The Dalai Lama’s life wisdom is remarkable because it elevates compassion and kindness above all other qualities.
The Dalai Lama is one of the most inspiring spiritual teachers alive today. He is the highest religious authority of Tibetan Buddhism or Lamaísmo and is considered the reincarnation of the Buddha.
Throughout his life, he made numerous reflections that allow us to reflect on different aspects of life and the surrounding reality.
For his life’s work and virtues, he has been awarded numerous medals, of which the Nobel Peace Prize confirms his strength and morality.
That’s why in this article I have compiled 75 life wisdoms of the Dalai Lama to better understand concepts such as life, love, inner peace and kindness.
Wisdom of the Dalai Lama
1. Every day when you wake up, think: Today I feel happy to be alive, I have a precious human life, I will not waste it.
This expression reflects the will to live our lives while using the time we have. Life can be wonderful, and we should be happy to enjoy it.
2. An eye for an eye and in the end we will all be blind.
Revenge leads to nothing good. You will not repair your window by smashing the window of the one who broke yours.
3. Happiness is not something finished. It comes from your own actions.
Stop looking for happiness as if it were an object hidden somewhere that needs to be found. Do your best to create your own happiness out of what you have.
4. Our main goal in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least you shouldn’t harm them.
Helping others and making the world a better place is paramount, and if we are unable to do so, we should at least try not to harm everything.
5. Never hurt others. Just as you feel affection when you look at a loved one, your goodness should encompass all living beings.
Every human being, but also every living being, deserves your respect and kindness.
6. Regardless of the hard times and difficulties we have gone through, our greatest misfortune is when we lose our hope.
This saying encourages us not to despair and look for a reason to keep going no matter what.
7. Tragedies should be used as a source of empowerment.
In life, great tragedies will occur and many moments of pain and suffering. We must try to be strong and learn from our mistakes. Bad moments are the source of all our strengths.
8. There are only two days a year when there is nothing you can do. One is called yesterday and the other tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, work and above all to live.
All we really have is the moment we are in right now.
9. A good friend who points out our mistakes and imperfections and warns us of evil should be guarded like a secret treasure.
Even if it is not nice to point out our shortcomings, a true friend is someone who knows how to point out our weaknesses to us.
These life wisdoms of the Dalai Lama teach us not only how to achieve our inner peace, but also how to contribute to the creation of peace throughout the planet.
10. We will never create peace in the world until we are at peace with ourselves.
We must love and respect ourselves if we want to convey these feelings to the world. If we are not at peace with ourselves, we cannot establish peace in the world.
The Dalai Lama has always inspired us with his life and wisdom, so we continue to be inspired by his wisdom today.
11. Tolerance and patience are much stronger and more effective than mere indifference.
Tolerance is not synonymous with disinterest. We do not bring change to the world through disinterest. Showing tolerance to others means acknowledging the situation or the person and can bring about a significant improvement.
12. No human being can survive alone, without community.
We all bralso help and support from someone. Without cooperation, we are truly powerless.
13. Deceptions and impurities of the mind cause the greatest damage and are the greatest enemies of all living beings.
We have to constantly work on ourselves and broaden our horizons. Only in this way can we spread peace.
14. It is very difficult to achieve peace and happiness when we are filled with competitive spirit and hatred. That is why a life filled with love is very, very important and precious to the whole of human society.
Love is always the best answer to hatred.
15. Truth is the best guarantor and true foundation of freedom and democracy.
Without truth, there can be no just society with all the necessary freedoms.
16. The purpose of religion is not to build beautiful churches and temples, but to cultivate positive qualities such as tolerance, generosity, and love.
Sometimes people lose sight of this true value. Never stop striving for tolerance, generosity and love.
17. The way to change the minds of others begins with affection, not anger.
Hatred does not produce good, but destroys good. If we want to change the world or others, we must start with understanding and love.
18. Wisdom is like an arrow. A calm mind is the bow that shoots it.
This metaphor alludes to the fact that wisdom can only be achieved through serenity and acceptance.
19. There is no point in being bound exclusively to this life, for however much it may be, we cannot live longer than a certain number of years. So it doesn’t matter how much wealth or resources we accumulate in this life. At the time of death, it will not help us.
We must accept our own mortality and use it to make our lives as meaningful as possible.
The Dalai Lama’s life wisdom is remarkable because it elevates compassion and kindness above all other qualities.
20. A disciplined mind leads to happiness and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering
The ability to discipline will allow us to be consistent and fight for what we want, as well as overcome losses.
21. If we are too proud, we will become prey to jealousy and anger, and we will treat others with contempt. The only thing we achieve then is that misfortune reigns over us.
This expression warns us against pride as an element that can cause us to no longer value others.
