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Quote: If at the beginning and end of our lives we depend upon the kindness of others, why in the middle of our lives should we not act kindly toward them? It is the pragmatic choice. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

If at the beginning and end of our lives we depend upon the kindness of others, why in the middle of our lives should we not act kindly toward them? It is the pragmatic choice.


Quote: Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.


Quote: Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.


Quote: It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.


Quote: Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well.


Quote: Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.


Quote: In this century we have made remarkable material progress, but basically we are the same as we were thousands of years ago. Our spiritual needs are still very great. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

In this century we have made remarkable material progress, but basically we are the same as we were thousands of years ago. Our spiritual needs are still very great.






Quote: If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.


Quote: An open heart is an open mind. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

An open heart is an open mind.


Quote: Compassion is the radicalism of our time. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Compassion is the radicalism of our time.


Quote: If a problem can be solved it will be. If it can not be solved there is no use worrying about it. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

If a problem can be solved it will be. If it can not be solved there is no use worrying about it.






Quote: If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.


Quote: To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in somebody else. Rather than speaking badly about people and in ways that will produce friction and unrest in their lives, we should practice a purer perception of them, and when we speak of others, speak of their good qualities.


Quote: The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.


Quote: As individuals we can influence our own families. Our families can influence our communities and our communities can influence our nations. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

As individuals we can influence our own families. Our families can influence our communities and our communities can influence our nations.


Quote: Anger and hatred are signs of weakness, while compassion is a sure sign of strength. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Anger and hatred are signs of weakness, while compassion is a sure sign of strength.


Quote: True change is within; leave the outside as it is. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

True change is within; leave the outside as it is.


Quote: The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.


Quote: Giving in to anger, fear and suspicion disturbs our minds and our physical well-being, whereas trust and friendship are the basis of society. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Giving in to anger, fear and suspicion disturbs our minds and our physical well-being, whereas trust and friendship are the basis of society.


Quote: Fear, hatred, and suspicion narrow your mind -- compassion opens it. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Fear, hatred, and suspicion narrow your mind -- compassion opens it.


Quote: Once a year go somewhere you have never been before. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.


Quote: Afflictive emotions -- our jealousy, anger, hatred, fear -- can be put to an end. When you realize that these emotions are only temporary, that they always pass on like clouds in the sky, you also realize they can ultimately be abandoned. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Afflictive emotions -- our jealousy, anger, hatred, fear -- can be put to an end. When you realize that these emotions are only temporary, that they always pass on like clouds in the sky, you also realize they can ultimately be abandoned.


Quote: I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.


Quote: There is a saying in Tibetan, Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

There is a saying in Tibetan, Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.


Quote: From adversity we can learn the value of patience. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

From adversity we can learn the value of patience.




Quote: Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.


Quote: A source of trouble is our unruly minds. We can counter that by developing a warm heart. We need to effect an inner transformation, to understand that love and affection are a real source of joy. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

A source of trouble is our unruly minds. We can counter that by developing a warm heart. We need to effect an inner transformation, to understand that love and affection are a real source of joy.


Quote: The Dalai Lama is just a temporal leader of Tibet. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

The Dalai Lama is just a temporal leader of Tibet.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: I became the Dalai Lama not on a volunteer basis. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

I became the Dalai Lama not on a volunteer basis.


Quote: Some mischievous people always there. Last several thousand years, always there. In future, also. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Some mischievous people always there. Last several thousand years, always there. In future, also.


Quote: I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: I think governments can't do much. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

I think governments can't do much.


Quote: World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.


Quote: 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.' by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.'


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: I feel exhausted if I teach too long. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

I feel exhausted if I teach too long.


Quote: I think there's every reason this 21st century will be much happier. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

I think there's every reason this 21st century will be much happier.


Quote: In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: Even when we have physical hardships, we can be very happy. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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


Quote: I think really, China, Chinese, I think they really have a long history of civilization, rich culture. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

I think really, China, Chinese, I think they really have a long history of civilization, rich culture.


Quote: I am just one human being. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

I am just one human being.


Quote: Today different ethnic groups and different nations come together due to common sense. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Today different ethnic groups and different nations come together due to common sense.


Quote: The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.


Quote: Conversion is not my intention. Changing religion is not easy. You may develop some kind of confusion or difficulties. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Conversion is not my intention. Changing religion is not easy. You may develop some kind of confusion or difficulties.


Quote: My aim is to create a happy society with genuine friendship. Friendship between Tibetan and Chinese peoples is very essential. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: In most cases, my visits to the West are for promotion of human values and religious harmony. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

In most cases, my visits to the West are for promotion of human values and religious harmony.


Quote: Sleep is the best meditation. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Sleep is the best meditation.


Quote: 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. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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.


Quote: With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.


Quote: My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.


Quote: All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment. So merely changing formal religious affiliations will often not help much. On the other hand, in pluralistic, democratic societies, there is the freedom to adopt the religion of your choice. This is good. This lets curious people like you run around on the loose!


Quote: Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.


Quote: We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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


Quote: Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

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


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