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Quotes by the Dalai Lama

There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.

 

Without love we could not survive. Human beings are social creatures,
and a concern for each other is the very basis of our life together.

 

Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.

 

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

 

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

 

The way to change others' minds is with affection, and not anger.

 

Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

 

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.

 

It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind, that is, in terms of calming and eventually dispelling anger. This is action out of compassion. The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefitting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.

 

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.

 

When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.

 

When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.

 

The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life.

 

Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.

 

If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.

 

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

 

Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.

 

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.

 

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

 

We cannot learn real patience and tolerance from a guru or a friend. They can be practiced only when we come in contact with someone who creates unpleasant experiences. According to Shantideva, enemies are really good for us as we can learn a lot from them and build our inner strength.

 

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.

 

Giving up attachment to the world does not mean that you set yourself apart from it. Generating a desire for others to be happy increases your humanity. As you become less attached to the world, you become more humane. As the very purpose of spiritual practice is to help others, you must remain in society.

 

When you encounter some problems, if you point your finger at yourself and not at others, this gives you control over yourself and calmness in a situation, where otherwise self-control becomes problematic.

 

Infinite altruism is the basis of peace and happiness. If you want altruism, you must control hate and you must practice patience. The main teachers of patience are our enemies.

 

As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.

 

 

Quotes By The Dalai Lama

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