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You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

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The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama PHOTO

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha PHOTO

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

 

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile
can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

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Love is the absence of judgment.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is an unalterable law.
- The Buddha

When someone has a strong intuitive connection,
Buddhism suggests that it's because of karma,
some past connection.
- Richard Gere

An insincere and evil friend is more
to be feared than a wild beast;
a wild beast may wound your body,
but an evil friend will wound your mind.
- The Buddha

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserves your love and affection.
- The Buddha

Hatred does not cease by hatred,
but only by love;
this is the eternal rule.
- The Buddha

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We can live without religion and meditation,
but we cannot survive without human affection.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker.
A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
- The Buddha

Remember that not getting what you want
is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire,
men cannot live without a spiritual life.
- The Buddha

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.
Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts
give joy when they speak or act.
Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- The Buddha

We can never obtain peace in the outer world
until we make peace with ourselves.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
- Buddhist Proverb

Work out your own salvation.
Do not depend on others.
- The Buddha

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

He is able who thinks he is able.
- The Buddha

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;
people create distinctions out of their own minds
and then believe them to be true.
- The Buddha

With realization of one's own potential and
self-confidence in one's ability,
one can build a better world.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Be gentle with the earth.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The ultimate authority must always rest
with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

There is no need for temples,
no need for complicated philosophies.
My brain and my heart are my temples;
my philosophy is kindness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.
He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
- The Buddha

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
- Buddhist proverb

The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart.
- The Buddha

The roots of all goodness lie
in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Spend some time alone every day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- The Buddha

The mind is everything.
What you think you become.
- The Buddha

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman
in the midst of this world,
where each person is clinging to his piece of debris?
What's the proper salutation between people
as they pass each other in this flood?
- The Buddha

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things.
Strive on with diligence.
- The Buddha

If you can, help others;
if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake
is to be continually thrown out of the nest.
- Pema Chodron

An idea that is developed and put into action
is more important than
an idea that exists only as an idea.
- The Buddha

Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
- The Buddha

Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.
- The Buddha

The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater is our own sense of well-being.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

It is better to conquer yourself
than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
- The Buddha

It is better to travel well than to arrive.
- The Buddha

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them humanity cannot survive.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Ambition is like love,
impatient both of delays and rivals.
- The Buddha

The key to happiness is inner peace.
The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions
such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion,
while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility
are the sources of peace and happiness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We receive this food in gratitude to all beings
Who have helped to bring it to our table,
And vow to respond in turn to those in need
With wisdom and compassion.
- Buddhist Blessing

I find hope in the darkest of days,
and focus in the brightest.
I do not judge the universe.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

What we think, we become.
- The Buddha

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
- The Buddha

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
- The Buddha

The tongue like a sharp knife...
Kills without drawing blood.
- The Buddha

If you wish to experience peace,
provide peace for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha


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