This is a collection of the 200+ best Dalai Lama quotes you need to know.

Tenzin Gyatso, known as the 14th Dalai Lama, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet.

Below are some of the most famous Dalai Lama Quotes that will inspire you to seek compassion and happiness despite all hardship.

Best Dalai Lama Quotes

“All I can do is engage with complete sincerity. Then whatever happens, there is no regret.” – Dalai Lama

“True spirituality is a mental attitude you can practice at any time.” – Dalai Lama

“Because we all share an identical need for love, it is possible to feel that anybody we meet, in whatever circumstances, is a brother or sister.” – Dalai Lama

“It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.” – Dalai Lama

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” – Dalai Lama

“An open heart is an open mind.” – Dalai Lama

“If a problem can be solved it will be. If it can not be solved there is no use worrying about it.” – Dalai Lama

“Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.” – Dalai Lama

“Try to remain truthful. The power of truth never declines. Force and violence may be effective in the short term, but in the long run it’s truth that prevails.” – Dalai Lama

“It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.” – Dalai Lama

“A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Motivational Quotes

“Love is the absence of judgment.” – Dalai Lama

“The enemy is a very good teacher.” – Dalai Lama

“It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.” – Dalai Lama

“Harmony can not thrive in a climate of mistrust, cheating, bullying; mean-spirited competition.” – Dalai Lama

“I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life.” – Dalai Lama

“Silence is sometimes the best answer.” – Dalai Lama

“The quality of everything we do: our physical actions, our verbal actions, and even our mental actions, depends on our motivation. That’s why it’s important for us to examine our motivation in our day to day life. If we cultivate respect for others and our motivation is sincere, if we develop a genuine concern for others’ well-being, then all our actions will be positive.” – Dalai Lama

“World peace begins with inner peace.” – Dalai Lama

“Without the human community one single human being cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama

“If we continue to approach problems from the perspective of temporary expediency, future generations will face tremendous difficulties.” – Dalai Lama

“Anger, hatred, fear, is very bad for our health.” – Dalai Lama

“On occasions when you feel most hopeless, you must take powerful effort. We must persist in face of failure.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Inspirational Quotes

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dalai Lama

“Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama

“When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” – Dalai Lama

“Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.” – Dalai Lama

“As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.” – Dalai Lama

“Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry, nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.” – Dalai Lama

“If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions more chances to be happy!” – Dalai Lama

“Instead of wondering WHY this is happening to you, consider why this is happening to YOU.” – Dalai Lama

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” – Dalai Lama

“Someone else’s action should not determine your response.” – Dalai Lama

“What we do and think in our own lives, then, becomes of extreme importance as it affects everything we’re connected to.” – Dalai Lama

“The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Quotes on Positive Thinking

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” – Dalai Lama

“True change is within; leave the outside as it is.” – Dalai Lama

“To be kind, honest and have positive thoughts; to forgive those who harm us and treat everyone as a friend; to help those who are suffering and never to consider ourselves superior to anyone else: even if this advice seems rather simplistic, make the effort of seeing whether by following it you can find greater happiness.” – Dalai Lama

“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” – Dalai Lama

“Even if only a few individuals try to create mental peace and happiness within themselves, and act responsibly and kind-heartedly towards others, they will have a positive influence in their community.” – Dalai Lama

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” – Dalai Lama

“The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.” – Dalai Lama

“The ultimate source of my mental happiness is my peace of mind. Nothing can destroy this except my own anger.” – Dalai Lama

“There is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us, not even the Buddha. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?” – Dalai Lama

“We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens we will have no regrets.” – Dalai Lama

“When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.” – Dalai Lama

“Since periods of great change, such as the present one, come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Quotes on Religion

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

“The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.” – Dalai Lama

“If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.” – Dalai Lama

“Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” – Dalai Lama

“The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.” – Dalai Lama

“If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.” – Dalai Lama

“For those who may not find happiness to exercise religious faith, it’s okay to remain a radical atheist; it’s absolutely an individual right, but the important thing is with a compassionate heart – then no problem.” – Dalai Lama

