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Thursday, February 07, 2008

TT #73: quotes by the Dalai Lama

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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.

  • Sleep is the best meditation.

sources: Brainy Quote, ThinkExist


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56 comments:

  1. I believe we are all blessed to have His Holiness the Dalai Lama with us. He is such a wonderful person :) Happy TT

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  2. Very interesting. I especially like the fourth one. We could all learn from that.

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  3. Many wise words. Happy TT. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Niiiice post! Good job on a TT message.

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  5. What a great man. Everyone of these are wonderful. Words to live by. Thanks for sharing. Have a great TT. :)

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  6. Now, with an open heart like his -- this does make the perfect valentine post. Thank you.

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  7. this was a great post i love them all but this one feels right today--We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace within ourselves.

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  8. Great list, Tink! I love #3 and 4 the best! I have to copy all of them down... Happy TT! :)

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  9. These are all indeed "brainy quotes." Some are quite moving, too. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting my TT.

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  10. The Dalai Lama is indeed a great man. I especially like the first one that says all major religions basically carry the same message which are love, compassion & forgiveness. If we could only remember that then people wouldn't have to fight and argue about whose religion is better, etcetera.

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  11. I LOVE this. This is wisdom at it's finest. I especially love 'Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.'

    Beautiful.

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  12. I like #3 the best. The Bible has a verse like that saying too.

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  13. That last quote is my favorite. Happy TT!

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  14. I enjoyed your post. It was very educational.

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  15. Great words to live by! Happy TT

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  16. Ya know, in this age of the instant, vapid celebrity, it's so nice to see attention focused on someone wise and deserving.

    Happy TT, Tink.

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  17. I have copied 4 and 5 to think about these messages. Just what the doctor ordered.

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  18. I am calmer just by reading this list--thank you!

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  19. very wise words. Happy TT!

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  20. I love the way you think. Thanks for checking out my blog. Happy TT to you I really enjoyed your words of wisdom.

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  21. Good quotes. I like the one about sleep.

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  22. Those are wonderful thoughts from the Dalai Lama. Thank you for sharing them.

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  23. Very nice post. We have many of his books.

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  24. Wise words. Thanks for posting this. Happy T13!

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  25. I especially like #10. Very true.

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  26. Great list! All the quotes are inspiring, but I especially agree with the first.

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  27. I do love the Dalai Lama. What a great spirit! I appreciate your collection of quotes as well - not the usual ones. You have a great mind Tink!

    Happy TT

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  28. Great list of quotes. He is an amazing and wise man!

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  29. I think people like this make the rest of us realize just how shallow we truly are.

    SJR
    The Pink Flamingo
    http://thepinkflamingo.blogharbor.com/blog

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  30. Very interesting Thursday 13 post. If only more people would listen to what he says.

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  31. I like....be kind whenever possible-it's always possible. It is always possible to at least have compassion.

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  32. This is a wonderful set of quotes, thank you so much.

    Sleep is the best meditation makes a lot of sense, since it is lack of sleep that most often leads to imbalance with so many of us.

    And I've learned to embrace the idea that not getting what you want can be a stroke of luck, because you often end up with what you need.

    Happy Thursday,

    ~X

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  33. I love the Dalai Lama. He is a very wise man!

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  34. why can't EVERYONE adopt his philosophy?! this would be a much better world, no?
    awesome, outstanding tt!
    thanks for sharing it!

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  35. Very wise, very true. I wish more people lived by his words.

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  36. I believe that this one is so true for anyone "We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace within ourselves". Happy TT

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  37. I got exactly what I wanted with this list, and I still feel lucky!

    Very inspirational stuff. Kinda like a checklist to make sure I am still on track.

    Thank you.

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  38. Thank you for gathering and posting these quotes. Compassion and kindness ... imagine if!

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  39. What a wonderful list! Thanks so much for sharing. You know from my some of MY previous T-13s how much I love quotes, and the Dalai Lama’s words are always inspiring.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  40. Words to live by for sure.

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  41. Buddhism is a great religion.

    Happy TT! :)

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  42. I just did a recent TT on His Holiness too -- mostly about his history. This was great tho -- what a truly remarkable man!
    Happy TT!

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  43. I love His Holiness. He's coming to Ann Arbor in April and I am going to see him speak!!

    Great TT subject!

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  44. "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." That one goes hand in hand with "Do unto others...."

    Is sleep still good meditation if you have horrible nightmares. (I've had a lot of those lately.)

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  45. Wow, it's amazing someone this smart lives among us!! Happy TT!

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  46. Such a wonderful man. Thank you for sharing those.

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  47. Those are wonderful. "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." My grandmother told me that and it is the secret of my generally happy life. I also like the one about the luck there is in not always getting what we want.

    Mine:

    T13 #12 |  Pictures from the (Virtual) Earth:  Thirteen Landscapes

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  48. I got to see him a couple of years ago in Denver. He really is a holy man, you could feel it!

    I played this week, too! http://jenanddavin.blogspot.com/

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  49. #3 is so true. This has happened to me many times - it forces you to stop and think about what you REALLY want. Great list!

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  50. This was a very inteseresting post with some very wise words from a wise man.

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  51. Wonderful quotes by a most wonderful person. Thank you for posting them.

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  52. Loved the quote, "My religion is kindness..." if only more people would get that.

    Happy TT, my post today is not as deep: Love Questions Meme

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  53. At the moment you were writing you're TT, I was watching Kundun, on the Belgium network. When H.H. arrived in India, his first words he spoke to the frontieer guard was:
    (Guard) Who are you?
    (H.H.)I'm like the reflection of the moon on the water, and whem I see you, I see a gentle human being)....

    I liek the reflection he makes to the guard. By not judging other peoploe, you yourselve will not be judged....

    Wonder

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  54. You keep surprising me with your topics for a TT list. Love this one!

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  55. I love this. When I first made a list of things to do before I die -- See the Dalai Lama in person was on it. The very next week I found out he was giving a lecture nearby, so I went. I was so inspired by him, his peacefulness, his face. Thanks for reminding me of that.

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