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Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
– 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.
Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.
Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.
My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, introduce education about warm-heartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding.
I think really, China, Chinese, I think they really have a long history of civilization, rich culture.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.
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 yourself and others will come.
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.
I always say that people should not rush to change religions. There is real value in finding the spiritual resources you need in your home religion.
Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that’s important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.
World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.
Number of people have said to me, after hearing your thinking, their mind becomes much more happier.
I have done one thing that I think is a contribution: I helped Buddhist science and modern science combine. No other Buddhist has done that. Other lamas, I don’t think they ever pay attention to modern science. Since my childhood, I have a keen interest.
The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
Conversion is not my intention. Changing religion is not easy. You may develop some kind of confusion or difficulties.
The Chinese government wants me to say that for many centuries Tibet has been part of China. Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change past history. History is history.
There are techniques of Buddhism, such as meditation, that anyone can adopt. And, of course, there are Christian monks and nuns who already use Buddhist methods in order to develop their devotion, compassion, and ability to forgive.
There are techniques of Buddhism, such as meditation, that anyone can adopt.
Wherever I go meeting the public… spreading a message of human values, spreading a message of harmony, is the most important thing.
I think the self-burning itself on practice of non-violence. These people, you see, they easily use bomb explosive, more casualty people. But they didn’t do that. Only sacrifice their own life. So this also is part of practice of non-violence.
Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way – everything is interdependent, not absolute.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
Even when a person has all of life’s comforts – good food, good shelter, a companion – he or she can still become unhappy when encountering a tragic situation.
Of course, when I say that human nature is gentleness, it is not 100 percent so. Every human being has that nature, but there are many people acting against their nature, being false.
Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment.
In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.