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Dalai Lama (UK: , US: ; Tibetan: ཏཱ་ལའི་བླ་མ་, Wylie: Tā la'i bla ma [táːlɛː láma]) is a title given by the Tibetan people to the foremost spiritual leader of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the classical schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

The 14th and current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso, who lives as a refugee in India. The Dalai Lama is also considered to be the successor in a line of tulkus who are believed to be incarnations of Avalokiteśvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

Since the time of the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century, his personage has always been a symbol of unification of the state of Tibet, where he has represented Buddhist values and traditions. The Dalai Lama was an important figure of the Geluk tradition, which was politically and numerically dominant in Central Tibet, but his religious authority went beyond sectarian boundaries. While he had no formal or institutional role in any of the religious traditions, which were headed by their own high lamas, he was a unifying symbol of the Tibetan state, representing Buddhist values and traditions above any specific school.

The traditional function of the Dalai Lama as an ecumenical figure, holding together disparate religious and regional groups, has been taken up by the present fourteenth Dalai Lama. He has worked to overcome sectarian and other divisions in the exiled community and has become a symbol of Tibetan nationhood for Tibetans both in Tibet and in exile.

From 1642 until 1705 and from 1750 to the 1950s, the Dalai Lamas or their regents headed the Tibetan government (or Ganden Phodrang) in Lhasa which governed all or most of the Tibetan Plateau with varying degrees of autonomy under the Qing dynasty of China, in which Tibet had been under non-Tibetan suzerainty, and a period of disputed "de facto independence" between 1913 and 1951. This Tibetan government also enjoyed the patronage and protection of firstly Mongol kings of the Khoshut and Dzungar Khanates (1642–1720) and then of the emperors of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty (1720–1912).

In 1913, several Tibetan representatives including Agvan Dorzhiev signed a treaty between Tibet and Mongolia, proclaiming mutual recognition and their independence from China, however the legitimacy of the treaty and declared independence of Tibet was rejected by both the Republic of China and the current People's Republic of China. The Dalai Lamas headed the Tibetan government afterwards despite that, until 1951.

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

--Dalai Lama

Someone else's action should not determine your response.

--Dalai Lama

Without changing one's self, without peace in one's self, world peace is not possible.

--Dalai Lama

The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.

--Dalai Lama

Altruism is the best source of happiness. There is no doubt about that.

--Dalai Lama

If you harbor hatred or ill feelings toward a person, the feeling does not hurt the enemy. It only harms your own peace of mind and eventually your own health.

--Dalai Lama

Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles.

--Dalai Lama

Remember that sometimes, not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.

--Dalai Lama

Meet hostility and suspicion with kindness. Helping others out of love is always the best option.

--Dalai Lama

Fundamentally, the basis on which you can build a sense of caring for others is the capacity to love yourself.

--Dalai Lama

Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital.

--Dalai Lama

The basic condition of human life is happiness.

--Dalai Lama

An enemy is indeed a precious teacher.

--Dalai Lama

Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventures, and for hides and furs is a phenomenon which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging in such acts of brutality.

--Dalai Lama

How we fare in any given situation depends on the conduct of our body, speech, and mind. Since mind is the chief, a disciplined mind is essential.

--Dalai Lama

We live very close together. So, our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

--Dalai Lama

Developing concern for others, thinking of them as part of us, brings self-confidence, reduces our sense of suspicion and mistrust, and enables us to develop a calm mind.

--Dalai Lama

If we are in a good mood when we get up in the morning, if there is a warm-hearted feeling within, automatically our inner door is opened for that day.

--Dalai Lama

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.

--Dalai Lama

If your mind is scattered, it is quite powerless.

--Dalai Lama

A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.

--Dalai Lama

The only way to fail is to quit.

--Dalai Lama

To a large extent, whether you suffer depends on how you respond to a given situation.

--Dalai Lama

The 20th century was the century of war and blood. The 21st century is the century of dialogue.

--Dalai Lama

Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.

--Dalai Lama

I think the person who has had more experience of hardships can stand more firmly in the face of problems than the person who has never experienced suffering. From this angle then, some suffering can be a good lesson for life.

