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Dalai Lama Quotes

Dalai Lama Leadership

Dalai Lama quotes: here’s what His Holiness has said that’s valuable for entrepreneurs.

“In order to become prosperous, a person must initially work very hard, so he or she has to sacrifice a lot of leisure time.”

“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.”

“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.”

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

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”

“Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings isolation.  Result: loneliness, fear, anger.  The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.”

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

“In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.”

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

“Technology really increased human ability.  But technology cannot produce compassion.”

“An open heart is an open mind.”

“Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless.  Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor.  If we lose that, then there is no future.”

“I describe myself as a simple Buddhist monk.  No more, no less.”

“Human potential is the same for all.  Your feeling, ‘I am of no value,’ is wrong.  Absolutely wrong.  You are deceiving yourself.  We all have the power of thought.  So what are you lacking?  If you have willpower, then you can change anything.”

“As you breathe in, cherish yourself.  As you breathe out, cherish all beings.”

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

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear.  It is just like the days.  An old day passes, a new day arrives.  The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend, or a meaningful day.”

“Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.”

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

“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?”

“My desire to devolve authority has nothing to do with a wish to shirk responsibility.”

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

“A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries.  Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man’s wisdom… even if he associates with a sage.”

“Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.”

“Look at children.  Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking, they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do.  Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside?  Children don’t usually act in such a manner.  If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished.  They can still play with that person the following day.”

“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.”

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

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

“The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life.  It should be something useful, something good.”

“In order to carry a positive action we must develop a positive vision.”

“To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible.  If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant.  What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.”

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”

“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways: either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.  Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.”

“Share your knowledge.  It is a way to achieve immortality.”

“Sleep is the best meditation.”

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

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

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

“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.”

“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 energy 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.'”

“Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.  And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

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

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

“Compassion is the radicalism of our time.”

“When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more.  Your desire can never be satisfied.  But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes, I already have everything that I really need.'”

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

“The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.”

“I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.”

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

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

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

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.  Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

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

“There is a saying in Tibetan: ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’  No matter what sort of difficulties or how painful an experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

“Silence is sometimes the best answer.”

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

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

You know what most people do when they make it to the end of the Dalai Lama’s wisdom?  They check out Bruce Lee’s quotes.

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