Dalai Lama Quotes

The title Dalai Lama is an honorific used by the Tibetan community to refer to the most prominent spiritual leader of the Gelug or “Yellow Hat” school of Tibetan Buddhism, which is the most recent and influential among the four major Tibetan Buddhist schools. The current and 14th Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso, who currently resides in India as a refugee. Wikipedia

“Sleep is the best meditation.” ~ Dalai Lama

“We need to learn to want what we have, not to have what we want, in order to get stable and steady happiness.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.” ~ Dalai Lama

“I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.” ~ Dalai Lama

“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Silence is sometimes the best answer” ~ Dalai Lama

“Many of our problems stem from attitudes like putting ourselves first at all costs. ” ~ Dalai Lama

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

“A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.” ~ Dalai Lama

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” ~ Dalai Lama

“People must first accomplish internal disarmament before aiming aiming for external disarmament” ~ Dalai Lama

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

“Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.” ~ Dalai Lama

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

“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind” ~ Dalai Lama

“Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Anger or hatred is like a fisherman’s hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” ~ Dalai Lama

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

“We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Help others, and if you can’t help them at least don’t hurt them.” ~ Dalai Lama

“If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others.” ~ Dalai Lama

“I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness. ~ Dalai Lama

“Our ancient experience confirms at every point that everything is linked together, everything is inseparable.” ~ Dalai Lama

“The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Be happy to change your goals, but never change your values” ~ Dalai Lama

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Someone else’s action should not determine your response.” ~ Dalai Lama

“True change is within; leave the outside as it is.” ~ Dalai Lama

“No matter how educated or wealthy you are, if you don’t have peace of mind, you won’t be happy.” ~ Dalai Lama

“It is necessary to help others not in our prayers but in our daily lives.” ~ Dalai Lama

“When the heart is closed it leads to fear, stress and anger. Nurturing the idea of the oneness of humanity has the effect of opening the heart.” ~ Dalai Lama

“To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility…without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.” ~ Dalai Lama

“The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Instead of wondering WHY this is happening to you, consider why this is happening to YOU.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Love and compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.” ~ Dalai Lama

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” ~ Dalai Lama

“If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” ~ Dalai Lama

“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

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.” ~ Dalai Lama

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

“The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Compassion naturally creates a positive atmosphere, and as a result you feel peaceful and content.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” ~ Dalai Lama

“To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.” ~ 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

“Love is the absence of judgment.” ~ Dalai Lama

“The world doesn’t belong to leaders. The world belongs to all humanity.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” ~ Dalai Lama

“A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man´s wisdom even if he associates with a sage.” ~ Dalai Lama

“We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness” ~ Dalai Lama

“There are always problems to face, but it makes a difference if our minds are calm.” ~ Dalai Lama

“The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Real change in the world will only come from a change of heart.” ~ Dalai Lama

“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” ~ Dalai Lama

“An eye for an eye….we are all blind” ~ Dalai Lama

“Climate change is not the concern of just one or two nations. It is an issue that affects the whole of humanity and every living being on this earth.” ~ 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

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

“Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.” ~ Dalai Lama

“In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.” ~ Dalai Lama

“When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.” ~ Dalai Lama

“When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” ~ Dalai Lama

“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.” ~ Dalai Lama

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road does not mean they are lost.” ~ Dalai Lama

“I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness. It is the practice of compassion” ~ Dalai Lama

“An open heart is an open mind.” ~ Dalai Lama

“If a problem can be solved it will be. If it can not be solved there is no use worrying about it.” ~ Dalai Lama

“I find hope in the darkest days, and focus in the brightest.” ~ Dalai Lama

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

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

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~ Dalai Lama

“If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Our visit to this planet is short, so we should use our time meaningfully, which we can do by helping others wherever possible.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.” ~ Dalai Lama

“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” ~ The Dalai Lama

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

“Open-minded people tend to be interested in Buddhism because Buddha urged people to investigate things – he didn’t just command them to believe.” ~ Dalai Lama

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

“The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness” ~ Dalai Lama

“If the child is not held, hugged, cuddled, or loved, its development will be impaired and its brain will not mature properly.” ~ Dalai Lama

“It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.” ~ Dalai Lama

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

“Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations, you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.” ~ Dalai Lama

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

“It is necessary to help others not in our prayers but in our daily lives.” ~ Dalai Lama

“I always believe the rule by king or official leader is outdated. Now we must catch up with the modern world.” ~ Dalai Lama

“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.” ~ Dalai Lama

“The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” ~ Dalai Lama

“All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction” ~ Dalai Lama

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

“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” ~ Dalai Lama

“The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” ~ Dalai Lama

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Dissatisfaction is the seed of anger.” ~ Dalai Lama

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