“The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life.” – Dalai Lama

“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

“I really feel that some people neglect and overlook compassion because they associate it with religion. Of course, everyone is free to choose whether they pay religion any regard, but to neglect compassion is a mistake because it is the source of our own well-being.” – Dalai Lama

“Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

“I always tell people that religious institutions and political institutions should be separate. So while I’m telling people this, I myself continue with them combined. Hypocrisy!” – Dalai Lama

“Buddhism does not accept a theory of God, or a creator. According to Buddhism, one’s own actions are the creator, ultimately. Some people say that, from a certain angle, Buddhism is not a religion but rather a science of mind.” – Dalai Lama

“I believe that whether a person follows any religion or not is unimportant, he or she must have a good heart, a warm heart.” – Dalai Lama

“All religion teaches the virtues of love, altruism and patience, while showing us how to discipline and transform ourselves to achieve inner peace and a kind heart. Therefore, they are worthy of our respect.” – 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

“Religion does not mean just precepts, a temple, monastery, or other external signs, for these as well as hearing and thinking are subsidiary factors in taming the mind.” – Dalai Lama

“There is no denying that consideration of others is worthwhile and that our happiness is inextricably bound up with the happiness of others. There is no denying that if society suffers, we ourselves suffer, and the more our hearts and minds are afflicted with ill-will, the more miserable we become. We can reject religion, ideology, and receive wisdom, but we cannot escape the need for love and compassion.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Quotes on Death

“We cannot hope to die peacefully if our lives have been full of violence, or if our minds have mostly been agitated by emotions like anger, attachment, or fear. So if we wish to die well, we must learn how to live well: Hoping for a peaceful death, we must cultivate peace in our mind, and in our way of life.” – Dalai Lama

“We must conduct research and then accept the results. If they don’t stand up to experimentation, Buddha’s own words must be rejected.” – Dalai Lama

“Ageing destroys youth, sickness destroys health, degeneration of life destroys all excellent qualities and death destroys life. Even if you are a great runner, you cannot run away from death. you cannot stop death with your wealth, through your magic performances or recitation of mantras or even medicines. Therefore, it is wise to prepare for your death.” – Dalai Lama

“As a Buddhist, I view death as a normal process, a reality that I accept will occur as long as I remain in this earthly existence. Knowing that I cannot escape it, I see no point in worrying about it. I tend to think of death as being like changing your clothes when they are old and worn out, rather than as some final end. Yet death is unpredictable: We do not know when or how it will take place. So it is only sensible to take certain precautions before it actually happens.” – Dalai Lama

“There is no way to escape death, it is just like trying to escape by four great mountains touching the sky. There is no escape from these four mountains of birth, old age, sickness and death.” – Dalai Lama

“From a Buddhist point of view, the actual experience of death is very important. Although how or where we will be reborn is generally dependent on karmic forces, our state of mind at the time of death can influence the quality of our next rebirth. So at the moment of death, in spite of the great variety of karmas we have accumulated, if we make a special effort to generate a virtuous state of mind, we may strengthen and activate a virtuous karma, and so bring about a happy rebirth.” – Dalai Lama

“If you are mindful of death, it will not come as a surprise-you will not be anxious. You will feel that death is merely like changing clothes. Consequently, at that point you will be able to maintain your calmness of mind.” – Dalai Lama

“The process of dying begins with the dissolution of the elements within the body. It has eight stages, beginning with the dissolution of the earth element, then the water, fire and wind elements. The color: appearance of a white vision, increase of the red element, black near-attainment, and finally the clear light of death.” – Dalai Lama

“I hold the view that death is rather like changing one’s clothes when they are torn and old. It is not an end in itself. Yet death is unpredictable-you do not know when and howT it will take place.” – Dalai Lama

“To my mind, there are two things that, in life, you can do about death. Either you can choose to ignore it, in which case you may have some success in making the idea of it go away for a limited period of time, or you can confront the prospect of your own death and try to analyze it and, in so doing, try to minimize some of the inevitable suffering that it causes. Neither way can you actually overcome it.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Quotes on Peace

