Inspiring Dalai Lama Quotes

On the list of people that I would most like to meet in this lifetime, the Dalai Lama is right up there near the top. Maybe someday I will get to meet or at least see the Dalai Lama as he has come to Aspen to speak.

Here is a video series shared by the Aspen Institute from his visit in 2008 that are interesting to watch. I am only including the first video, but it links to all of the others.

So until such time that I might get to meet or see His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, here are some of his most inspirational quotes about happiness. These amazing phrases, thoughts and concepts show us how to live a happy life if that is what we choose to do. I hope that you enjoy them.

“Everything you do has some effect, some impact.”

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

“We don’t need more money, we don’t need greater success or fame, we don’t need the perfect body or even the perfect mate. Right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.”

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

“Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.”

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.”

“Happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.”

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

“Great love and great achievements involve great risk.”

“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.”

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

“Smile if you want a smile from another face.”

“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.”

“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.”

“What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.”

It is not a typo that the last quote was italicized and in bold font. The meaning of life… it’s taken me a long time to figure that out, at least for myself and my goal is to always be happy, choose to be happy, and to have purpose and impact in everything that I do. If only I had read that quote decades ago and would have fully grasped it!

Which of these Dalai Lama quotes is your favorite and why?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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