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Dalai Lama Quotes

The current and 14th Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso (1935).

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Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.


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Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.


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Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.


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The purpose of our lives is to be happy.


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All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.


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Sleep is the best meditation.


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Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.


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In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.


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We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.


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Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.


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We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.


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


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Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.


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The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.


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Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.


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Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.


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The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.


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I am just one human being.


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There are techniques of Buddhism, such as meditation, that anyone can adopt.


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I describe myself as a simple Buddhist monk. No more, no less.


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I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.


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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.


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


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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.


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When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh yes - I already have everything that I really need.'

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