“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” – Dalai Lama

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just a mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ” – Dalai Lama

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – Dalai Lama

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” – Dalai Lama

“One of the basic points is kindness. With kindness, with love and compassion, with his feeling that is the essence of brotherhood, sisterhood, one will have inner peace. This compassionate feeling is the basis of inner peace.” – Dalai Lama

“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.” – Dalai Lama

“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” – Dalai Lama

“There needs to be understanding that anger never helps to solve a problem. It destroys our peace of mind and blinds our ability to think clearly. Anger and attachment are emotions that distort our view of reality.” – Dalai Lama

“The real destroyer of inner peace is fear and distrust. Fear develops frustration, frustration develops anger, anger develops violence.” – Dalai Lama

“I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion and elimination of ignorance, selfishness and greed.” – Dalai Lama

“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.” – Dalai Lama

“Without inner peace it is impossible to have world peace.” – Dalai Lama

“The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger, and so on, are human-created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share.” – Dalai Lama

“Peace starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.” – Dalai Lama

“The question of world peace, the question of family peace, the question of peace between wife and husband, or peace between parents and children, everything is dependent on that feeling of love and warmheartedness.” – Dalai Lama

“All forms of violence, especially war, are totally unacceptable as means to settle disputes between and among nations, groups and persons.” – Dalai Lama

“When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities.” – Dalai Lama

“Brute force, no matter how strongly applied, can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom.” – Dalai Lama

“Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of the curriculum, the indispensability of inner values: love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness.” – Dalai Lama

“Every morning when I wake up, I dedicate myself to helping others to find peace of mind. Then, when I meet people, I think of them as long term friends; I don’t regard others as strangers.” – Dalai Lama

“Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.” – Dalai Lama

“It is a question of our own peace and mental stability.” – Dalai Lama

“I am a steadfast follower of the doctrine of non-violence which was first preached by Lord Buddha, whose divine wisdom is absolute.” – Dalai Lama

“Without changing one’s self, without peace in one’s self, world peace is not possible.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Quotes on Humanity

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama

“The future will be in the hands of those of you who belong to the 21st century. You have the opportunity and responsibility to build a better humanity. This means developing warm-heartedness in this very life, here and now. So, do whatever work you do, but ask yourselves now and then, ‘How can I contribute to human beings being happier and more peaceful?’” – Dalai Lama

“We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity.” – Dalai Lama

“It’s unrealistic to think that the future of humanity can be achieved only on the basis of prayer; what we need is to take action.” – Dalai Lama

“If we can cultivate a concern for others, keeping in mind the oneness of humanity, we can build a more compassionate world.” – Dalai Lama

“Giving up attachment to the world does not mean that you set yourself apart from it. Generating a desire for others to be happy increases your humanity. As you become less attached to the world, you become more humane. As the very purpose of spiritual practice is to help others, you must remain in society.” – Dalai Lama

“Love and kindness are the very basis of society. If we lose these feelings, society will face tremendous difficulties; the survival of humanity will be endangered.” – Dalai Lama

“Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of humanity and the human family regardless of differences in religion, culture, color and creed. Deep down there is no difference.” – Dalai Lama

“‎In today’s materialistic world there is a risk of people becoming slaves to money, as though they were simply cogs in a huge money-making machine. This does nothing for human dignity, freedom, and genuine well-being. Wealth should serve humanity, and not the other way around.” – Dalai Lama

“If our tears do not lead us to act then we have lost the reason for our humanity, which is compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“Each one of us is responsible for the whole of humankind. We need to think of each other really as brothers and sisters and to be concerned for each other’s welfare. Rather than working solely to acquire wealth, we need to do something meaningful, something directed seriously towards the welfare of humanity as a whole.” – Dalai Lama

“I appreciate any organization or individual people who sincerely make an effort to promote harmony between humanity, and particularly harmony between the various religions. I consider it very sacred work and very important work” – Dalai Lama

“Concern yourselves more with the needs of others, with the needs of all humanity, and you’ll have peace of mind.” – Dalai Lama

