Born Lhamo Dhondup on July 6, 1935, the 14th Dalai Lama is Tibet’s spiritual leader. When he was 2, he was recognized as the reincarnate custodian of the 13th Dalai Lama. He was officially chosen as the 14th Dalai Lama in 1939. The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet.
His religious studies started at age 6, then by the time he was 15, the Dalai Lama assumed political duties after China’s invasion of Tibet in 1950. During the Tibetan rebellion in 1959 and the Chinese military’s suppression of the uprising, he was forced to escape to India. He continues to be Tibet’s most influential spiritual leader while living there in exile.
Since then, the Dalai Lama has committed his life to the pursuit of freedom, equality, and compassion. He actively supports humanitarian and environmental causes, advocating for women’s rights, nonviolence, and peaceful dialogues between nations. He also continues to call for Tibet’s independence, the welfare of Tibetans, and the protection of their culture.
The Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the US Congressional Gold Medal in 2006. He has also written several best-selling books that reflect his teachings. For all his work to achieve global peace, the Dalai Lama is one of the world’s most respected and beloved spiritual and political leaders – truly an inspiration to us all.
Here are 30 Dalai Lama quotes to inspire you to practice kindness.
Inspirational Dalai Lama Quotation
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. – Dalai Lama
Compassion is the radicalism of our time. – Dalai Lama
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view. – Dalai Lama
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. – Dalai Lama
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent. – Dalai Lama
The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness. – Dalai Lama
A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering. – Dalai Lama
Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck. – Dalai Lama
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. – Dalai Lama
Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can. – Dalai Lama
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self. – Dalai Lama
I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted. – Dalai Lama
If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever. – Dalai Lama
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – Dalai Lama
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – Dalai Lama
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Never give up. No matter what is going on, never give up. Develop the heart. Too much energy in your country, is spent developing the mind instead of the heart. Be compassionate. Not just to your friends, but to everyone. Be compassionate. Work for peace; in your heart and in the world. Work for peace, and I say again, never give up. No matter what is going on around you… Never give up. – Dalai Lama
Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. – Dalai Lama
There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster. – Dalai Lama
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. – Dalai Lama
We need to learn to want what we have, not to have what we want, in order to get stable and steady happiness. – Dalai Lama
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle. – Dalai Lama
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. – Dalai Lama
Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively. – Dalai Lama
It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others. – Dalai Lama
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. – Dalai Lama
Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek. – Dalai Lama
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. – Dalai Lama
Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality. – Dalai Lama
It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both. – Dalai Lama
Share these 30 Dalai Lama quotes to inspire your family and friends to live a kind and grateful life.