Thirteen quotes by His Holiness the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (born 1935) is the fourteenth and current Dalai Lama. He is often referred to simply as the Dalai Lama. The title "Dalai Lama" is granted to each of the spiritual leader's successive incarnations. In 1989 he was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize. Here are 13 of his (many) quotes:
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.
In the society is too much violence. Now the national leaders are very much involved to do something about these things. But unless something comes within ourselves, within people themselves, the government or the law or constitution and police forces cannot do much.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
My religion is very simple. My religion 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.
From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace within ourselves.
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
For those who may not find happiness to exercise religious faith, it's okay to remain a radical atheist. It's absolutely an individual right, but the important thing is with a compassionate heart -- then no problem. We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
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.
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
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.
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