Words of wisdom from his holiness the Dalai Lama
By Margaret Gee


Use differences in a positive way. Try to get energy from different views, from different opinions. Make dialogue; that is the proper way to solve problems.

If you utilize compassion, it will bring you tranquility and strength.

Genuine happiness cannot be defined by material and sensual satisfactions, but only by mental and spiritual development that always acknowledge others and their needs.

I believer that satisfaction, joy and happiness are the ultimate purposes of life and the basic sources of happiness are a good heart, compassion and love.

Compassion can heal not only inner anger, but the world’s violence.

A compassionate state of mind brings inner peace, and therefor a healthier body.

If you contribute to other people’s happiness you will find the truth meaning of life. The key point is to have a genuine sense of universal responsibility.

Each individual has an opportunity to make a difference.

In you shift your focus from yourself to others, and think more about other’s well-being and welfare, it has an immediate liberating effect.

Love is critical...and remember, when anyone gives love to another, happiness emerges from their mind, and they then are the biggest beneficiaries.

Smile at others and keep the world smiling.

The true test of honoring Buddha’s or god is the love one extends to fellow humans.

True enlightenment is nothing but the nature of one’s own self being full.

If you expect to become enlightened in a few days, it would be too presumptuous. It is very important to apply sustained effort, like the continual flowing of a stream.

My main request is to remember the six billion human brothers and sisters on the planet.

The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful. This takes more than prayer or wishing. It requires deep analysis into the cause of harsh feelings like hatred and a conscious effort to shift one’s perspective.

To minimize hatred is internal disarmament.

Although man’s intelligence can sometimes make him a troublemaker. I believe that because of our intelligence we human beings are also capable of developing infinite altruism.

If you harbor ill will, it has a negative impact on yourself. You may lose your appetite and good sleep.

Some people when we talk about compassion and love, think it is a religious matter. Compassion is the universal religion.

Keep no negative emotion, particularly if your life is coming to an end. Keep this kind of compassion as you move into your next life.

The spiritual actions we undertake which are motivated not by narrow self-interest but out of our concern for others actually benefit ourselves.

The more we focus on others, the more we have a concern for others, it seems to bring an inner strength.

Maybe we have different clothes, out skin is a different color, or we speak different languages. That is on the surface. But we are the same human beings. That is what binds us to each other. That is what makes it possible for us to understand each other and to develop friendship and closeness.

Never lose faith in the truth.

To me, there is no difference whether president, beggar or king.

If you can, help others. If not, then at least refrain from hurting others.

Developing a kind heart does not involve any of the sentimental religiosity normally associated with it. It is for everyone irrespective of race, religious or political affiliation. It is for anybody who considers themselves a member of the human family.

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. A good mind, a good heart, warm feelings-these are the most important things.

If you are showing love your fellow human being, you are showing love to your god.

Be a nice person, be a good person.

The aim of all Buddhists must be to empty themselves of greed and grasping desire, the root of all suffering.

Every person has the same potential for inner tranquility, but negative forces such as fear, suspicion, selfishness and self-hatred can destroy inner peace.

I think when tragic things happen, it is on the surface. It’s like the ocean. On the surface a wave comes, and sometimes the wave is very serious and strong. But it comes and goes, comes and goes, and underneath the ocean always remains calm.

There are two types of competitive behavior. One is a sense of completion because you want to be at the top. That competition is negative. But there is a positive kind of competition. Let your competitors also grow, without any sense of harming them, have the sole purpose of excelling in your field. Your attitude could induce others to better themselves.

While engaging in material progress and taking care of physical well-being, we need to pay attention to developing peace of mind.

Compassion, forgiveness, these are the real, ultimate sources of power for peace and success in life.

The very purpose of our lives is happiness and joyfulness. That is very clear.

If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable there is no help in worrying.

Every human being should realize that the future of humanity is dependent on their present actions and thinking.

Change only takes place through action. Not through prayer or meditation, but through action.

As long as we are on this small planet together, we need human gentleness, human affection.

Genuine peace between nations will come from mutual respect, not from weapons or force.

Be a good human being, a warm-hearted, affectionate person.

It is important to use money properly to help others, otherwise you still want more and feel poor.

I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we can succeed in building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all.

Peaceful living is about trusting those on whom we depend and caring for those who depend on us. Your enlightenment rests on your own shoulders.

I feel the different religious traditions have a great responsibility to provide peace of mind and sense of brotherhood and sisterhood among humanity.

if an individual has a calm state of mind, that person’s attitude and views will be calm and tranquil even in the presence of great agitation.