Dalai Lama quotes on life and love
1. “We tend to believe that happiness comes from wealth and power, ignoring the function of the mind or the fact that inner serenity is the key to happiness.” “Physical comfort offers little respite when we are emotionally upset, but we can often tolerate physical suffering if we are mentally at peace,” writes the Dalai Lama in a soon-to-be-released book. As we emerge from the pandemic, His Holiness’ words ring true more than ever. The Little Book of Encouragement (Penguin Random House India), which contains some of his wise remarks over the years, can be a great source of comfort to many of us dealing with grief, stress or trying to regain a sense of normalcy. .
2. “Our life is so dependent on others that at the root of our existence is a fundamental need for love. This is why it is good to cultivate a genuine sense of responsibility and concern for the well-being of others.
3. “From the Buddhist perspective, every sentient being knows suffering and the truths of sickness, old age and death. But as humans, we have the ability to use our minds to overcome anger, panic, and greed. In recent years, I have emphasized “emotional disarmament”: seeing things realistically and clearly, without the confusion of fear or rage. If a problem has a solution, we must work to find it; if not, we don’t need to waste time thinking about it.
4. “When it comes to mental bullying on the internet that leads young people to self-harm and suicide, as human beings we are smart and can assess and choose what to take seriously. Even the Buddha advised his disciples:
“As the wise test gold by burning it, cutting it and rubbing it, so too bhikshus, you should only accept my words after testing them, and not simply out of respect for me.” As a Buddhist and a follower of the Nalanda tradition, I find it very helpful to always ask, “Why?”
5. ‘Scientists have evidence to prove that basic human nature is compassionate. They also discovered the opposite, that constant anger and hatred weaken our immune system. Therefore, just as we teach people about physical hygiene to help maintain their physical health, for a happy and peaceful mind, we must teach people about emotional hygiene – how to deal with their destructive emotions.
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