Quotes by Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Our most valuable teachers are our enemies.While our friends can help us in many ways, only our enemies can provide us with the challenge we need to develop tolerance, patience, and compassionthree virtues essential for building character, developing peace of mind, and bringing us true happiness.

Dalai Lama
Constructiveness is the human way.
Dalai Lama

My aim is to create a happy society with genuine friendship. Friendship between Tibetan and Chinese peoples is very essential.

Dalai Lama
If you serve others as fully as you can, what you do will be a source of inner joy.
Dalai Lama

If someone remains in a peaceful and tranquil state of mind, external surroundings can cause them only a limited disturbance.

Dalai Lama
I call the light and high aspects of my being spirit and the dark and heavy aspects soul. Soul is at home in the deep, shaded valleys. Heavy torpid flowers saturated with black grow there. The rivers flow like warm syrup. They empty into huge oceans of soul. Spirit is a land of high white peaks and glittering jewel-like lakes and flowers. Life is sparse and sounds travel great distances. There is soul music, soul food, and soul love... People need to climb the mountain not simple because it is there But because the soulful divinity needs to be mated with the spirit.
Dalai Lama

I am just one human being.

Dalai Lama
Hatred, jealousy and excessive attachment cause suffering and agitation. I feel compassion can help us overcome these disturbances and let us return to a calm state of mind. Compassion is not just being kind to your friend. That involves attachment because it is based on expectation. Compassion is when you do something good without any expectations - based on realizing that "the other person is also just like me".
Dalai Lama

It seems that for some people the idea of compassion entails a complete disregard for or even a sacrifice of their own interests. This is not the case. In fact, you first of all have to have a wish to be happy yourself - if you don't love yourself like that, how can you love others?

Dalai Lama
Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.