Quote Archives: 14th Dalai Lama

Friendship ~ 14th Dalai Lama

When you are young, healthy, and strong, you sometimes can get the feeling that you are totally independent and do not need anyone else. But this is an illusion. Even at that prime age of your life, simply because you are a human being, you need friends, don’t you? 14th Dalai Lama

Merging of the ultimate meaning with the ultimate mind ~ 14th Dalai Lama

The only way to experience deep meditative equipoise and subsequent realization simultaneously, and to overcome [the] perception that the two truths are essentially different, is by bringing about that realization of emptiness at the subtle most level of consciousness. What is required is the merging of the ultimate meaning, which is emptiness, and the ultimate […]

Over-reacting ~ 14th Dalai Lama

We often add to our pain and suffering by being overly sensitive, over-reacting to minor things, and sometimes taking things too personally. 14th Dalai Lama

Transforming death, the intermediate state, and rebirth ~ 14th Dalai Lama

In order to train in the path that would allow us to transform death, the intermediate state, and rebirth, we have to practice on three occasions: during the waking state, during the sleeping state, and during the process of death. 14th Dalai Lama

Temples of Goodness and Compassion ~ 14th 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. 14th Dalai Lama

On human intelligence ~ 14th Dalai Lama

Human intelligence is the source of our problems. But it would be foolish to think that the solution is to reduce intelligence. There is only one way out: we must not let our intelligence be guided by negative and harmful emotions. It must be guided only by proper and positive motivation if it is to […]

Learning to open our hearts ~ 14th Dalai Lama

Recognizing our shared humanity and our biological nature as beings whose happiness is dependent on others, we learn to open our hearts, and in so doing we gain a sense of purpose and a sense of connection with those around us. 14th Dalai Lama

Spontaneity ~ 14th Dalai Lama

I feel much better when I am spontaneous, because it comes from the heart. 14th Dalai Lama

Blaming others ~ 14th Dalai Lama

When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. 14th Dalai Lama

The deeply interconnected nature of our existence ~ 14th Dalai Lama

At a fundamental level, as human beings, we are all the same; each one of us aspires to happiness and each one of us does not wish to suffer. This is why, whenever I have the opportunity, I try to draw people’s attention to what as members of the human family we have in common […]

Angry peace fighter ~ 14th Dalai Lama

If we ourselves remain angry and then sing world peace, it has little meaning. First, our individual self must learn peace. This we can practice. Then we can teach the rest of the world. 14th Dalai Lama

A good heart is needed ~ 14th Dalai Lama

We are not lacking in terms of the development of science and technology; still, we lack something here in the heart — a real inner warm feeling. A good heart is needed. 14th Dalai Lama

Living the way you want to live your life ~ 14th 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 […]

Starting to try seeing the nature of our mind ~ 14th Dalai Lama

If the first true fact is that life in general is not easy, we should certainly not expect that seeing the nature of our mind will be simple. The actual nature of mind, on any level, is not very obvious. Even to identify and recognize correctly what is mind is extremely difficult. Just to start […]

Patience ~ 14th Dalai Lama

Patience guards us against losing our presence of mind so we can remain undisturbed, even when the situation is really difficult. 14th Dalai Lama

Emptiness and non-existence ~ 14th Dalai Lama

The doctrines of emptiness and selflessness do not imply the non-existence of things. Things do exist. When we say that all phenomena are void of self-existence, it does not mean that we are advocating non-existence, that we are repudiating that things exist. Then what is it we are negating? We are negating, or denying, that […]

The very purpose of religion ~ 14th 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. 14th Dalai Lama

Removing the obstructions to omniscience ~ 14th Dalai Lama

A consciousness that conceives of inherent existence does not have a valid foundation. A wise consciousness, grounded in reality, understands that living beings and other phenomena—minds, bodies, buildings, and so forth—do not inherently exist. This is the wisdom of emptiness. Understanding reality exactly opposite to the misconception of inherent existence, wisdom gradually overcomes ignorance. Remove […]

Kindness and compassion ~ 14th 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. 14th Dalai Lama

Concern for our whole environment ~ 14th Dalai Lama

I feel that we should not only maintain gentle, peaceful relations with our fellow human beings but also that is very important to extend the same kind of attitude toward the natural environment. Morally speaking, we should be concerned for our whole environment. 14th Dalai Lama