His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama (Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso) was born on 6 July 1935 at Taktser village in the Republic of China. Appointed at the age of two and formally recognized at the age of 15. Now known as “The Man Of Peace.” A great advocate of nonviolence and world peace.
1. Sometimes things go wrong; that’s normal. But we have a saying in Tibetan, ‘Nine times fail, nine times try again’.
2. The quality of our actions, whether they are positive or negative, depends on our motivation. This is why we have to transform our minds.
3. Pay more attention to compassion and you’ll find you’re happier. It’s that practical and simple.
4. Having a compassionate attitude is the ultimate basis for living a happy life.
5. Forgiveness is how we put a stop to anger, ill-will and a desire for revenge.
6. My number one commitment is to extend awareness that peace of mind depends on our cultivating inner values.
7. A meaningful life isn’t about acquiring money and other facilities; it’s about dedicating your life to helping others as much as you can.
8. You can’t help someone just by making a wish to do so, you have to take action.
9. It is possible to use our intelligence and extend our compassion to others, including even our enemies.
10. Blessings don’t come from outside, but from within. Whatever blessings we receive are the result of our own efforts and positive actions.
11. Fundamentally, all spiritual traditions help us train our minds, overcome our negativities and fulfill our inner potential.
12. The future is in your hands, but for it to be peaceful and happy requires a sense of compassion and concern for others’ well-being.
13. The moment you think of others, your mind widens.
14. Kindness and compassion give rise to self-confidence, which in turn empowers us to be honest, truthful and transparent.
15. Tolerance is always important, it helps us overcome difficulties. Without it, small things irritate us and we overreact.
16. To meet this century’s challenges, human beings need a greater sense of universal responsibility.
17. It’s not just money we need to lead a happy life; more important is to find inner peace.
18. If you dedicate yourself to helping others, you’ll be happier.
19. If you want change, create the causes.
20. Determination, courage, self-confidence lead to success, but we should always remain humble, modest and unpretentious.
21. If you develop care and concern for others, you’ll develop a kind of inner strength in spite of your own difficulties and problems.
22. We all have the potential to develop unbiased love and concern for other human beings.
23. Doing to harm to others may bring some temporary satisfaction, but being helpful to them is the only real source of lasting joy.
24. When we wake up we can remind ourselves – “I need to be happy, I need to have warm feelings towards others.”
25. Common sense tells us we‘ll be happy even if we’re poor if we’re warm-hearted, whereas if we’re wealthy but self-centred we’ll be miserable
26. Compassion reduces our fear, boosts our confidence, and opens us to inner strength.
27. Our potential for positive and negative emotions is the same, but intelligence is our special quality. Use it well; be successful and happy.
28. If you make others happy, you’ll be happy. If you make others unhappy, you’ll be miserable.
29. Anger destroys our peace of mind and causes trouble. It also hampers our ability to function properly.
30. We all want to be happy and avoid suffering, and we all have a right to be happy. That’s why I say we are all the same.
31. Without technology humanity has no future, but we have to be careful that we don’t become so mechanised that we lose our human feelings.
32. If tragedy strikes, don’t lose hope. Transform it into an opportunity to make things better.
33. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to base all our hopes for happiness on external development alone.
34. It’s important is to show children affection to give them a sense of security and the ability to be affectionate for the rest of their lives
35. True compassion isn’t just an emotional response, it’s a firm commitment founded on reason, which doesn’t change if others behave badly.
36. You can’t buy inner peace or wisdom with money. You have to create them within yourself.
37. I often tease young people about their concern for how they look; more important is inner beauty – compassion, affection and respect.
38. I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.
39. Ask yourselves now and then, “How can I contribute to human beings being happier and more at peace?”
40. We cannot change the past, but we can reshape the future. Young people have the opportunity to create a happier, better future
41. Physical comfort alone does not bring inner peace. We create inner peace within the mind.
42. Whether technology’s effect is good or bad depends on the user. It’s important that we shouldn’t be slaves to technology; it should help us.
43. Creating a better world will require will-power, vision and determination. And for that we need a strong sense that humanity is one family.
44. Open hearts encourage a sense of security and trust that is the basis of genuine friendship, which is to everyone’s benefit.
45. We have to make a special effort to think of each other as fellow human beings, as our brothers and sisters.
46. Many think that happiness is to be found outside ourselves in material things, but actually happiness is something that comes from within.
47. As human beings we are all responsible for each other; we all have the potential to be kind and affectionate.
48. True friendship develops not as a result of money or power but on the basis of genuine human affection.
49. The power of truth never declines. Force and violence may be effective in the short term, but in the long run it’s truth that prevails.
50. We need friendship, which depends on trust. And that depends on concern for others, defending their rights, and not doing them harm.
51. Being aware of a single shortcoming within yourself is far more useful than being aware of a thousand in someone else.
52. Compassion indicates strength, while anger is a sign of weakness and forgiveness is about not giving in to anger or thoughts of revenge.
53. I’m optimistic that there is a growing appetite for peace in the world. Many young people are fed up with war and violence.
54. Because society is the basis of our own happiness, it makes sense for us to take care of others.
55. The distinction between violence and non-violence lies less in the nature of the action and more in the motivation with which it is done.
56. We will only create a more peaceful and harmonious world if we adopt a peaceful approach and engage openly in dialogue.
57. What is important today is that we consciously cultivate a sense of the oneness of humanity, because we all depend on each other.
58. Only tolerance and patience can protect us from the destructive effects of anger and hatred.
59. Friendship doesn’t depend on fame, money or physical strength. It’s based on trust and trust depends on love and affection.
60. It’s unrealistic to think that the future of humanity can be achieved through prayer or good wishes alone; what we need is to take action.
61. Loving is of even greater importance than being loved.
62. The real troublemaker is within us. Our true enemies are our own destructive tendencies.
63. If we have a good heart and concern for others, our actions will be positive.
64. If you live your life honestly and truthfully, you’ll be open and transparent, which leads to trust. And trust leads to friendship
65. When you help others, do so out of respect. Don’t look down on them. Serve other human beings with a compassionate intent.
66. When our mind is calm, we’re better able to find peace of mind and live a joyful life.
67. If we were to think of other people as our human brothers and sisters, there’d be no room for quarrelling or killing each other.
68. Not only is your own happiness and welfare related to others, but the more you help them, the happier you will be
69. When faced with problems, don’t lose hope. Keep up your self-confidence and don’t be too impatient to achieve quick results.
70. We need to promote the oneness of all human beings, on the basis of which there are no grounds for killing or exploiting others.
71. The goal of happier human beings living together, supporting each other, in a more peaceful world, is, I believe, something we can achieve.
72. Even small acts of compassion bring meaning and purpose to our lives.
74. A person who practices compassion and forgiveness has great inner strength, whereas aggression is usually a sign of weakness.
75. Changing the world is up to us. If each of us tries, the next generation may see a happier, more peaceful world emerge.
76. It is important to teach young people at school that violence is a fruitless approach to solving problems.
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