“If each of us can learn to relate to each other more out of compassion, with a sense of connection to each other and a deep recognition of our common humanity, and more important, to teach this to our children, I believe that this can go a long way in reducing many of the conflicts and problems that we see today.” – Dalai Lama

“All beings come from a mother’s womb. We should have a clear realization of the oneness of all humanity.” – Dalai Lama

“The many factors which divide us are actually much more superficial than those we share. Despite all of the things that differentiate us – race, language, religion, gender, wealth and so on – we are all equal concerning our fundamental humanity.” – Dalai Lama

“Without technology humanity has no future, but we have to be careful that we don’t become so mechanised that we lose our human feelings.” – Dalai Lama

“Today we understand that the future of humanity very much depends on our planet, and that the future of the planet very much depends on humanity.” – Dalai Lama

“World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.” – Dalai Lama

“If you focus only on yourself and neglect others, you will lose; but you will gain if you value others as much as you cherish yourself.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Quotes on Kindness

“My message is the practice of compassion, love and kindness.” – Dalai Lama

“The practicing of loving kindness toward one’s enemy is the ultimate test of one’s own spiritual attainment.” – Dalai Lama

“The key point is kindness. With kindness one will have inner peace. Through inner peace, world peace can one day be a reality.” – Dalai Lama

“Kindness and a good heart are the foundation for success in this life, progress on the spiritual path, and the fulfillment of our aspirations. Our need for them is not limited to any specific time, place, society, or culture.” – Dalai Lama

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” – Dalai Lama

“More fundamental than religion is our basic human spirituality. We have a basic human disposition towards love, kindness and affection, irrespective of whether we have a religious framework or not. When we nurture this most basic human resource – when we set about cultivating those basic inner values which we all appreciate in others, then we start to live spiritually.” – Dalai Lama

“Mentally, physically and emotionally we are the same.” – Dalai Lama

“We each have the potential to be good and bad and to be overcome by disturbing emotions such as anger, fear, hatred, suspicion and greed. These emotions can be the cause of many problems.” – Dalai Lama

“On the other hand if you cultivate loving kindness, compassion and concern for others, there will be no room for anger, hatred and jealousy.” – Dalai Lama

“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness .” – Dalai Lama

“Our visit to this planet is short, so we should use our time meaningfully, which we can do by helping others wherever possible. And if we cannot help others, at least we should try not to create pain and suffering for them.” – Dalai Lama

“My Brain and My Heart are my Temples. My true Religion is Kindness.” – Dalai Lama

“Whether or not we follow any particular spiritual tradition, the benefits of love and kindness are obvious to anyone.” – Dalai Lama

“The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren’t born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others. For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities – warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful and more peaceful – happier.” – Dalai Lama

“I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have the right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect.” – Dalai Lama

“In daily practice, reflect on the benefits of love, compassion and kindness, then reflect on the disadvantages of anger. Such continuous contemplation, the growing appreciation of love, has the effect of reducing our inclination towards hatred and increasing our respect for love. By this means even anger can be diminished.” – Dalai Lama

“The essence of all religions is love, compassion and tolerance. Kindness is my true religion. No matter whether you are learned or not, whether you believe in the next life or not, whether you believe in God or Buddha or some other religion or not, in day-to-day life you must be a kind person.” – Dalai Lama

“Women have the capacity to lead us to a more peaceful world with compassion, affection, and kindness.” – Dalai Lama

“Love and compassion benefit both ourselves and others. Through kindness to others, your heart and mind will be peaceful and open.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Quotes on Health

“An affectionate disposition not only makes the mind more peaceful and calm, but it affects our body in a positive way too. On the other hand, hatred, jealousy and fear upset our peace of mind, make us agitated and affect our body adversely. Even our body needs peace of mind and is not suited to agitation. This shows that an appreciation for peace of mind is in our blood.” – Dalai Lama

