14 December 2009

Words to live by...

If I could choose to hang out with anyone... it would be the Dalai Lama. I feel like we would have one heck of a time. I don't think the man has ever said a single thing I disagree with, and his presence radiates the most wonderful joy (even through the television screen... which is sadly all I've got). Here are some of his quotes that I found... The man is just unbelievable. I suggest you ruminate on these for a bit.

- 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 have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it. 
- 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. 
- Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
- My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. 
- 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. 
- Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent. 
- The purpose of our lives is to be happy. 
- The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. 
- The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis. 
- There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. 
- 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. 
- Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion. 
- With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.


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