Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Here is a change of pace from by political spleen venting. Let’s consider some quotations from the legendary Dalai Lama, who is widely considered one of the greatest promoters of peace in our time.

“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.”

“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.”

“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”

“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.”

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”

“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.”

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.”

“If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.”

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”

It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.”

“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.”

“My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.”

The Dalai Lama is a most interesting man who was born humbly in 1936. He is clearly a man of peace, non-violence, and one of the great humanitarians of our time. We all can learn much from contemplating his gentle and soothing philosophies.


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