Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is a high lama in the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" school of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsongkhapa (1357–1419). The name is a combination of the Mongolian word dalai meaning "Ocean" and the Tibetan word བླ་མ་ bla-ma (with a silent "b") meaning "guru, teacher".

According to Tibetan Buddhist doctrine, the Dalai Lama is the rebirth in a line of tulkus who are metaphorically considered to be manifestations of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteśvara. The Dalai Lama is often thought to be the leader of the Gelug School, but this position belongs officially to the Ganden Tripa, which is a temporary position appointed by the Dalai Lama who, in practice, exerts much influence. The line of Dalai Lamas began as a lineage of spiritual teachers; the 5th Dalai Lama assumed political authority over Tibet.

For certain periods between the 17th century and 1959, the Dalai Lamas sometimes directed the Tibetan government, which administered portions of Tibet from Lhasa. The 14th Dalai Lama remained the head of state for the Central Tibetan Administration ("Tibetan government in exile") until his retirement on March 14, 2011. He has indicated that the institution of the Dalai Lama may be abolished in the future, and also that the next Dalai Lama may be found outside Tibet and may be female. The Chinese government rejected this and asserted that only it has the authority to select the next Dalai Lama. (Wikipedia.com)

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Simple Reminders by Dalai Lama

Amazing Quotes by Dalai Lama

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (34)

If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (30)

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (6)

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (52)

The planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (-29)

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (24)

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (9)

We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (13)

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (24)

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (55)

If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (-95)

If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (-60)

Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, "I am of no value", is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought - so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (-162)

We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity. That the happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (-41)

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem, but you sow the seeds for another. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (23)

As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (-130)

To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (26)

The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (-42)

A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise mans wisdom even if he associates with a sage. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (-16)

In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess. by @dalailama http://smpl.ws/gk (39)