22. Anger or hatred is like a hook. It is very important for us to make sure that we are not caught by him.
Expressing anger or hatred on a particular occasion may seem like a necessity to us. However, we must stay away from such emotions, because they are very harmful to the people around us, but also to ourselves.
23. A spoon cannot taste the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish person cannot understand the wisdom of the sage, even if he is with a sage.
This quote shows how important it is to carefully select the people with whom we share our daily lives. Some people we can’t change because they don’t want to.
24. Since we all share this planet Earth with each other, we must learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not only a beautiful dream, but a necessity.
The Dalai Lama points out that it is necessary to create peace in a world where we all live together. We need to understand and learn from each other if we want to live a meaningful and deep life.
25. It is much better to treat, understand, and strive to serve humanity than to criticize and destroy.
Similar to the previous sentence, this shows that it is more useful, effective and positive to unite with love than with hate.
26. Home is a place where you feel comfortable.
Home is not a building or a place. It’s about the place where you feel like you belong, about a series of circumstances that make you feel loved, welcome, accepted and safe.
27. Death is the same for each of us. This applies to the wealthy as well as to the wild animals.
Despite the obvious differences in society and in life in general, we are all ultimately the same and have the same goal.
28. When you change yourself, you change the whole world.
Changing ourselves can be a complex process, but it allows us to change our relationship with the world, and so in turn we can change the world.
29. Even if we have physical obstacles, we can be very happy.
Happiness does not depend on simple things, not even on the fact that we are healthy. We can become happy no matter what happens and what complex situations we find ourselves in.
The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent resistance to Chinese occupation and his wisdom of life.
30. When a person is generous with the intention of receiving something in return, he does not act as a sublime being.
If a man is generous, with the intention of getting something in return, then he does not act as an enlightened being. Such generosity is not true generosity because it acts in the background of selfishness or necessity.
31. Where ignorance is the teacher, there is no possibility of true peace.
True peace comes from understanding the other. Ignorance prevents us from fully accepting the other because it creates fear so that hostility can arise.
32. Success and failure depend on wisdom and intelligence, which can never be achieved under the influence of anger.
The results of our actions depend on how we deal with all situations. This is complicated by the influence of anger.
33. Even animals that you respect gradually develop love for you. How can you build a friendship if you constantly show an evil face?
This sentence teaches us that it is important to show our affection because it allows the development of a good relationship and even a friendship.
34. Time passes inexorably. If we make mistakes, we can’t turn back the clock and try again. All we can do is make good use of the present.
Mistakes are normal, but we need to correct them and try not to repeat them.
35. If you lose a fight, don’t lose the lesson you can learn from it.
Every mistake and every defeat is an opportunity to learn something new.
36. Man is ready to endure all suffering as long as he knows his purpose in this world.
A person may be willing to suffer, but this suffering only makes sense if he knows its purpose.
37. I defeat my enemies by making them my friends.
Anyone, but really anyone, can become our friend. All it takes is patience and understanding.
38. One may solve one problem by force, but one sows the seeds of another.
Violence is never the solution. No problem is solved in the long run by the use of force.
39. In the greatest need lies the greatest potential to do good, both for oneself and for others.
Difficult moments are also the biggest tests in which we can show how far we have really come.
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It seems that the world would be a beautiful place to live if we followed the Dalai Lama’s life wisdom.
40. Compassion naturally creates a positive atmosphere, and as a result, one feels peaceful and satisfied.
Without compassion, it is not possible to achieve inner peace or world peace.
41. Inner peace is key: When you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility. Without this inner peace, no matter how pleasant your life is materially, you can still be worried, worried, or unhappy about the circumstances.
The Dalai Lama regards inner peace as the source of happiness and contentment of every human being.
42. We must learn to want what we have, NOT to have what we want in order to achieve lasting and stable happiness.
Greed and materialism endlessly create needs that can never be fully satisfied.
42. Give the people you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.
The true Connection between people should be established without coercion. Without restrictions and pressure.
43. People take different paths in search of fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on the same path as you doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
We all have different perspectives and can look forward to very different things.
44. A friendship can only be maintained through the development of mutual respect and a spirit of sincerity.
True friendship requires mutual respect and honesty in the relationship between two people.
45. Another person’s action should not determine your action.
Everyone must be responsible for their actions and thoughts. Our actions must depend on our beliefs, not on what others do or don’t do.
46. World peace must come from inner peace. Peace is not just the mere absence of violence. Peace, in my opinion, is the manifestation of human compassion.
A conflict means that there are differences between people, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be something negative. All differences can be settled and conflicts resolved.
47. Share your knowledge. It is a way to attain immortality.
We will all die at some point. But our knowledge can endure if we pass it on to others.
48. Human potential is the same for all. The feeling: I am worthless, is wrong. Completely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thinking, so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change everything. It is usually said that one is one’s own master.
Remove negative thoughts from your head and the world will be a much nicer place to live.
