The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.
Wisdom sets you free; beliefs put you in a prison.
Knowledge might be good, but wisdom is wonderful.
I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.
The more honest you are, the more open, the less fear you will have, because there's no anxiety about being exposed or revealed to others.
The best way to find out what you really want is to find out what gives you true happiness.
Meditation isn’t what most people think,’ she said. ‘You’re meditating right now, in the way that you’re focused on what I’m saying. If your mind was somewhere else—if you were thinking about the Saints game or what you might have for dessert—that’s not meditation. You have to be here, now. Inhabit the present moment, because that’s the only way to find lasting happiness. If you think happiness is somewhere out there, you’ll spend your whole life chasing it, and once you find something that looks like happiness, it will change without warning. You have to accept yourself as you are, happy to be breathing, to be present in this moment.
It turned out this man worked for the Dalai Lama. And she said gently-that they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born-and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible.
War can condition a person to be resilient, tolerant, dependable, strong, and capable of so much more than one who had experienced nothing of it; it can bring out the very best in us, but also the very worst. Where is it, I ask, the proper conduit through which a soldier should be raised from whence they would become an upstanding citizen of the world, instead of a single country?
For success, doing is not enough. We must love what we do.
I can’t run more than two miles at a time, but when I am in the car I become a running machine.
Don’t wait longer. It is always the right time for the right action.
I became the Dalai Lama not on a volunteer basis.
I never dreamt, in my dream, I'm Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama is just a temporal leader of Tibet.
I've got a letter from the Dalai Lama at home.