He was taken from his parent’s home when he was just six years old. At the age of 15 he became a military and diplomatic commander; At 25, he was forced to leave Tibet for India.
Today, the Dalai Lama is 79 years old. It seems that his life is not easy at all. But instead of having deep wrinkles on his face, he has mischief dancing in his eyes.
For more than 50 years, hundreds of thousands of people have expected the right words and actions from him.
To help you understand the principles that have helped this amazing man preserve his positive attitude and rational worldview for so many years, here are 15 life lessons from the Dalai Lama, expressed in his own words.
15. Be nice whenever you can, which is all the time.
14. Well-being comes with action, not through prayer.
13. Arrogance can never be justified. It is the result of low self-esteem or temporary and superficial achievements.
12. When someone feels that everything in their life is going wrong, it means that something wonderful is about to happen.
11. People exist to be loved; objects exist to be used. The world is in chaos because these things are the other way round.
10. The idea of compassion is not related to religion. It is a universal concept; its existence is the only condition for the survival of the human race.
9. If you can help, you should do so. If you can’t, at the very least don’t do any harm.
8. I don’t celebrate birthdays. For me, they are no different than any other day. In a sense, every day is the day of birth. Every day, you wake up in the morning, everything is fresh and new, and your only goal for the new day is for it to teach you something important.
7. The purpose of life is to be happy.
6. By maintaining a positive attitude towards life at all times, you can be content even in the most unfavorable circumstances.
5. Our enemies provide us with excellent opportunities to practice patience, perseverance, and compassion.
4. I believe that the only true religion is to have a good heart.
3. We have to maintain control over technology and never allow ourselves to become its slaves.
2. Big changes always start with people; The basis of peace in the world is that calm and that inner peace that is found in the heart of each one of us. Each of us can make a contribution.
1. Each of us is responsible for all humanity. This is the basis of my simple religion. We don’t need temples or complicated philosophies. Our minds and our heart are our temples; our philosophy is our goodness.