Dalai Lama Quotes and Sayings

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14th Dalai Lama

  • Full name: Lhamo Thondup
  • Born: July 6, 1935 in Taktser, China
  • Residence: India, McLeod Ganj
  • Books: The art of happiness (1998), The Book of Joy (2016), Freedom in Exile (1990), Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World (2011), Ancient Wisdom, Modern World (1999)

Q: What religion is the Dalai Lama?
A: Tibetan Buddhism
Q: What the Dalai Lama said about humanity?
A: Man! Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

Dalai Lama quotes about compassion

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If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~Dalai Lama


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


Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~Dalai Lama


More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other’s well-being, is source of happiness. ~Dalai Lama


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


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. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama


I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion. ~Dalai Lama


Dalai Lama quotes about friendship


My aim is to create a happy society with genuine friendship. Friendship between Tibetan and Chinese peoples is very essential. ~Dalai Lama


A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of some hidden treasure. ~Dalai Lama

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Friendship depends on trust, not money, not power, not mere education or knowledge. Only if there is trust will there be friendship. ~Dalai Lama


Even an animal, if you show genuine affection, gradually trust develops… If you always showing bad face and beating, how can you develop friendship? ~Dalai Lama


We need friends and friendship is based on trust. To earn trust, money and power aren’t enough; you have to show some concern for others. You can’t buy trust in the supermarket. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama

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Dalai Lama quotes about worry, fear, angry


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. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama

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Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something’s wrong. He’s not right in the brain. ~Dalai Lama


Dalai Lama quotes on death

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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. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama quotes on peace

World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion. ~Dalai Lama

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Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. ~Dalai Lama


When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. ~Dalai Lama


When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on. ~Dalai Lama


The creation of a more peaceful and happier society has to begin from the level of the individual, and from there it can expand to one’s family, to one’s neighborhood, to one’s community and so on. ~Dalai Lama


We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. ~Dalai Lama


Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways. ~Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama quotes about education, knowledge, learning


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. ~Dalai Lama

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Ultimately we have to change attitudes, not by law but by education. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama


When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama


Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama

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Dalai Lama quotes about meditation


We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. ~Dalai Lama


Sleep is the best meditation. ~Dalai Lama


There are techniques of Buddhism, such as meditation, that anyone can adopt. ~Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama quotes about happiness


Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama


More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other’s well-being, is source of happiness. ~Dalai Lama


We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily. ~Dalai Lama


Number of people have said to me, after hearing your thinking, their mind becomes much more happier. ~Dalai Lama


I think there’s every reason this 21st century will be much happier. ~Dalai Lama


The purpose of our lives is to be happy. ~Dalai Lama


Even when we have physical hardships, we can be very happy. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama

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Dalai Lama quotes about love


The need for love lies at the very foundation of human existence. ~Dalai Lama


If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others. ~Dalai Lama


A heart full of love and compassion is the main source of inner strength, willpower, happiness, and mental tranquility. ~Dalai Lama

More inspirational Dalai Lama quotes


Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~Dalai Lama


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


In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. ~Dalai Lama


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. ~Dalai Lama


My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. ~Dalai Lama


I am a simple Buddhist monk – no more, no less. ~Dalai Lama


The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk. ~Dalai Lama


I am just one human being. ~Dalai Lama


My faith helps me overcome such negative emotions and find my equilibrium. ~Dalai Lama


Home is where you feel at home and are treated well. ~Dalai Lama


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