that’s totally nonsense. I am just one human being.
  52. If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
  53. If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
  54. If you have religious faith, very good, you can add on secular ethics, then religious belief, add on it, very good. But even those people who have no interest about religion, okay, it’s not religion, but you can train through education.
  55. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
  56. In most cases, my visits to the West are for promotion of human values and religious harmony.
  57. In order to become prosperous, a person must initially work very hard, so he or she has to sacrifice a lot of leisure time.
  58. In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.
  59. In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
  60. It is difficult to violently suppress people in the long run, as the example of the Soviet Union and the Eastern European countries has shown.
  61. It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.
  62. 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.
  63. Logically, harmony must come from the heart… Harmony very much based on trust. As soon as use force, creates fear. Fear and trust cannot go together.
  64. Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
  65. Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
  66. Many Tibetans sacrifice their lives.
  67. More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other’s well-being, is source of happiness.
  68. My aim is to create a happy society with genuine friendship. Friendship between Tibetan and Chinese peoples is very essential.
  69. My desire to devolve authority has nothing to do with a wish to shirk responsibility.
  70. My faith helps me overcome such negative emotions and find my equilibrium.
  71. My main concern is meeting with public because my main commitment, main interest is promotion of human value, human affection, compassion and religious harmony.
  72. My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, introduce education about warm-heartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding.
  73. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
  74. Number of people have said to me, after hearing your thinking, their mind becomes much more happier.
  75. Of course, when I say that human nature is gentleness, it is not 100 percent so. Every human being has that nature, but there are many people acting against their nature, being false.
  76. 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.
  77. One thing I want to make clear, as far as my own rebirth is concerned, the final authority is myself and no one else, and obviously not China’s Communists.
  78. Open-minded people tend to be interested in Buddhism because Buddha urged people to investigate things – he didn’t just command them to believe.
  79. Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
  80. Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
  81. 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.
  82. 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.
  83. Sleep is the best meditation.
  84. Some mischievous people always there. Last several thousand years, always there. In future, also.
  85. Some scientists believe climate change is the cause of unprecedented melting of the North Pole, and that effects these very uncertain weather patterns. I think we should listen to those scientists and experts.
  86. Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
  87. The Chinese government wants me to say that for many centuries Tibet has been part of China. Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change past history. History is history.
  88. The Dalai Lama is just a temporal leader of Tibet.
  89. The Tibetan people will need to determine who the next reincarnation of the Dalai Lama is.
  90. The basic Buddhist stand on the question of equality between the genders is age-old. At the highest tantric levels, at the highest esoteric level, you must respect women: every woman.
  91. The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
  92. The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
  93. The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
  94. The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
  95. The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.
  96. There are techniques of Buddhism, such as meditation, that anyone can adopt.
  97. There are techniques of Buddhism, such as meditation, that anyone can adopt. And, of course, there are Christian monks and nuns who already use Buddhist methods in order to develop their devotion, compassion, and ability to forgive.
  98. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
  99. 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.
  100. Today different ethnic groups and different nations come together due to common sense.
  101. 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.
  102. 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.
  103. We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
  104. We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
  105. We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
  106. 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.
  107. 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.’
  108. When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
  109. Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
  110. Wherever I go meeting the public… spreading a message of human values, spreading a message of harmony, is the most important thing.
  111. 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.
  112. Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that’s important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
  113. With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.
  114. World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.

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