“Compassion suits our physical condition, whereas anger, fear and distrust are harmful to our well-being. Therefore, just as we learn the importance of physical hygiene to physical health, to ensure healthy minds, we need to learn some kind of emotional hygiene.” – Dalai Lama

“Consider that not only do negative thoughts and emotions destroy our experience of peace, they also undermine our health.” – Dalai Lama

“Peace of mind is the basis of a healthy body and a healthy mind; so peace of mind, a calm mind, is very, very important.” – Dalai Lama

“Man surprised me most about humanity.Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” – Dalai Lama

“Those who have little interest in spirituality shouldn’t think that human inner values don’t apply to you. The inner peace of an alert and calm mind are the source of real happiness and good health. Our human intelligence tells us which of our emotions are positive and helpful and which are damaging and to be restrained or avoided.” – Dalai Lama

“Feelings of anger, bitterness, and hate are negative. If I kept those inside me, they would spoil my body and my health. They are of no use.” – Dalai Lama

“The ultimate source of a happy life is warm-heartedness. This means extending to others the kind of concern we have for ourselves. On a simple level we find that if we have a compassionate heart we naturally have more friends. And scientists today are discovering that while anger and hatred eat into our immune system, warm-heartedness and compassion are good for our health.” – Dalai Lama

“As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.” – Dalai Lama

“The various features and aspects of human life, such as longevity, good health, success, happiness, and so forth, which we consider desirable, are all dependent on kindness and a good heart.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Quotes on Happiness

“Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and look back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.” – Dalai Lama

“Our business is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama

“Happiness can be achieved through training the mind.” – Dalai Lama

“Happiness arises as a result of different causes and conditions. If you harm someone out of anger, you may feel some superficial satisfaction, but deep down you know it was wrong. Your confidence will be undermined. However, if you have an altruistic attitude, you’ll feel comfortable and confident in the presence of others.” – Dalai Lama

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.” – Dalai Lama

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama

“Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.” – Dalai Lama

“The key to human happiness lies within our own state of mind, and so too do the primary obstacles to that happiness.” – Dalai Lama

“It is our basic right to be a happy person, happy family, and eventually a happy world. That should be our goal.” – Dalai Lama

“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.” – Dalai Lama

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

“A heart full of love and compassion is the main source of inner strength, willpower, happiness, and mental tranquility.” – Dalai Lama

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” – Dalai Lama

“The more we think of others, the happier we are. The more we think of ourselves, the more suffering we feel.” – Dalai Lama

“If we have no inner peace, we deceive ourselves into thinking that comfort and prosperity will bring happiness.” – Dalai Lama

“When I meet people from other cultures I know that they too want happiness and do not want suffering, this allows me to see them as brothers and sisters.” – Dalai Lama

“A sense of concern for others gives our lives meaning; it is the root of all human happiness.” – Dalai Lama

“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

“Happiness is a state of mind. With physical comforts if your mind is still in a state of confusion and agitation, it is not happiness. Happiness means calmness of mind.” – Dalai Lama

“There are two kinds of satisfaction or happiness: one mainly through mental peace; another physical comfort.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Quotes on Compassion

“The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion and a concern for others.” – Dalai Lama

“If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able to develop compassion for others.” – Dalai Lama

“The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.” – Dalai Lama

“Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.” – Dalai Lama

“Anger cannot be overcome by anger. If someone is angry with you, and you show anger in return, the result is a disaster. On the other hand, if you control your anger and show its opposite – love, compassion, tolerance and patience – not only will you remain peaceful, but the other person’s anger will also diminish.” – Dalai Lama

“Compassion is something we can count on. Even if we face economic problems and our fortunes decline, we can still share our compassion with our fellow human beings. National and global economies are subject to many ups and downs, but through them all we can retain a compassionate attitude that will carry us through.” – Dalai Lama

“Every single being, even those who are hostile to us, is just as afraid of suffering as we are, and seeks happiness in the same way we do. Every person has the same right as we do to be happy and not to suffer. So let’s take care of others wholeheartedly, of both our friends and our enemies. This is the basis for true compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness. It is the practice of compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them — for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.” – 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

