The spiritual leader of Tibet and widely seen as the human embodiment of peace and love, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama is a powerful example to mankind on how to live a fulfilled life of joy. Through an understanding of his teachings, we rediscover the simple beauty of existence and learn that we all have the power within us to change the world, one person at a time.
Here are 8 profound life lessons from the Dalai Lama that you can use to find your own path to happiness.
1. The Path to Peace Begins With Yourself
“WHEN YOU THINK EVERYTHING IS SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT, YOU WILL SUFFER A LOT. WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT EVERYTHING SPRINGS ONLY FROM YOURSELF, YOU WILL LEARN BOTH PEACE AND JOY.”
Self acceptance and accountability for our own actions leads us down the path of truth. By embracing our faults as well as our strengths, we pave the way to a life of happiness.
2. It is not your Religion that Matters, it is your Heart
“MY RELIGION IS VERY SIMPLE. MY RELIGION IS KINDNESS.”
Conflict based upon our individual spirituality only leads to further separation of the human race. There is no religion that is greater than the power of compassion and a kind heart.
3. Don’t Allow Material Possessions to be the Source of your Joy
“WE NEED TO LEARN HOW TO WANT WHAT WE HAVE, NOT TO HAVE WHAT WE WANT IN ORDER TO GET STEADY AND STABLE HAPPINESS.”
People become caught up in the idea that more money and better possessions will make them successful in life. True happiness doesn’t come from the outside world, it is found within the simplicity of our souls.
4. Happiness Always Comes Down to a Choice
“DO NOT LET THE BEHAVIOR OF OTHERS DESTROY YOUR INNER PEACE.”
It is easy to forget in a chaotic world that you have the power of joy within yourself. Don’t let the critics and naysayers take away from your individual happiness.
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5. Let go of Attachment
“GIVE THE ONES YOU LOVE WINGS TO FLY, ROOTS TO COME BACK, AND REASONS TO STAY.”
We exist in an impermanent world, and change is as inevitable as the sun rising in the east. By releasing those you love to follow their own journey, you allow yourself to embrace the fluidity of the universe.
6. We are all One – And Everyone Deserves to be Happy
“EVERY SINGLE BEING, EVEN THOSE WHO ARE HOSTILE TO US, IS JUST AS AFRAID OF SUFFERING AS WE ARE, AND SEEKS HAPPINESS IN THE SAME WAY WE DO. EVERY PERSON HAS THE SAME RIGHT AS WE DO TO BE HAPPY AND NOT TO SUFFER.”
We are carry our own stories, but our souls are one and the same. True compassion comes from honoring everyone’s human right to live a life of peace and happiness.
7. With Great Risks Come Great Rewards
“TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT GREAT LOVE AND GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS INVOLVE GREAT RISKS”
When you shut yourself off from the world due to fear of the unknown, you can miss out on some of the greatest joys life has to offer. A leap of faith is sometimes necessary on the path to a happy life.
8. Leave a Legacy of Happiness for the World
“SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE. IT IS A WAY TO ACHIEVE IMMORTALITY.”
Your unique wisdom carries the legacy that you will leave behind for the world. Share your joy, and teach others. By reaching out to our fellow human beings, we pave the path to a more peaceful future for all.
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