Buddhism believes that the mind is the source of all happiness and that it is also the source of the experience of suffering. The practice of Buddhism teaches followers to transform their mind from ignorance to compassion by participating in ethical behaviour and meditation. The Dalai Lama is the world’s leading Buddhist voice and he has dedicated his life to humanitarian and environmental causes, peace-seeking and becoming one of the world’s most important moral leaders. Here we look through some of his most inspiring quotes which can teach us all to be a better person.
1. “The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.”
Comparing oneself to others can have severely detrimental results on one’s self-worth. Firstly, the so-called ‘perfection’ of others is an illusion. How many times has someone you know portrayed their life to the world as perfect, when behind the scenes things were far from it? The likelihood is high. In today’s day and age platforms like Instagram can convey a fake reality, resulting in a negative feeling from viewers who’s life isn’t as ‘glamourous’. By taking on board the Dalai Lama’s quote and working on just you, you can better yourself, rather than doubt yourself in comparison to others.
2. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
While kindness is a basic lesson usually learnt during childhood, for many, it is often pushed aside and not utilised in daily life. Of course, sometimes it can be hard to be kind, especially when you are not treated that way from someone else. But, if everyone aimed to treat one another with kindness, then the world would undoubtedly be a better place. So, by taking that small step and always acting with kindness, you are doing your bit to improve the world.
3. It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
We all face adverse situations in life, situations that hurt us and make us sad, but we must find a way to benefit or find a positive in these negative situations. While it may be hard to find a positive in some situations, searching for that positivity will offer us strength to deal with the hardest obstacles we may face in life. While negative times can be very hard to deal with, they teach us life lessons that we can utilise in the future to establish a more positive outlook.
4. The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.
With our busy lifestyles in today’s day and age, the importance of love can be brushed aside and many believe that they don’t need anyone but themselves. However, love is the strongest of human emotions and deep down all of us have an intense desire to love and be nurtured. Being loved can eliminate the feeling of fear because you feel protected as you know that you have your own personal cheerleader in your corner, so you have the courage to try new things. You know that you always have this person to come back to if things go wrong or don’t work out the way that you intended.
5. Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.
Most of us have experienced starting out the day with a bad phone call, a stressful job that needs to be done at the back of our mind or thinking about a negative experience we’ve recently been through. Having this in your mind at the start of the day can have a hugely negative impact on your entire day, from the way you hold conversations, to the way you mentally process obstacles in your day. Simply revisiting a positive experience or repeating a positive thought to yourself when you wake up in the morning, can dramatically alter your entire day to be much more pleasant and enjoyable.