Dalai Lama

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Friendship depends on trust and trust depends on having a strong sense of concern for the welfare of others. Be honest, truthful and warm-hearted. Make compassion the basis of your determination. Think of what the future can be, not what happened in the past.
If you focus narrowly on the problem as you see it, you might well lose hope, but if you look at it from a wider perspective, it's easier to be more positive. When I decided to leave Tibet, we set out not knowing if we would live to see the following day, but I never gave up hope
Compassion is the basis of our survival, not just a religious matter. Our very life depends on the affection of others, so it's in our interest to take their concerns into account. We must think more about inner values and cultivate compassion in our own lives.
II offer my condolences to those who have lost loved ones as a result of the recent glacial burst in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India, and pray for them. I also pray for the safety and well being of those who are still missing. bit.ly/3cYqTBB
We must try to incorporate understanding of the workings of our emotions and the ways to tackle them into our education system. If we are kind and compassionate, we’ll be honest. That leads to trust, stability and friendship.
I feel I am just another human being, a part of the world in which I live. Therefore, I’m never lonely. I think of whoever I meet as being the same as me. We don’t need to be introduced. If they have two eyes, one nose and a mouth, I think of other people as being human like me.
Warm-heartedness and compassion are conducive to our physical and mental well-being — anger, hatred and fear are not. This is why some scientists today talk about warm-heartedness ensuring a 'healthy mind and a healthy body'.
Words of Encouragement - A new book by His Holiness the Dalai Lama shares words of encouragement to deal with new realities in a pandemic stricken world. penguin.co.in/book/the-littl…
I offer my profound congratulations to Joe Biden on becoming President of the United States of America. I am so pleased that he is giving high priority to the urgent issue of climate change. I pray for his success in meeting the challenges that lie ahead. bit.ly/3p5tAEy
Peace is not brought about through conflict, but through compassion — creating peace of mind within ourselves. We all need compassion and women can take a lead role in bringing this about. My own first teacher of kindness and compassion was my mother.
Watch Live: HHDL joins Harvard Business School professor and columnist Arthur Brooks for an online conversation on “Leadership and Happiness” followed by student’s questions, from his residence in India on January 17th at 9am IST (Jan 16th 10:30pm EST). youtu.be/BsJzrjKj4ps
I regard a compassionate, warm, kindhearted person as healthy. If you maintain a feeling of compassion, loving kindness, something automatically opens your inner door, through which you can communicate much more easily with other people — you'll find that they are just like you.
Watch Live - HHDL in conversation with Greta Thunberg and leading scientists on the Climate Crisis of Feedback Loops on Jan 10th at 9am Indian Standard Time (Jan 9th 10:30pm EST). dalailama.com/live
Patience doesn’t arise spontaneously, we have to make an effort and familiarize ourselves with it. What’s more, it’s those hostile to us rather than our friends who teach us patience.
Our Only Home - HHDL declares that this planet is our only home so we must take steps to stem global warming. He’s keen in his support for young peoples’ efforts to raise awareness of the climate crisis. youtu.be/j1tSdMMy30g
HHDL’s New Year Greeting for 2021. youtu.be/1AO761HHT74
Wherever I go, I try to cultivate a sense of the oneness of humanity. I see everyone I meet as being essentially the same. And people respond positively to this. Animals too. Fear leads to isolation, so it's helpful to be open to others.
We must find secular ways to cultivate warm-heartedness — to educate ourselves about inner values. The source of a happy life is within us. Troublemakers in many parts of the world are often well educated, so it’s not just education we need. We must pay attention to inner values.
Infants, even before they can talk, show a preference for examples of helpful behaviour and turn away from illustrations of harm. The conclusion is that basic human nature is positive and kind. Therefore, cultivating warm-heartedness and compassion is something we can all do.
Under a bright blue sky HHDL trains his binoculars on the snow-capped peaks behind his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on December 19, 2020. (Photo by Tenzin Jamphel)
If those of you who are young today are going to fulfil a vision for a happier, more peaceful future in this world, you need to learn to live each day in a more meaningful way. You need to sharpen your human intelligence through study, but you also need to develop a warm heart.
We must learn that humanity is one big family. We’re all brothers and sisters: physically, mentally and emotionally the same. But we still focus far too much on differences instead of what we have in common. After all, every one of us is born the same way and dies the same way.
We can no longer keep exploiting the resources of this earth-the trees, the water and the minerals-without any care for the coming generations. It is common sense that we cannot survive if we keep working against nature. We must learn to live in harmony with nature.
Modern science doesn’t include a deep understanding of the workings of mind and emotions, but some scientists are showing an interest in finding out. We need to cultivate emotional hygiene — learning how to reduce anger, anxiety and fear. The key is to cultivate peace of mind.
