Today, the Dalai Lama celebrates his 81st birthday. The recipient of numerous awards, among them the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, he continues to inspire us with messages of non-violence and universal compassion.
Here are ten of my favorite quotes from His Holiness…
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
Anger or hatred is like a fisherman’s hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it.
I always say that people should not rush to change religions. There is real value in finding the spiritual resources you need in your home religion.