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Dalai Lama Quotes

Updated on September 13, 2014

Welcome to Dalai Lama Quotes

Tenzin Gyatso is The Fourteenth Dalai Lama. He became so in 1950. He currently is in exile and lives in Dharamsala. View this great selection of over 30 inspiring Dalai Lama quotes on topics of happiness, love, peace and compassion.

Facts About the Dalai Lama

  • The current Dalai Lama's name is Tenzin Gyatso. He is the 14th Dalai Lama.
  • He was born on July 6, 1935. At the age of 2, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. His mission in this life is to serve humanity.
  • The Dalai Lama is the head of state and spiritual leader of Tibet.
  • The main teachings of the Dalai Lama are about love and compassion.
  • He was forced into exile in 1959 after the brutal suppression of the Tibetan national uprising by Chinese troops. He currently lives in Dharamsala, northern India.
  • In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violence efforts to liberate Tibet

    Read the Dalai Lama's Nobel Lecture.

  • For more information on the Dalai Lama such as biography, history, timelines, messages, speaches, teachings and webcasts, visit DalaiLama.com

Dalai Lama Quotes On Kindness

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 Quotes On Kindness

Love and kindness are the very basis of society. If we lose these feelings,society will face tremendous difficulties; the survival of humanity will be endangered.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Kindness

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Kindness

Dalai Lama Quotes On Happiness

"One great question underlies our experience, whether we think about it or not: what is the purpose of life? From the moment of birth every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affects this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Happiness

One of the characteristics of karmic theory is that there is a definite, commensurate relationship between cause and effect. There is no way that negative actions or unwholesome deeds can result in joy and happiness. Joy and happiness, by definition, are the results or fruits of wholesome actions. So from that point of view, it is possible for us to admire not so much the immediate action, but the real causes of joy.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Happiness

I think that every human being has an innate sense of "I". We cannot explain why that feeling is there, but it is. Along with it comes a desire for happiness and a wish to overcome suffering. This is quite justified: we have a natural right to achieve as much happiness as possible, and we also have the right to overcome suffering.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Happiness

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 Quotes On Happiness

Dalai Lama Quotes On Rebirth

We are born and reborn countless number of times, and it is possible that each being has been our parent at one time or another. Therefore, it is likely that all beings in this universe have familial connections.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Rebirth

Dalai Lama Quotation On Love

If there is love, there is hope to have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace. If the love within your mind is lost, if you continue to see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much nowledge or education you have, no matter how much material progress is made, only suffering and confusion will ensue.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Love

Human beings will continue to deceive and overpower one another. Basically, everyone exists in the very nature of suffering, so to abuse or mistreat each other is futile. The foundation of all spiritual practice is love. That you practice this well is my only request.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Love

One can overcome the forces of negative emotions, like anger and hatred, by cultivating their counterforces,like love and compassion.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Love

Dalai Lama Quotes on Compassion

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

~Dalai Lama Quotes on Compassion

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 Quotes on Compassion

Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of humanity and the human family regardless of differences in religion, culture, color and creed.Deep down there is no difference.

~Dalai Lama Quotes on Compassion

Dalai Lama Quotes on Purpose

Whether we are rich or poor, educated or uneducated, whatever our nationality, color, social status, or ideology may be, the purpose of our lives is to be happy.

~Dalai Lama Quotes on Purpose

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 Quotes on Purpose

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 Quotes on Purpose

Dalai Lama Quotes on Peace

We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don't make peace with ourselves. World peace must develop out of inner peace.

~Dalai Lama Quotes on Peace

Just as we should cultivate more gentle and peaceful relations with our fellow human beings, we should also extend that same kind of attitude towards the natural environment. Morally speaking, we should be concerned for our whole environment.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Peace

Peace starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Peace

Dalai Lama Quotes On Suffering

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Suffering

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 also there is no need to worry.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Suffering

Encountering sufferings will definitely contribute to the elevation of your spiritual practice, provided you are able to transform calamity and misfortune into the path.

~Dalai Lama Quotes On Suffering

Dalai Lama Quotes on The Environment

As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility towards others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.

~Dalai Lama Quotes on The Environment

Peace and the survival of life on earth as we know it are threatened by human activities that lack a commitment to humanitarian values. Destruction of nature and natural resources results from ignorance, greed and lack of respect for the earth´s living things.

~Dalai Lama Quotes on The Environment

Just as we should cultivate gentle and peaceful relations with our fellow human beings, we should also extend that same kind of attitude towards the natural environment. Morally speaking, we should be concerned for our whole environment.

~Dalai Lama Quotes on The Environment

Dalai Lama Quotes On Friendship

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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May I become at all times,
Both now and for ever,
A protector for the helpless,
A guide for the lost ones,
A ship for those to cross oceans,
And a bridge to cross rivers,
A sanctuary for those in danger,
A lamp for those in darkness,
A refuge for those who need shelter,
A servant to all in need.

~Dalai Lama

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Insight from the Dalai Lama: 2010 Day-to-Day Calendar
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