Quote Archives: 14th Dalai Lama

Re-awakened ~ 14th Dalai Lama

Rigpa awareness, or Samantabhadra, is a primordially enlightened state, a quality of buddhahood that we all possess from beginningless time. However, this primordial quality of buddhahood is obscured by adventitious mental factors, our afflictions and other thought processes. Through practice, this primordial quality of buddhahood manifests. That is why, when all of the adventitious stains […]

From within oneself ~ 14th Dalai Lama

Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself. It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer. 14th Dalai Lama

Genuine compassion ~ 14th Dalai Lama

Compassion involves a feeling of closeness to others, a respect and affection that is not based on others’ attitude toward us. We tend to feel affection for people who are important to us. That kind of close feeling does not extend to our enemies—those who think ill of us. Genuine compassion, on the other hand, […]

Lasting peace ~ 14th 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 […]

On perception ~ 14th Dalai Lama

On the whole, we naturally tend to trust our everyday perceptions; we assume their validity without it even occurring to us to question them. We naïvely believe that the way we perceive things is identical with the way things are. And so, because events and things, including the self, appear to have objective reality, we […]

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