Dalai Lama: The Path to Tranquillity – Daily Wisdom

  • If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then also there is no need to worry
  • Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself. It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer
  • The basic nature of human beings should be very gentle, or we would have been born with animal claws and huge teeth
  • If objects and people evoke attachment in us, we do not understand the true nature of phenomena. We can only become detached by realizing the true nature of things
  • Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no value” is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can do anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.
  • If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.
  • Happiness is a state of mind. With physical comforts if your mind is still in a state of confusion and agitation, it is not happiness. Happiness means calmness of mind.
  • It looks like there is an awful lot of work to do. If you had to analyse all your dreams there will be no time left to dream
  • For a bodhisattva to be successful in accomplishing the practice of the six perfections – generosity, ethical discipline, tolerance, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom – cooperation with and kindness toward fellow beings are extremely important.
  • The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about m hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life.
  • Ideals are very important in one’s life. Without ideals you cannot move – whether you achieve them or not is immaterial. But one must try and approximate them
  • When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions done in one’s past, we strengthen ourselves and can solve the problems of the present constructively
  • When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions done in one’s past, we strengthen ourselves and can solve the problems of the present constructively
  • Guilt, as experienced in western culture, is connected with hopelessness and discouragement and is past oriented. Genuine remorse, however, is a healthy state of mind – it is future oriented, connected with hope, and causes us to act, to change
  • The 6 perfections
    • Generosity
    • Ethical discipline
    • Patience
    • Perseverance
    • Concentration
    • Wisdom
  • Anything that contradicts experience or logic should be abandoned
  • Our intention should not be soiled by the eight worldly preoccupations: gain or loss, pleasure or pain, praise or criticism, and fame or infamy
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~ by antinomian on June 9, 2009.

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