Dalai Lama

Tibet
Born on 6 Jul 1935
Spiritual Leader

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We Are Basically Good (1)

All of us, all human beings, are basically inclined or disposes toward what we perceive to be good. Whatever we do, we do because we think it will be of some benefit. At the same time, we all appreci...
Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

Cultivate Compassion (2)

Some people think that cultivating compassion is good for others but not necessarily for themselves, but this is wrong. You are the one who benefits most directly since compassion immediately instill...
How to See Yourself As You Really Are

Approach Others with Compassion (3)

If you approach others with the thought of compassion, that will automatically reduce fear and allow an openness with other people. It creates a positive, friendly atmosphere. With that attitude, you...
The Art of Happiness

The Inner Qualities (4)

We all appreciate in others the inner qualities of kindness, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, and generosity, and in the same way we are all averse to displays of greed, malice, hatred, and bigotry....
Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

A Universal Approach to Ethics (5)

For a considerable portion of humanity today, it is possible and indeed likely that one's neighbor, one's colleague, or one's employer will have a different mother tongue, eat different food, and fol...
Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

Reset Our Priorities (6)

When life becomes too complicated and we feel overwhelmed, itís often useful just to stand back and remind ourselves of our overall purpose, our overall goal. When faced with a feeling of stagnation ...
The Art of Happiness

Training for Change (7)

No matter what activity or practice we are pursuing, there isn't anything that isn't made easier through constant familiarity and training. Through training, we can change; we can transform ourselves...
The Art of Happiness

Every Minute is Something Precious (8)

Sometimes when I meet old friends, it reminds me how quickly time passes. And it makes me wonder if we've utilized our time properly or not. Proper utilization of time is so important. While we have ...
The Art of Happiness

We Are All the Same (9)

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 ...
Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World's Religions Can Come Together

A Sense of Concern for Others (10)

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 conc...
The Wisdom of Forgiveness


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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays