Favorite Quotations ~† Dalai Lama Art of Happiness

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive." ~ Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Whether someone believes in God or not or rebirth or not doesn't matter, as long as one is a human being--a good human being.

True happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed.

It is in the inherent nature of human beings to yearn for freedom, equality and dignity. Brute force, no matter how strongly applied, can never subdue the basic desire for freedom and dignity.

I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction.

If you are mindful of death, it will not come as a surprise--you will not be anxious. You will feel that death is merely like changing clothes. Consequently, at that point you will be able to maintain your calmness of mind.

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend or a meaningful day.

Sleep is the best meditation.

The essence of all religions is love, compassion and tolerance. kindness is my true religion. The clear proof of a personís love of God is if that person genuinely shows love to fellow human beings.

When we face problems with compassion, sincerity and good motivation, our solutions may take longer, but ultimately they are better.

Now is the time when your action is practice.

I'm non-violent, but if a hawk comes down when I'm feeding my birds, I lose my temper and get my air rifle.

For monks and nuns, the practice of celibacy is not just a rule. Our target is to try and reduce negative emotions. Sexual desire and attachment are enjoyable, but act as a basis to anger, hatred and jealousy