Over 90 The 14th Dalai Lama Love Quotes and other Sayings
#1 Quoted in A Small Drop of Ink: A Collection of Inspirational and Moving Quotations of the Ages, 2003, Linda Pendleton
1. Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
#2 Nobel Lecture, 11 December 1989
2. When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
3. No material object, however beautiful or valuable, can make us feel loved.
#4 The Essential Dalai Lama: His Important Teachings, Rajiv Mehrotra
4. Loving oneself is crucial. If we do not love ourselves, how can we love others?
5. Ultimately the important point to keep in mind is that the whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, forgiveness and so on.
#6 The Compassionate Life
6. We all share an identical need for love, and on the basis of this commonality, 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 or 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.
7. The need for love lies at the very foundation of human existence.
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 The 14th Dalai Lama
#1 Especially for Christians: Powerful Thought-provoking Words from the Past, 2005, Mark Alton Rose
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 Twitter, 26 June 2017
2. Compassion brings us peace of mind. It brings a smile to our face and genuine smiles bring us closer together.
#3 Twitter, 08 May 2017
3. If in day to day life you lead a good life, honestly, with love, compassion, and less selfishness, then automatically you will find peace.
#4 Twitter, 31 March 2017
4. We can make this a more peaceful century if we cherish non-violence and concern for others’ well-being.
#5 Quoted in Meditations for Living In Balance: Daily Solutions for People Who Do Too Much, 2000, Anne Wilson Schaef
5. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
#6 Your Emotional Fitness: Everything You Need to Know to Live a Life of Abundance. Balboa Press. pp. 173
6. There is a saying in Tibetan that “at the door of the miserable rich man sleeps the contented beggar”. The point of this saying is not that poverty is a virtue, but that happiness does not come with wealth, but from setting limits to one’s desires, and living within those limits with satisfaction.
#7 Tibet’s Living Buddha, Pico Iyer, p. 32
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.
#8-9 The Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness, 1990, Kindness and Compassion
8. 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. (p. 52)
9. 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. (p. 47)
#10 The Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness, 1990, Living Sanely
10. Further, 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. (p. 99)
#11 The Path to Enlightenment
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 pure perception of them, and when we speak of others only speak of their good qualities. (p. 114)
#12 Facebook, 31 March 2017