--Dalai Lama

The most important benefit of patience consists in the way it acts as a powerful antidote to the affliction of anger.

--Dalai Lama

The antidote to hatred in the heart, the source of violence, is tolerance.

--Dalai Lama

Computers make me totally blank out.

--Dalai Lama

Happiness is a state of mind. With physical comforts if your mind is still in a state of confusion and agitation, it is not happiness. Happiness means calmness of mind.

--Dalai Lama

Everybody loves to talk about calmness and peace, whether in a family, national, or international context, but without inner peace how can we make real peace? World peace through hatred and force is impossible.

--Dalai Lama

Don't use Buddhism to become a Buddhist. Use Buddhism to become better at whatever else in your life you are doing already.

--Dalai Lama

A balanced and skillful approach to life, taking care to avoid extremes, becomes a very important factor in conducting one's everyday existence.

--Dalai Lama

As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.

--Dalai Lama

As far as mental development is concerned, we should never be complacent. We can develop our minds infinitely -- there is no limitation.

--Dalai Lama

Constructiveness is the human way.

--Dalai Lama

The world has also learned that economic growth, by itself, cannot close the gap between rich and poor.

--Dalai Lama

Contemplating the suffering which is unbearable to us, and is unbearable to others, too, can produce awake mind, which arises from the compassion that wishes to free all living beings from suffering.

--Dalai Lama

Inner disarmament, external disarmament; these must go together, you see. Peace is not just mere absence of violence -- genuine peace must start in each individual heart.

--Dalai Lama

We have global communication and yet confrontation is more common than dialogue.

--Dalai Lama

Try to improve. Don't expect too much, but don't feel discouraged either; keep up your enthusiasm; you will make progress.

--Dalai Lama

It seems that for some people the idea of compassion entails a complete disregard for or even a sacrifice of their own interests. This is not the case. In fact, you first of all have to have a wish to be happy yourself -- if you don't love yourself like that, how can you love others?

--Dalai Lama

We must conduct research and then accept the results. If they don't stand up to experimentation, Buddha's own words must be rejected.

--Dalai Lama

Limitless like the ocean are your excellent qualities.

--Dalai Lama

If I had not been a monk, I would have become an engineer.

--Dalai Lama

Since form is emptiness and emptiness is form, then instead of a hand grasping at nothing, it is better to grasp at someone's nose because this is closer to reality.

--Dalai Lama

Genuine harmony must come from the heart. It cannot come from the barrel of a gun.

--Dalai Lama

The real test of compassion is not what we say in abstract discussions but how we conduct ourselves in daily life.

--Dalai Lama

Unlike physical progress, which is subject to natural restrictions, the qualities of the mind can be developed limitlessly.

--Dalai Lama

Many of the earth's habitats, animals, plants, insects and even micro-organisms that we know to be rare may not be known at all by future generations. We have the capability and the responsibility to act; we must do so before it is too late.

--Dalai Lama

Individuality is very important for a full human life.

--Dalai Lama

Provided that societies stay mindful of the challenges that capitalism creates and never forget the paramount importance of inclusion and equal opportunity, we can and should celebrate the miracle of free enterprise-and the billions of souls it has helped free from desperate poverty.

--Dalai Lama

Too strong a media emphasis on death and violence can lead to despair.

--Dalai Lama

I do not judge the universe.

--Dalai Lama

The highest happiness is when one reaches the stage of liberation, at which there is no more suffering.

--Dalai Lama

The person who received maximum affection from mother, that person also sort of cultivated the potential showing affection to others.

--Dalai Lama

When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just our individual selves.

--Dalai Lama

When ever Buddhism has taken root in a new land, there has been a certain variation in the style in which it is observed. The Buddha himself taught differently according to the place, the occasion and the situation of those who were listening to him.

--Dalai Lama

The source of peace is within us; so also the source of war. And the real enemy is within us, and not outside. The source of war is not the existence of nuclear weapons or other arms. It is the minds of human beings who decide to push the button and to use those arms out of hatred, anger or greed.

--Dalai Lama

If you focus only on yourself and neglect others, you will lose; but you will gain if you value others as much as you cherish yourself.

