The most important components of the Buddhist spiritual path are wisdom and compassion. Just as a bird needs two wings to fly, so a spiritual practitioner in the Buddhist tradition needs both wisdom and compassion to make the flight. Having one without the other doesn’t quite let us understand the fullness of what spiritual practice is. On the one hand, wisdom allows us to truly feel our hearts and minds and, ultimately, the nature of reality. On the other hand, compassion allows us to recognize our deepest connection to all living beings. But only when we combine wisdom and compassion can we create the perfect balance between stillness and movement, emptiness and fullness. Dalai Lama Quotes are great thought-provoking tools that can help us to find this balance.
The 14th Dalai Lama Life
Today his Holiness considers himself an ordinary Buddhist monk and lives a simple life. He wakes up at 4 am, meditates, prays and follows a strict schedule of official audiences, meetings, religious ceremonies, and teachings. He ends his day with a prayer. Also, the 14th Dalai Lama travels a lot, he is engaged in religious activity, he is the author of many books, philosophical treatises, and sayings.
The 14th Dalai Lama Mission
His Holiness expressed his mission in this embodiment in this way:
- Universal values: to bring patience, compassion, self-discipline, the ability to be content with little and forgive.
- Interreligious harmony: finding mutual understanding between different religions and beliefs, because they all have one goal – to bring up good and kind people.
- Tibet: work to preserve the Buddhist culture of their homeland, peace, and nonviolence.
Dalai Lama Quotes And Sayings
The Dalai Lama knows firsthand what is the secret of boundless happiness and how a person can achieve balance. According to Tibetan beliefs, there is nothing more important in life than peace and harmony in the soul. Only by finding them, you can see all the delights of this planet and achieve the desired harmony. By reading, listening and meditating on his insightful words, you will discover the key to understanding yourself, others, nature and the world.
Thought-Provoking Dalai Lama Quotes
Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
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.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man’s wisdom even if he associates with a sage.
In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.
We need to learn to want what we have, not to have what we want, in order to get stable and steady happiness.
When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.
Follow the three R’s: – Respect for self. – Respect for others. – Responsibility for all your actions.
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.