I’d like to congratulate Ranjitsinh Disale on being named the world's most exceptional teacher and to express my admiration for his generosity in sharing half the prize money with runners up in the competition. He has set an example of compassion in action bit.ly/3mHFG5A
We can learn how to cultivate peace of mind. Then, we can apply our intelligence to extend a compassionate attitude on an individual, family, community and global level. It’s our nature to be compassionate, so education can teach us to appreciate that we’re brothers and sisters.
My dedication is to serve the 7 billion human beings on this planet and the other creatures with whom we share it. If you can, help and serve others, but if you can’t at least don’t harm them; then in the end you will feel no regret.
Just as we teach children to observe physical hygiene for its benefits to our health, we need to teach them to cultivate emotional hygiene. They need to learn how to tackle their destructive emotions and achieve peace of mind.
The aim of education should be to train happy individuals who make up a peaceful society. It requires warm-heartedness and taking a broad-minded, holistic and far-sighted approach that enables people to cope, whatever happens. It entails focussing on the good of the community.
Speaking for myself, I have no hesitation in supporting initiatives that are related to protecting the environment because threats to our environment are a question of our survival. #OurOnlyHome Now Available ouronlyhome.lndg.page/Bl5kXC
New Release - “Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Vol. 2: The Mind”. Conceived and introduced by the Dalai Lama, “The Mind” explores the Buddhist view of consciousness, how it works and how it is transformed, put into context for the modern reader.
When you think about the difficulties you face in your life, think about all the other people who have a similar experience of suffering. We need a keen sense of the oneness of humanity, remembering what we have in common with everyone else. #WorldKindnessDay #BookofJoy
I’m just a simple Buddhist monk but I’m trying to help others lead a happy life, to learn to appreciate what a difference it makes to find peace of mind. That’s my dream. One of my main practices is the cultivation of altruism — it’s what I think about the moment I wake up.
I’d like to offer my hearty congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as the next President of the United States of America. Humanity places great hope in the democratic vision of the U.S. as leader of the free world. bit.ly/3eGaGjs
Ask children whether they prefer smiling faces or stern ones. Obviously, the way to bring about harmony and friendship is to smile. We need to cultivate such childlike attributes that are the basis of human values and remember that we are the same and have to live together.
We are truly brothers and sisters. We all face the same kind of problems and we all have the ability to overcome them. That means putting our human brains to good use, combined with a strong sense of warm-heartedness.
Like anything else, life has a beginning and in due course must end. In between those two events the important goal should be to live meaningfully, not to create trouble for others. If we can do that, when the end comes, we can go feeling at peace.
As an avowed campaigner for the elimination of all nuclear weapons, I welcome the fact that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has now been ratified by fifty countries and will come into force from January next year. bit.ly/2FZ3jGK
To achieve peace of mind it’s important to have patience and it’s people who are hostile and antagonistic rather than our friends who teach us patience. It’s not difficult to make your friends smile, but bringing a smile to your enemy’s face is a real achievement.
Wherever you live, try to create a happy community. I pray that every human being, indeed every sentient being, should be happy. So, if you come across individuals facing problems, help them. Share their problems and try to bring them peace of mind.
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.
HHDL offers us an incredible example of how to flourish in enormous adversity, with tenacity, ethical conviction and courage. Learn how this perspective can help us rediscover a sense of purpose, community and hope Oct 22-27 Dalai Lama Global Vision Summit bit.ly/3o1CaEm
I congratulate Jacinda Ardern on her party's resounding victory in the New Zealand general election. I admire the courage, wisdom and leadership, as well as the calm, compassion and respect for others, she has shown in these challenging times. bit.ly/37faYfl
Ideas may start with a single individual, but they grow as they are taken up by humanity at large. Young people can make a definite contribution to peace in the world.
Happiness can just refer to the pleasure we find on a sensory level, but real happiness is related to peace of mind. If we have a calm mind, fear and suspicion are reduced. Fear is a major source of unhappiness
I would like to congratulate the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on being awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace in regions of conflict. bit.ly/30MnsHl
How can something as simple as training your mind change the world? Join His Holiness and @healthyminds for a recorded dialogue on the science of well-being and wisdom. Learn more and register for the free, virtual event on October 9, 2020: mailchi.mp/centerhealthym…
In our world today, everyone wants to live a happy life and indeed everyone has a right to a happy life. Yet we face problems, many of which are of our own making. If we look a little deeper, we may see that loving kindness is the key to our survival.
Today, the world is interdependent as never before, which is why we need a keen sense of the oneness of all human beings. We have to take the whole of humanity into account. We have to understand what we have in common with everyone else.
In a materialistically oriented world there isn’t much understanding of the workings of the mind. What’s necessary is to recognise the trouble caused by negative emotions and that we can develop antidotes to them. The antidote to fear and anger is compassion
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