“If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.” – Dalai Lama

“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” – Dalai Lama

“Compassion automatically brings happiness and calmness. Then, even if you receive disturbing news, it will be easier to take, as your mind is still.” – Dalai Lama

“The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.” – Dalai Lama

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

“When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just our individual selves or some immediate convenience. When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions of the past, we gain strength to constructively solve the problems of the present.” – Dalai Lama

“A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.” – Dalai Lama

“I think technology really increased human ability, but technology cannot produce compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“Compassion and love give meaning to our activities and make them constructive.” – Dalai Lama

“Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” – Dalai Lama

“Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Quotes on Love

“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.” – Dalai Lama

“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” – Dalai Lama

“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.” – Dalai Lama

“Material progress and a higher standard of living bring us greater comfort and health, but do not lead to a transformation of the mind, which is the only thing capable of providing lasting peace. Profound happiness, unlike fleeting pleasures, is spiritual in nature. It depends on the happiness of others and it is based on love and affection.” – Dalai Lama

“Some people consider the practice of love and compassion is only related to religious practice and if they are not interested in religion they neglect these inner values. But love and compassion are qualities that human beings require just to live together.” – Dalai Lama

“The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.” – Dalai Lama

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” – Dalai Lama

“‎Interdependence is a fundamental law of nature. Even tiny insects survive by mutual cooperation based on innate recognition of their interconnectedness. It is because our own human existence is so dependent on the help of others that our need for love lies at the very foundation of our existence. Therefore we need a genuine sense of responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others.” – Dalai Lama

“Real love is not based on attachment, but on altruism. In this case, your compassion will remain as a humane response to suffering as long as beings continue to suffer.” – Dalai Lama

“One can overcome the forces of negative emotions, like anger and hatred, by cultivating their counter-forces, like love and compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“There should be a balance between material and spiritual progress, a balance achieved through the principles based on love and compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“Love is a simple practice yet it is very beneficial for the individual who practices it as well as for the community in which he lives, for the nation, and for the whole world.” – Dalai Lama

“Our love could change the orbit of the earth. So, if a meteor ever comes hurtling towards earth with the guarantee of destruction, top scientists may call on us to, well, you know, do it like crazy for the sake of humankind.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Quotes on Life

“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

“The point of life is happiness.” – Dalai Lama

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” – Dalai Lama

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” – Dalai Lama

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” – Dalai Lama

“If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.” – Dalai Lama

“Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.” – Dalai Lama

“If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” – Dalai Lama

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” – Dalai Lama

“If there is love, there is hope that one may have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace. If the love within your mind is lost and you see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education or material comfort you have, only suffering and confusion will ensue.” – Dalai Lama

“What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.” – Dalai Lama

“I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” – Dalai Lama

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” – Dalai Lama

“If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.” – Dalai Lama

“Our ancient experience confirms at every point that everything is linked together, everything is inseparable.” – Dalai Lama

Famous Dalai Lama Quotes

“Like a lamp, dispelling the darkness of ignorance.” – Dalai Lama

“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.” – Dalai Lama

“An eye for an eye….we are all blind.” – Dalai Lama

“Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well.” – Dalai Lama

“Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.” – Dalai Lama

“We need to learn how to want what we do NOT have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness.” – Dalai Lama

“Once a positive goal is chosen, you should decide to pursue it all the way to the end. Even if it is not realized, at least there will be no regret.” – Dalai Lama

“Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.” – Dalai Lama

“When selflessness is seen in objects, the seed of cyclic existence is destroyed.” – Dalai Lama

“The world has also learned that economic growth, by itself, cannot close the gap between rich and poor.” – Dalai Lama

“Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.” – Dalai Lama

“Self confidence plays an important part in every aspect of man’s life.” – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Quotes – FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about Dalai Lama quotes.

Tenzin Gyatso, known as the 14th Dalai Lama, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet.

While fighting for Tibet’s democracy, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression, and became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.

The Dalai Lama has received over 150 awards including honorary doctorates and prizes in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility, and compassion. He has also authored or co-authored more than 110 books.

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