Dalai Lama: 10 Essential Quotes to Stir the Heart

10 Essential Dalai Lama Quotes

The Dalai Lama is one of the most respected world leaders of this century. A man in exile without a country, he has embraced the world as his home, and has promoted world peace with acts of non-violence. His mission is to spread the wisdom of hope and peace to wherever he travels.

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Below is a curated collection of what I consider to be the best, most essential Dalai Lama quotes for the ardent follower, as well as for the individual just becoming acquainted with his wisdom.


Wings to fly…

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


The goal…

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



“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”



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



“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”



“A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man´s wisdom even if he associates with a sage.”



“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”



“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.”



“Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or nonbelieving, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference.”



“One great question underlies our experience, whether we think about it or not: what is the purpose of life? . . . From the moment of birth every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affects this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. . . Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.”



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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