The Dalai Lama: In His Own Words

Born on July 6, 1935, the honorable Dalai Lama turns 82 today. We celebrate the world-renowned spiritual leader by sharing some of his powerful thoughts.
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The Dalai Lama greets his followers at the Buddhist cultural school in Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on March 28, 2013.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.

The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.

Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.

The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.

Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.