Dalai Lama

A Quote by Dalai Lama on compassion

genuine compassion is based on the rationale that all human beings have an innate desire to be happy and overcome suffering, just like myself.  And, just like myself, they have the natural right to fulfill this fundamental aspiration.  On the basis of the recognition of these equality and commonality, you develop a sense of affinity and closeness with others. 

Dalai Lama

Source: The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living, Pages: 115

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on sleep, wholesome sleep, and mental state

If you can cultivate wholesome mental states prior to sleep and allow them to continue right into sleep without getting distracted, then sleep itself becomes wholesome.

Dalai Lama

Source: Sleeping, Dreaming and Dying

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on scientists, mind, and happiness

I believe the ultimate aim of all human beings is to obtain happiness and a sense of fulfillment.  These objectives can be achieved through physical amenities and proper mental development,  but the dominant and ultimate factor is the mental aspect.  In order to achieve these objectives one must have knowledge about both mind and matter.

Scientists may study mainly matter but they cannot ignore the human mind, or consciousness: spiritual practitioners may be engaging mainly in developing the mind but they cannot completely ignore their physical needs.

It is for this reason that I have always stressed the importance of combining both mental and the material approach to achieving happiness for humankind.

Dalai Lama

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on religion, good, and human being

I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter. Far more important is that they be a good human being.

Dalai Lama

Source: Ethics for the New Millennium: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Pages: 19

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on work, labor, purpose, meaning, and service

The work of a person laboring in some humble occupation is no less relevant to the well-being of society than that of, for example, a doctor, a teacher, a monk, or a nun. All human endeavor is potentially great and noble. So long as we carry out our work with good motivation, thinking, “My work is for others,” it will be of benefit to the wider community. But when concern for others’ feelings and welfare is missing, our activities tend to become spoiled. Through lack of basic human feeling, religion, politics, economics, and so on can be rendered dirty. Instead of serving humanity, they become agents of destruction.

Dalai Lama

Source: Ethics for the New Millennium: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Pages: 174

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

Consider the following. We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others' actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others' activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others. Nor is it so remarkable that our greatest joy should come when we are motivated by concern for others. But that is not all. We find that not only do altruistic actions bring about happiness but they also lessen our experience of suffering. Here I am not suggesting that the individual whose actions are motivated by the wish to bring others' happiness necessarily meets with less misfortune than the one who does not. Sickness, old age, mishaps of one sort or another are the same for us all. But the sufferings which undermine our internal peace -- anxiety, doubt, disappointment -- these things are definitely less. In our concern for others, we worry less about ourselves. When we worry less about ourselves an experience of our own suffering is less intense.

What does this tell us? Firstly, because our every action has a universal dimension, a potential impact on others' happiness, ethics are necessary as a means to ensure that we do not harm others. Secondly, it tells us that genuine happiness consists in those spiritual qualities of love, compassion, patience, tolerance and forgiveness and so on. For it is these which provide both for our happiness and others' happiness.

Dalai Lama

Source: Ethics for the New Millennium: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Pages: 62

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on pain and suffering

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

Dalai Lama

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on country, effort, helpful, problems, and variety

One country . . . one ideology, one system is not sufficient. It is helpful to have a variety of different approaches . . . We can then make a joint effort to solve the problems of the whole of humankind.

Dalai Lama

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on happiness, life, and purpose

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

Dalai Lama

Source: Tibetan Lamaism. Regarded as vice-regent of the Buddha & the reincarnation of the previous Lama.

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on life and purpose

We live very close together. So, our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

Dalai Lama

Source: Tibetan Lamaism. Regarded as vice-regent of the Buddha & the reincarnation of the previous Lama.

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