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  • Self satisfaction alone cannot determine if a desire or action is positive or negative. The demarcation between a positive and a negative desire or action is not whether it gives you a immediate feeling of satisfaction, but whether it ultimately results in positive or negative consequences.
    (Dalai Lama, "The Art of Happiness")

  • We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness
    (Dalai Lama, "The Art of Happiness")

  • Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
    (Dalai Lama)

  • We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one's own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.
    (Dalai Lama)

  • In the case of Tibet versus China, violence is almost like suicide, ... If violence, then bloodshed. Bloodshed means more casualties among the Chinese and, again, more hatred.
    (Dalai Lama)


  • The time has come to think, to try to find a solution through dialogue based on mutual respect.
    (Dalai Lama)

  • Self-discipline, although difficult, and not always easy while combating negative emotions, should be a defensive measure. At least we will be able to prevent the advent of negative conduct dominated by negative emotion. That is 'shila', or moral ethics. Once we develop this by familiarizing ourselves with it, along with mindfulness and conscientiousness, eventually that pattern and way of life will become a part of our own life.
    (Dalai Lama)

  • China still practices harsh measures and policies towards Tibetan people. I met many educated people from Tibet who voiced their grievances to me and they all say the same thing.
    (Dalai Lama)

  • We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don't make peace with ourselves. World peace must develop out of inner peace.
    (Dalai Lama)

  • I agree that the fear of American cultural imperialism is shared by many people, and I agree with your point about the invasive nature of television culture. But I wouldn't draw the next inference that this is negative and therefore it must be stopped. I feel that one should address this influence in a way that takes away the negative edge through a positive counter-response. This way, you reinforce and reaffirm your conviction in the inner values. You harness those beliefs and develop them with a greater degree of self-awareness. That's the kind of response people should have, instead of rejecting technology.
    (Dalai Lama)

  • If there is love, there is hope to have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace. If the love within your mind is lost, if you continue to see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education you have, no matter how much material progress is made, only suffering and confusion will ensue.
    (Dalai Lama)

  • Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on.
    (Dalai Lama)

  • We must follow nonviolent principle so that later we can live happily.
    (Dalai Lama)

  • I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share.
    (Dalai Lama)

  • Not only is this the greatest achievement of Taiwan's democracy, it is also the pride of Taiwan,
    (Dalai Lama)


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