Dalai Lama Love Quotes and Sayings

Dalai Lama Love Quotes and Sayings

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Over 90 Dalai Lama quotes on love and other Sayings

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

2. When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and care for, but it also helps us develop inner happiness and peace.

3. Love is the absence of judgment.

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

5. The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.

6. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

7. The more you are motivated by Love, the more Fearless & free your action will be.

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

9. 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. No matter how new the face or how different the dress and behavior, there is no significant division between us and other people. It is foolish to dwell on external differences, because our basic natures are the same.

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

11. Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.

12. Loving oneself is crucial. If we do not love ourselves, how can we love others.

13. No material object, however beautiful can make us feel loved.

14. If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others.


Excerpt from Wikipedia: The Dalai Lama is a lineage of religious officials of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. “Lama” is a general term referring to Tibetan Buddhist teachers. In religious terms, the Dalai Lama is believed by his devotees to be the rebirth of a long line of tulkus who descend from the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. Traditionally, His Holiness is thought of as the latest reincarnation of a series of spiritual leaders who have chosen to be reborn in order to enlighten others. The Dalai Lama is often thought to be the director of the Gelug School, but this position belongs officially to the Ganden Tripa, which is a temporary position appointed by the Dalai Lama (who in practice exerts much influence).

Sayings by Dalai Lama

1. All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.

2. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

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

4. If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.

5. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

6. It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.

7. 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.

8. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.

9. We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

10. 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.

11. To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in somebody else. Rather than speaking badly about people and in ways that will produce friction and unrest in their lives, we should practice a purer perception of them, and when we speak of others, speak of their good qualities.

12. The very purpose of our life is Happiness.

13. Compassion is something really worthwhile. It is not just a religious or spiritual subject, not a matter of ideology. It is not a luxury, it is a necessity.

14. Giving material goods is one form of generosity, but one can extend an attitude of generosity into all one’s behavior. Being kind, attentive, and honest in dealing with others, offering praise where it is due, giving comfort and advice where they are needed, and simply sharing one’s time with someone – all these are forms of generosity, and they do not require any particular level of material wealth.

15. Disturbing emotions not only disturb our own state of mind, they also disturb the minds of others. Self-centredness gives rise to fear and insecurity, which in turn creates distrust. This is why having an altruistic attitude brings a great sense of happiness and peace of mind.

16. 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.

17. Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.

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

19. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

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

21. 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.

22. Silence is sometimes the best answer.

23. Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.

24. Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.

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

26. 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.

27. This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.

28. Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.

29. 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.

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

31. 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.

32. Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.

33. 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.

34. 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?

35. World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.

36. A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.


No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country
Is spent developing the mind
Instead of the heart
Be compassionate
Not just to your friends
But to everyone
Be compassionate
Work for peace
In your heart and in the world
Work for peace
And I say again
Never give up
No matter what is going on around you
Never give up

38. 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.

39. The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.

40. Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility…without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.

41. 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.

42. If we think only of ourselves, forget about other people, then our minds occupy very small area. Inside that small area, even tiny problem appears very big. But the moment you develop a sense of concern for others, you realize that, just like ourselves, they also want happiness; they also want satisfaction. When you have this sense of concern, your mind automatically widens. At this point, your own problems, even big problems, will not be so significant. The result? Big increase in peace of mind. So, if you think only of yourself, only your own happiness, the result is actually less happiness. You get more anxiety, more fear.

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

44. 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.

45. 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.

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

47. Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.

48. Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.

49. 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!

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

51. Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventure, and for hides and furs is a phenomena which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging is such acts of brutality.

52. The ultimate source of my mental happiness is my peace of mind. Nothing can destroy this except my own anger.

53. We need to strengthen such inner values as contentment, patience and tolerance, as well as compassion for others. Keeping in mind that it is expressions of affection rather than money and power that attract real friends, compassion is the key to ensuring our own well-being.

54. If we are demoralized, sad and only complain, we’ll not solve our problems. If we only pray for a solution, we’ll not solve our problems. We need to face them, to deal with them without violence, but with confidence – and never give up. If you adopt a non-violent approach, but are also hesitant within, you’ll not succeed. You have to have confidence and keep up your efforts – in other words, never give up.

55. 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.

56. I consider non-violence to be compassion in action. It doesn’t mean weakness, cowering in fear, or simply doing nothing. It is to act without violence, motivated by compassion, recognising the rights of others.

57. Peace does not come through prayer, we human beings must create peace.

58. The ultimate source of happiness is our mental attitude.

59. It is far more useful to be aware of a single shortcoming in ourselves than it is to be aware of a thousand in somebody else.

60. Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself.

61. Internal peace is an essential first step to achieving peace in the world.

62. You are the seeds of a better future.

63. Practicing forgiveness does not mean accepting wrong doing.

64. In order to carry out a positive action we must first develop a positive vision.

65. It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives.

66. Creating a better, more compassionate world is a genuine possibility. The potential is there.

67. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

68. A sense of contentment is a key factor for attaining happiness.

69. The past can’t be changed but the future is ours to shape if we make the effort.

70. Happiness never decreased by being shared.

71. You can’t help someone just by making a wish to do so, you have to take action.

72. A mind wishing to benefit other people and other sentient beings is the very basis of peace and happiness.

73. Never think that being kind to others is an invitation to them to exploit you.

74. When I wake up in the morning I make a wish to be useful to others.

75. Without your own effort, it is impossible for blessings to come.

76. The ultimate source of comfort and peace is within ourselves.

77. Peace in the world relies on individuals finding inner peace.

78. Good things do not happen of their own accord, we have to make them happen.

79. You can’t buy inner peace or wisdom with money. You have to create them within yourself.

80. Be a good human being, a warmhearted, affectionate person. That is my fundamental belief.

81. In you lies the hope of creating a better future for the world.

82. We have to make an effort if we want a peaceful, more compassionate world.

83. We each have a role to play in creating a climate for genuine peace.

84. In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.

85. If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.

86. As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all beings.

87. Harmony among the major faiths has become an essential ingredient of peaceful coexistence in our world. From this perspective, mutual understanding among these traditions is not merely the business of religious believers — it matters for the welfare of humanity as a whole.

88. Be calm, pacify your agitated mind, let go of stress.

89. Good result, happy result, depends entirely on good action.

90. Compassion is the seed of inner peace and we all have the same potential.

91. What holds society together is a concern for others.

92. We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. You always have the choice.

93. I am not promoting Buddhism. I am promoting human values.

94. As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.

#95 Dalai Lama on Compassion

95. From my own limited experience I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion.

96. Change starts with us as individuals. If one individual becomes more compassionate it will influence others and so we will change the world.

#97 The New York Times: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded (The Dalai Lama and Arthur C. Brooks), 04 November 2016

97. Everyone has something valuable to share. We should start each day by consciously asking ourselves, “What can I do today to appreciate the gifts that others offer me?”

#98 Twitter, 27 January 2017

98. Inner peace helps sustain good health, gives rise to happy individuals, happy families, happy communities and ultimately a happy humanity.

#99 Twitter, 09 February 2017

99. Be a kind and compassionate person. This is the inner beauty that is a key factor to making a better world.

#100 Twitter, 31 March 2017

100. We can make this a more peaceful century if we cherish non-violence and concern for others’ well-being.

#101 Twitter, 08 May 2017

101. If in day to day life you lead a good life, honestly, with love, compassion, and less selfishness, then automatically you will find peace.

The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Compassion: The Essential Teachings: His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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