When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
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Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.
The practice of cultivating altruism has a beneficial effect not only from the religious point of view but also from the mundane point of view, not only for long term spiritual development but even in terms of immediate rewards.
The Chinese government wants me to say that for many centuries Tibet has been part of China. Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change past history. History is history.
Sooner or later we have to die, and if then we review the past years with regret, it is too late, isn't it?
Joy can span from the pleasure of others' good fortune, what Buddhists call mudita, to the pleasure in others' misfortune, what the Germans call schadenfreude.
If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.
Everywhere and in every society, people endure suffering and adversity—even those who enjoy freedom and material prosperity. Indeed, it seems to me that much of the unhappiness we humans endure is actually of our own making.
The present is that elusive moment between what no longer exists and what has not yet happened.
When the positive qualities of your mind increase and negativities decrease, that is what blessing means.
So long as people give priority to material values, then injustice, inequity, intolerance, and greed - all the outward manifestations of neglect of our inner values - will persist.
Transforming the mind involves first learning to know it, then identifying how it functions so as to eliminate the three main mental poisons, which are ignorance, desire, and hatred.
According to my experience, the principal characteristic of genuine happiness is peace: inner peace.
There's no other choice but for followers of the world's religions to accept the reality of other faiths. We have to live together.
The basic foundation of humanity is compassion and love. This is why, if even a few individuals simply try to create mental peace and happiness within themselves and act responsibly and kind-heartedly towards others, they will have a positive influence in their community.