Dalai Lama

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What’s past is past, nothing can change that. But the future can be different if we choose to make it so. We have to cultivate a vision of a happier, more peaceful future and make the effort now to bring it about. This is no time for complacency, hope lies in the action we take.
I don’t like formality. There’s no formality when we’re born and none when we die. In between we should treat each other as brothers and sisters because we all want to live a happy life. This is our common purpose and our right.
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HHDL sends 90th birthday greetings to Archbishop Desmond Tutu followed by a short talk on compassion in his message to the 11th Annual Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture on October 7th, 2021. youtu.be/ejporQKefKM
If you are motivated by a wish to help on the basis of kindness, compassion and respect, then you can do any kind of work, in any field, and function more effectively with less fear or worry, not being afraid of what others think or whether you will ultimately reach your goal.
In my experience, what we need is a calm mind and warm-heartedness provides a basis for that. That's how we make ourselves happy as individuals in families, local communities and nations. If we can train those who are young today in these qualities we’ll create a happier world.
When affectionate relations exist between members of a family, each one is confident of being able to call on the others for support. In a similar way, we must constantly remind ourselves of the oneness of humanity.
Negative emotions like attachment and anger are part of our lives, but there are antidotes to them. We need to reflect not only on the damage anger and fear can do, but also on the benefits to be found in cultivating compassion and non-violence and find a balance between them.
Creating a more peaceful world requires a peaceful mind and a peaceful heart. As human brothers and sisters we must live together with affection and respect. The only way to solve human problems and preserve the peace is to meet, talk and engage in dialogue. #PeaceDayChallenge
HHDL engaged in his morning meditation practice at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India. (Photo by Tenzin Jamphel)
Everyone wants to live in a peaceful world, but it’s necessary to understand that what destroys peace is anger and hatred. This is why the long term goal is to create inner peace within individuals, so contributing to a more compassionate humanity.
The direction of our lives needs to be positive. We weren’t born to cause trouble or do harm to others. For our life to be of value, I think we must develop good human qualities – warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life will become meaningful and more peaceful – happier.
We all have a responsibility to educate our human brothers and sisters. Inner values are the ultimate source of happiness, not money and weapons, whether you’re talking about individuals or the whole of humanity.
Even though our society doesn’t emphasize it, the most crucial use of knowledge and education is to understand the importance of more wholesome action and disciplining the mind—essentially the development of a good heart.
HHDL talks about the need for universal responsibility, for the whole of humanity to learn to live happily together. youtu.be/A3tBCJ_mHIs
The direction of our lives needs to be positive. We weren’t born to cause trouble or do harm to others. For our life to be of value, I think we must develop good human qualities – warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life will become meaningful and more peaceful – happier.
It can sometimes seem as if one person will not be very effective. However, change in the world always begins with an individual who shares what he or she has learned and passes it on to others.
As soon as I wake up, I think about altruism. I reflect on the verse that says, "So long as space remains, I will remain in order to serve sentient beings." This gives me inner strength and determination, so there’s no longer any danger of destructive emotions arising.
Helping others brings deep satisfaction. No matter how powerful we may seem to be, our survival depends on the community. Clearly the community is crucial to individual happiness, so if we make others happy, we too derive benefit.
Peace in the world depends on peace within. If we have that we’ll approach problems in a spirit of dialogue, compassion and respect for the rights of others—always a better solution than resorting to a use of weapons and force. External disarmament depends on inner disarmament.
We should show one another love and help each another. It is a mistake to pursue happiness and to seek to the avoid suffering by deceiving and humiliating other people. We must try to achieve happiness and eliminate suffering by being generous and warm-hearted.
Since we desire the happiness that comes from having a calm mind, and such peace of mind arises only from having a compassionate attitude, we must make a concerted effort to develop compassion. We must use all the events of our daily life to transform our thoughts and behavior.
Education today needs to include principles such as compassion and non-violence. What’s more, since we are missing something if we are physically fit, but full of anger and anxiety, we need to learn about emotional hygiene, tackling destructive emotions to find peace of mind.
Like anyone else, I too have anger in me. However, I try to recall that anger is a destructive emotion. Scientists say anger is bad for our health; it eats into our immune system. It destroys our peace of mind. We shouldn't welcome it or think of it as natural or as a friend.
We are social animals. If someone is angry with you, it’s important to remain warm-hearted towards them. Today’s enemy may become tomorrow’s friend. If they behave negatively towards you and you are hostile in return there’ll be no end to the trouble between you.
In seeking to find the source of happiness within us, we need a map of our mind and emotions. We need to understand how to manage our emotions, how to counter those that are negative and cultivate those that are positive. That is the way to find peace within.
