- Every single being, even those who are hostile to us, is just as afraid of suffering as we are, and seeks happiness in the same way we do. Every person has the same right as we do to be happy and not to suffer. So let’s take care of others wholeheartedly, of both our friends and our enemies. This is the basis for true compassion.
- Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
- What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
- When we develop patience, we find that we develop a reserve of calm and tranquility. We tend to be less antagonistic and more pleasant to associate with. This creates a positive atmosphere around us and it is easy for others to relate to us.
- A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities.
- When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
- The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.
- When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on.
- I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
- “This world will be peaceful only when you find inner peace, love and forgiveness through meditation.”
- 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.
- If we ourselves remain angry and then sing world peace, it has little meaning. First, our individual self must learn peace. This we can practice. Then we can teach the rest of the world.
- The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self. Dalai Lama
- Anger and aggression sometimes seem to be protective because they bring energy to bear on a particular situation, but what needs to be acknowledged is that that energy is blind. It takes a calm mind to be able to consider things from different angles and points of view.
- In order to lead a meaningful life, you need to cherish others, pay attention to human values and try to cultivate inner peace.
- A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.
- Just as we employ physical hygiene to protect our health, we need emotional hygiene, the means to tackle our destructive emotions, if we are to achieve peace of mind.
- “When I use the word “spiritual,” I don’t necessarily mean religious faith. It is quite obvious that there are two levels of spirituality—spirituality with religious faith and that without. Obviously, an individual can manage to lead a meaningful life without religious faith, but you can’t be a happy person without the spirituality of basic human values. As long as we remain human, there is no way that we can neglect this.”
Dalai Lama XIV,
Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment
- 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.
- Human beings are social animals and that it is love that brings us together, while anger drives us apart.
- “Meditation is music of the mind that lets every cell fall asleep with refreshing joy.”
- 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.
- When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just our individual selves or some immediate convenience. When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions of the past, we gain strength to constructively solve the problems of the present.
- “War can condition a person to be resilient, tolerant, dependable, strong, and capable of so much more than one who had experienced nothing of it; it can bring out the very best in us, but also the very worst. Where is it, I ask, the proper conduit through which a soldier should be raised from whence they would become an upstanding citizen of the world, instead of a single country?”
- “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.”
- As individuals we can influence our own families. Our families can influence our communities and our communities can influence our nations. Dalai Lama
- The remedy is to look deeper and recognize that we human beings are physically, mentally and emotionally the same.
- In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.
- To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle. Dalai Lama
- Part 4. So, if you think only of yourself, only your own happiness, the result is actually less happiness. You get more anxiety, more fear.