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88 Thought Provoking and Uplifting Quotes From His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s quotes of shared wisdom have enlightened many of his followers worldwide. Born Tenzin Gyatso on 6 July 1935, The Dalai Lama is a Buddhist monk, and the spiritual leader of Tibet.

The 14th Dalai Lama’s quotes and teachings are embraced by countless students and followers throughout the world. The Dalai Lama’s teachings about love, compassion, altruism, and being mindful of your thoughts have inspired many to live their lives in a more peaceful and uplifting manner.

Embracing Nirvana has compiled a selection of 88 uplifting, and enlightening quotes from the Dalai Lama to inspire you to live a peaceful, and compassionate lifestyle. Follow his teachings, and Embrace Nirvana.

"I will not propose to you that my way is the best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable to you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it." ~Dalai Lama

"To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up." ~Dalai Lama

"Through violence, you may solve one problem, but you sow the seeds for another." ~Dalai Lama

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

"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." ~Dalai Lama

"Know the rules well, so you can break them more effectively." ~Dalai Lama

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

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

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

"We need to learn how to want what we have, not to have what we want in order to get happiness." ~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

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

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

"People take different roads seeking Fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost." ~Dalai Lama

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

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

"You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things, but with compassion you must do what you can to stop them. For they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions." ~Dalai Lama


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"Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when w least expect it." ~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

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

"What surprises me most is “Man”, 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 doesn’t enjoy the present. The result being he doesn’t live in the present or the future, he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never lived." ~Dalai Lama

"If you want others to be happy practice compassion. If you want to be happy practice compassion." ~Dalai Lama

"An eye for an eye, and we are all blind." ~Dalai Lama

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

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

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

"Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind." ~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 many still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of the circumstances." ~Dalai Lama

"Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind." ~Dalai Lama

"If a problem can be solved, there is no need to worry, and if it can’t be solved, worry is of no use." ~Dalai Lama

"Even an animal, if you show genuine affection, gradually trust develops. If you are always showing bad face and beating, how can you develop friendship?" ~Dalai Lama

"A spoon cannot taste the food that it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man’s wisdom even if he associates with a sage." ~Dalai Lama

"The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation." ~Dalai Lama

"Given the vast scale of the cosmos, one human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is just a visitor to this planet, a guest who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time alone, unhappy or in conflict with our companions? Far better, surely, for us to use our short time here in living a meaningful life, enriched by our sense of connection with others, and being of service to them." ~Dalai Lama

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

"I find hope in the darkest days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe." ~Dalai Lama


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"An open heart is an open mind." ~Dalai Lama

"Death means change our clothes. Clothes become old, then time to change. So this body becomes old, and then the time comes to take a young body." ~Dalai Lama

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

"If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding." ~Dalai Lama

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

"A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering." ~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

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

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

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

"This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness." ~Dalai Lama

"Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life, and I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all of my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others. I am not going to get angry, or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can." ~Dalai Lama

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

"World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think the manifestation of human compassion." ~Dalai Lama

"Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that is very important for good health." ~Dalai Lama

"Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk as well." ~Dalai Lama

"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 toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it." ~Dalai Lama

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

"When you talk you are only repeating something you already know, but if you listen you may learn something new." ~Dalai Lama


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"The ultimate source of your mental happiness is your peace of mind. Nothing can destroy this except your own anger." ~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

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

"Never give up. No matter what is going on around you, don’t ever give up." ~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

"When reason ends, then anger begins. Therefore, anger is a sign of weakness." ~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

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

"The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk." ~Dalai Lama

"You have to start giving first and expect nothing in return." ~Dalai Lama

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

"Compassion naturally creates a positive atmosphere, and as a result you feel peaceful and content." ~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

"If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you." ~Dalai Lama

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

"Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no value”, is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought. So what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master." ~Dalai Lama

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

"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 of our hearts." ~Dalai Lama

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

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

"To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in battle." ~Dalai Lama

"There is a saying in Tibetan, “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.” No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster." ~Dalai Lama

"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

"If we talk about Nirvana and philosophy, but do not bother much about day to day practice, then you may reach a strange Nirvana, but will not reach the correct Nirvana because your daily practice is nothing." ~Dalai Lama

"Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feeling as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day." ~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

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

"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

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