--Dalai Lama


According to Buddhist psychology most of our troubles stem from attachment to things that we mistakenly see as permanent.

--Dalai Lama

When a person is in a miserable situation, then, yes, it is difficult to develop genuine compassion toward others. That's why I find it difficult to say to poor people, Please have compassion toward millionaires. That's not easy.

--Dalai Lama

Happiness doesn't always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.

--Dalai Lama

Without freedom, creativity cannot flourish. The right to freedom is crucial to progress in any society; and the context is having a sense of global responsibility.

--Dalai Lama

If we want to save the world, we must have a plan. But no plan will work unless we meditate.

--Dalai Lama

The only clear thing is that we humans are the only species with the power to destroy the earth as we know it. The birds have no such power, nor do the insects, nor does any mammal. Yet if we have the capacity to destroy the earth, so, too, do we have the capacity to protect it.

--Dalai Lama

Affection is important because it counters anger, hatred and suspicion that can prevent our minds from functioning clearly.

--Dalai Lama

I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend with dignity, with honor.

--Dalai Lama

Spiritually, yes, now many people knows Tibetans in spiritual field are very, very advanced but in material field is very, very backward.

--Dalai Lama

I think many people knows what I am thinking. The whole world knows I am not seeking independence, therefore is many Tibetan disappointed, and also some of our supporters -- many Indians, many Europeans, many Americans are also disappointed because I am not seeking independence.

--Dalai Lama

I make small mistakes every day. But major mistakes? It doesn't seem so. I've examined my service to the Tibetan people and to humanity, and I've done as much as I can in my life.

--Dalai Lama

Many Tibetans sacrifice their lives.

--Dalai Lama

I'm a Tibetan monk, not a vegetarian.

--Dalai Lama

The fact that there is always a positive side to life is the one thing that gives me a lot of happiness. This world is not perfect. There are problems. But things like happiness and unhappiness are relative. Realizing this gives you hope.

--Dalai Lama

I always tell my Western friends that it is best to keep your own tradition. Changing religion is not easy and sometimes causes confusion. You must value your tradition and honor your own religion.

--Dalai Lama

It is felt that a disciplined mind leads to happiness and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering, and in fact it is said that bringing about discipline within one's mind is the essence of the Buddha's teaching.

--Dalai Lama

Indulgence in resentment and vengeance will only further increase miseries to oneself and others in this life and in lives to come.

--Dalai Lama

In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.

--Dalai Lama

Do not think only of your own joy, but vow to save all beings from suffering. This is sharing in its highest form and purity beyond all poisons of this world.

--Dalai Lama

When you encounter some problems, if you point your finger at yourself and not at others, this gives you control over yourself and calmness in a situation, where otherwise self-control becomes problematic.

--Dalai Lama

Certain beliefs must accompany every action: One should act without selfishness, cultivate compassion for all living things, and develop respect for others.

--Dalai Lama

A zero itself is nothing, but without a zero you cannot count anything; therefore, a zero is something, yet zero.

--Dalai Lama

May I examine my mind in all actions and as soon as a negative state occurs, since it endangers myself and others, may I firmly face and avert it.

--Dalai Lama

There are five billion human beings and in a certain way I think we need five billion different religions.

--Dalai Lama

Longer Version:

There are five billion human beings and in a certain way I think we need five billion different religions, because there is such a large variety of dispositions. I believe that each individual should embark upon a spiritual path that is best suited to his or her mental disposition, natural inclination, temperament, belief, family and cultural background.


Different religions meet the needs of different people.

--Dalai Lama

Buddhism strongly discourages blind faith and fanaticism.

--Dalai Lama

We can hardly call a beggar an obstacle to generosity.

--Dalai Lama

To me there is no difference whether president, beggar, or king.

--Dalai Lama

Chinese people themselves, they really want change.

--Dalai Lama

True friends share genuine closeness and remain friends irrespective of fluctuating fortunes.

--Dalai Lama

Therefore we have to make effort through well through every corner, media people, education sort of institution, and family, parents, everywhere. It is our common goal, common interest promote more compassion toward the world.

--Dalai Lama

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