The Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Here is a list of excerpts from many of the Dalai Lama’s speeches and books:
Unless our minds are stable and calm, no matter how comfortable our physical condition may be, they will give us no pleasure. Therefore, the key to a happy life, now and in the future, is to develop a happy mind. -”The True Expression of Nonviolence is Compassion”

We are trying to get peace or happiness from outside, from money or power. But real peace, tranquillity, should come from within. -Address, 1984

I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor idealogy affect 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. Hence we should devote our most serious efforts to bring about mental peace. -”Disarmament, Peace, and Compassion

Our goal is happiness. And I believe that the very purpose of life is happiness. Whether we believe in a previous life or not, whether we believe in a next life or not, the very existence of this life I feel is meant for happiness. -Address, 1995

A good mind, a good heart, warm feelings-these are the most important things. If you don’t have such a good mind, you yourself cannot function. You cannot be happy, and so also your own kin, your own mate or children, or neighbors and so forth won’t be happy either -Address, 1981
Love is the center of human life.-Address, 1981

Without love we could not survive. Human beings are social creatures, and a concern for each other is the very basis of our life together.-”The True Expression of Nonviolence is Compassion”

The key to creating a better and more peaceful world is the development of love and compassion for others.-”Human Rights and Universal Responsibility”

One of the basic points is kindness. With kindness, with love and compassion, with this feeling that is the essence of brotherhood, sisterhood, one will have inner peace.-Address, 1981

Compassion is, by nature, peaceful and gentle, but it is also very powerful. It is the true sign of inner strength.-Address, 1992

Books:
The Way To Freedom (online version)

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