Dalai Lama

A Quote by Dalai Lama on religion, pluralism, and dalai lama

Religion is important for humanity, but it should evolve with humanity.  The first priority is to establish and develop the principle of pluralism in all religious traditions.  If we, the religious leaders, cultivate a sincere pluralistic attitude, then everything will be more simple.  It is good that most religious leaders are at least beginning to recognize other traditions, even though they may not approve of them.  The next step is to accept that the idea of propagating religion is outdated.  It no longer suits the times.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 59

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on altruism, dalai lama, and compassion

Altruism has two aspects.  Loving others does not mean that we should forget ourselves.  When I say that we should be compassionate, this does not mean helping others at the expense of ourselves.  Not at all.  Sometimes I say that the buddhas and bodhisattvas are the most selfish of all.  Why?  Because by cultivating altruism they achieve ultimate happiness.  We, in our selfishness, are very foolish and narrow-minded.  All we do is create more suffering for ourselves.  The selfishness of the buddhas and bodhisattvas is functional and efficient.  It allows them not only to achieve awakening, but also the capacity to help others.  That is really worthwhile.  For me, this proves that to create maximum happiness for oneself, one needs to develop compassion,  This is Buddhist logic.  If compassion induced misery, then it would be questionable.  Why practice something that brings us more trouble?  But that is certainly not the case with compassion.  Just imagine if we all lived with no compassion, thinking only of ourselves.  We would suffer greatly.  The more you think of others, the happier you are.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 46

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on dalai lama, discernment, truth, authenticity, and respect

On love, not harming others, and respecting all beings.  Even animals have these elements in their behavioral patterns.  We should start by observing how animals act.  They are honest and appreciate it when we are honest with them.  If you present something nice to an animal in one hand while hiding a rope in the other, the creature will know your intention.  Yet animals have no religion, no constitution.  Basic nature has endowed them with the faculty of discernment.  It is the same for humans.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 35

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on buddhism, dalai lama, four excellences, peace of mind, friends, and happiness

In the Buddhist approach, wordly happiness is based on what we call the four excellences: the Dharma, wealth, nirvana, and satisfaction.  Nirvana, or freedom from suffering, is the ultimate goal.  The satisfaction achieved from a successful temporal life is just a transient goal.  The teachings are the means to achieve ultimate inner freedom, whereas money and wealth facilitate worldly happiness, temporary satisfaction.  One strives to achieve that which is positive for all beings.  To do so, one must attend to both ultimate and temporary goals.  Well being and money belong to the latter category.  In fact, Buddhist texts mention the fruition of eight qualities including wealth, health, and fame that define a "fortunate" human existence. 

To enjoy even temporary happiness, however, one must first have peace of mind.  Next comes health, then good companions, and then money, in that order, though of course all four aspects are connected.  For example, when we had to escape from Tibet, our first priority was to save our lives.  Being penniless was secondary.  If one is alive, it is always possible to make friends and earn money.  Peace of mind must come first.  Peace of mind generally attracts prosperity.  Certainly someone who has peaceful of mind will use his or her money judiciously.

The mind is key.  If anything should be considered a god, so to speak, it is the mind, not money.  A healthy positive mind is the utmost priority.  But if we were to reverse the order of these priorities, what would happen?  I find it hard to imagine how a person with great wealth, bad health, no friends, and no peace of mind could feel even slightly happy.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 5

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on dalai lama and competition

There is competition, but it is used in a good way.  It is positive to want to go first, provided the intention is to pave the way for others, make their path more easy, help them, or show the way.  Competition is negative when we wish to defeat others, to bring them down in order to lift ourselves up.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 28

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on authentic, power, and dalai lama

There are many different kinds of power.  True power comes from serving and helping others.  Such behavior makes people respect you.  They are willing to listen to your views and advice, and they support you.  The energy of many people is thus channeled through one person.  This kind of power is positive and authentic.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 13

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on seventh generation, dalai lama, inventions, and progress

We had a rule in Tibet that anyone proposing a new invention had to guarentee that it was beneficial, or at least harmless, for seven generations of humans before it could be adopted.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 52

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A Quote by Dalai Lama

In some cases is keeping your mouth shut the best answer.

Dalai Lama

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on buddhism, compassion, love, and happiness

In the Buddhist tradition, compassion and love are seen as
two aspects of same thing: compassion is the wish for another being to
be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.

Dalai Lama

Source: Living the Compassionate Life at http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1751

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A Quote by Dalai Lama

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 benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.

Dalai Lama

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