49. Old friends pass away, new friends come up. It’s just like the days. An old day passes, a new day dawns. The most important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.
We must always give special value to new things, days and friends.
50. Remember that great love and great achievements come with great risks.
For the people we love and other valuable things, we have to take a lot of risks. We risk big losses and injuries. We risk being hurt and suffering great losses. But without risk, there is no profit.
51. The fundamental human problem is the lack of compassion. As long as this problem persists, other problems will remain. If we solve this problem, we can hope for better days.
Lack of compassion leads to misunderstandings, and misunderstandings continue to lead to conflict.
52. If you find that you have made a mistake, take immediate action to correct your mistake.
Many people do nothing when they realize that they have made a mistake, which is more likely to make the problem worse or worse. We must be responsible for our actions and, if necessary, correct them.
53. If we want to die well, we must learn to live well.
This phrase forces us to fight for a right and positive life that brings good to others and ourselves and leads to a dignified, meaningful and good life.
54. The highest authority must always be based on one’s own reason and critical consideration of the individual.
Our behavior must follow a dictate of reason, regardless of what others dictate.
55. Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the peace and happiness we seek.
The Dalai Lama establishes in these elements the basis for a sense of community, love and affection that can lead us to a happy life.
56. To become successful, a person must first work very hard, so he must sacrifice a lot of free time.
This expression reflects the value of effort and perseverance to achieve our goals.
57. I am only a human being.
No matter how much we evolve and grow, we never stop being people with our shortcomings and limitations.
58. Given the dimensions of life in the cosmos, a human life is nothing more than a tiny snippet. Each of us is just a visitor to this planet, a guest who will only stay for a limited time. Which largestCould there be more stupidity than spending this short time alone, unhappy or in conflict with our fellow human beings? It would be much better to take advantage of our short time here to live a meaningful life enriched by the feeling of connectedness with others and doing them a service.
Let us use our time for the good!
59. The most difficult times are those that produce determination and inner strength.
In bad times, we learn to overcome and be strong.
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These are just a few, but in my opinion the strongest life wisdom of the Dala Lama:
60. Be good whenever possible. It’s always possible!
The Dalai Lama encourages us to try as best we can to be good people.
61. If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
While we must avoid violence and seek peaceful solutions, it is permissible to defend ourselves against aggression.
62. If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers, because their presence gives you the opportunity to improve and develop your tolerance, patience, and understanding.
This may sound a bit strange, but it is precisely with our enemies that we can best develop these virtues.
63. We can live without religion and meditation, but without human love we cannot survive.
Interpersonal relationships and love are elements that are very important and without which we cannot fully develop.
64. Silence is sometimes the best answer.
Sometimes every answer leads to negative consequences. For this reason, rest is sometimes the best answer.
65. Remember that sometimes it’s a wonderful happiness not to get what you want.
Sometimes, for some reason, our desires are not fulfilled, so we eventually discovered that even what we wanted would not be good for us.
66. Love and compassion are the true religions for me. But to develop this, we don’t need to believe in a religion.
We can all love and be compassionate. We can all be good people if we want to.
67. If you think you’re too small to make a difference, sleep with a mosquito.
We are all important and have a huge impact on the world. We are all important.
68. I believe the real purpose of our lives is to strive for happiness. Whether you believe in a religion or not, whether you believe in that religion or that religion, we are all looking for something better in life. Therefore, I think that the actual movement of our lives should be focused on happiness.
The pursuit of happiness for others and for ourselves is one of the main drivers of our behavior and our life goals. We were born to be happy and to make the people around us happy.
69. Love is the absence of judgment.
Love means not to judge the other, but to accept him unconditionally with his values and shortcomings.
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70. I believe in human determination. Throughout history, it has been shown that human will is more effective than all weapons.
Our will and determination have encouraged us to do great deeds and overcome all sorts of obstacles. It is a force that can change our world and that we can use to make it a better place.
71. While there is talk of disarming the whole world, some internal disarmament should take place.
First, we need to eliminate the hostility, mistrust and hatred that reign in the world. Then weapons will be useless.
72. Love and compassion are needs, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
It is sometimes assumed that values should stay elsewhere to solve certain problems. On the contrary, although it may be more complex, these are essential elements without which a real solution cannot be achieved.
73. Anger arises from fear, and it arises from a feeling of weakness or inferiority.
The Dalai Lama shows that anger and rage are ultimately the product of fear that arises from feelings of inferiority.
74. If a problem can be solved, if a situation is such that something can be done about it, then there is no reason to worry. If it is not solvable, then there is no point in worrying. There is no point in worrying at all.
We really don’t need to worry. Worrying only costs us time and energy.
75. When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just ourselves or a particular immediate benefit. When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions of the past, we gain the strength to solve the problems of the present constructively.
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