The problems humanity faces today demand a positive mental attitude and a sense of compassion for others. I firmly believe we can solve the majority of our problems by developing a sense of universal responsibility—wanting to do something for others without a selfish motive.
HHDL looking out over Kangra Valley during a break from monsoon rains at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India. (Photo by Tenzin Jamphel)
HHDL’s message for the International Religious Freedom Summit 2021 held in Washington DC, USA on July 13-15, 2021. youtu.be/h87qBSZduTg
Happiness derived from mere physical comfort tends to be shallow and fleeting. It fails to pacify anxiety and fear. Whereas if we have a calm mind it is effective in overcoming even physical pain, therefore we should not neglect the inner values that are a source of a calm mind.
HHDL thanks all those who sent him wishes for his 86th birthday from his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on July 7, 2021. . youtu.be/BAWzgYRPuMA
HHDL’s message on the occasion of his 86th birthday on July 6, 2021. youtu.be/H0ZlrVMLEe8
HHDL reunites online with Archbishop Desmond Tutu from his residence in India on June 24, 2021, on the occasion of the release of their new movie "Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times”. youtu.be/Lnad7ejKOXU
We should use our unique human intelligence to solve challenges we face, and never give up or tell ourselves there's no hope. If we have a positive goal and we're well-motivated to seek the well-being of others, no matter how difficult it is to achieve, we can remain determined.
I am determined to help young people in any way I can, because they are the future of the world. And the first step in establishing good communications with other people is to smile. I don't like formality. There's no formality when we are born, nor when we die.
If we want to see a more peaceful world, we have to learn to collaborate. Young people shouldn’t follow previous patterns of behaviour. New conditions, like our interdependent, globalised world, require new ideas. Dividing people into ‘us’ and ‘them’ is out of date.
People face difficulties in many parts of the world, but since all seven billion of us live on this one planet we should be united and stand in solidarity with each other. When this blue planet is viewed from space, there are no national boundaries to be seen.
I'm a human being, a citizen of a world in which we are all dependent on each other, a world in which we need a greater sense of concern for the welfare of others. Wherever I go I like to meet members of the public so I can share these ideas with them.
Today, there is too strong a sense of ‘us’ and ‘them’. There’s too much sense of ‘my friends’ or ‘my enemy’. But we can change that. I’m committed to the idea of the oneness of humanity. As human beings we are all the same. What’s more we all have to live together on this planet.
Entering into dialogue and talking things through is the only proper way of restraining people intent on perpetuating violent conflict. It is important to make clear that in the 21st century old ways of thinking, such as dependence on the use of force, are no longer appropriate.
People today may feel anxious about the future, but we can take strength from the fact that more and more of us are genuinely concerned to protect the environment, taking account of the welfare of the whole of humanity, as well as the health of the planet, our only home.
The ability to smile seems to be unique to human beings. As social animals we need friends. Friendship is based on trust and trust grows when we show each other genuine affection. If we are honest, truthful and of service to others, we can also feel self-confident
Our intelligence helps us regulate our emotions. Fear, for example, is based on mistrust and a lack of self-confidence. If, on the other hand, we remain honest and truthful, open and tolerant, we will not only have greater self-confidence we’ll easily overcome fear.
There is time for us to create a better, happier world, but we can’t sit back and expect a miracle. We each have actions we must take, by living our lives meaningfully — helping others whenever we can and making every effort to do them no harm.
Our lives depend on hope. If you have hope, you’ll be able to overcome problems you face. But if you’re without hope, your difficulties will increase. Hope is linked to compassion and loving kindness.
I’m sorry to learn that my good friend, Gandhian environmentalist, Shri Sunderlal Bahuguna has passed away. Some years ago he asked me to spread the word about the importance of planting trees and caring for them whenever I can and I promised to do so. bit.ly/2RDlaJ9
Peace of mind and physical well-being are closely related. Some years ago, a scientist at Emory University told me that continuous anger, fear and suspicion tend to eat into our immune system. Besides, peace of mind and warm-heartedness bring us confidence.
We are self-centred and selfish, but we need to be wisely selfish, not foolishly so. If we neglect others, we too lose. We have to support others. We can educate people to understand that the best way to fulfil their own interest is to be concerned about the welfare of others.
Gradually people are beginning to recognize that peace of mind has an important role to play in our day to day lives. Mental afflictions like anger, fear and frustration detract from our good health, so, all seven billion human beings alive today need peace of mind here and now.
When we're born, our mothers show us compassion. This is a natural response without which we wouldn't survive. Our lives begin with an experience of kindness and compassion. Mothers’ Day is a good day to remember how important compassion can be.
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