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Words For The Weekend (“My religion is kindness” – the Dalai Lama XIV edition), Volume 22

This is the latest installment of quotes and words that move me for the weekend of 12/22/12 (Volume 22). I hope you enjoy them too.

This weekend’s quotes are all from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. You may learn more about him on his website and on his wiki page. He’s even on Twitter. The Dalai Lama has written many books–most are available via Amazon.


“Here’s a wishing well
Here’s a penny for
Any thought it is
That makes you smile
Every diamond dream
Everything that brings
Love and happiness
To your life

You will always have a lucky star
That shines because of what you are
Even in the deepest dark
Because your aim is true
And if I could only have one wish
Darling, then it would be this
Love and happiness for you”

~ Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler, “Love and Happiness”, on  album “All the RoadRunning“, video link HERE.


Alternate Song: “(What’s so Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” by Nick Lowe, on album “Quiet Please, The New Best of Nick Lowe“, video link HERE.

“As I walk through
This wicked world
Searchin’ for light in the darkness of insanity.

I ask myself
Is all hope lost?
Is there only pain and hatred and misery?

And each time I feel like this inside,
There’s one thing I wanna know:
What’s so funny ’bout peace love & understanding?”


“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’

No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster…

When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV


“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV


“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV


“Sometimes we feel that one individual’s action is very insignificant.  Then we think, of course, that effects should come from channeling or from a unifying movement.  But the movement of the society, community or group of people means joining individuals.  Society means a collection of individuals, so that initiative must come from individuals.  Unless each individual develops a sense of responsibility, the whole community cannot move.  So therefore, it is very essential that we should not feel that individual effort is meaningless- you should not feel that way.  We should make an effort.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV


“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV


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


“There is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us, not even the Buddha. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?” ~ Dalai Lama XIV


“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV


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


“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV


“Human beings by nature want happiness and do not want suffering.  With that
feeling everyone tries to achieve happiness and tries to get rid of suffering, and everyone has the basic right to do this.  In this way, all here are the same, whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, Easterner or Westerner, believer or non-believer, and within believers whether Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and so on.  Basically, from the viewpoint of real human value we are all the same.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV


No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country
Is spent developing the mind
Instead of the heart
Be compassionate
Not just to your friends
But to everyone
Be compassionate
Work for peace
In your heart and in the world
Work for peace
And I say again
Never give up
No matter what is going on around you
Never give up
~ Dalai Lama XIV


Liz at Let’s Talk About Lit, shared the following poem in her brilliant post Less Blame, More Peace: My Plan. (with Wordsworth’s “Ode of Intimations of Immortality”) though I am only sharing a stanza. I encourage you to read the full poem, Liz’s touching analysis and her ideas on how “we can be more peaceful with very little effort.” (If you enjoy the quotes and poems I share, you will love her blog.)

“Ode of Intimations of Immortality” – William Wordsworth

What though the radiance which was once so bright

Be now for ever taken from my sight,

     Though nothing can bring back the hour

Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;

     We will grieve not, rather find

     Strength in what remains behind;

     In the primal sympathy

     Which having been must ever be;

     In the soothing thoughts that spring

     Out of human suffering;

     In the faith that looks through death,

In years that bring the philosophic mind.

The Collected Poems of William Wordsworth (Wordsworth Poetry Library)” by William Wordsworth


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25 replies

  1. I think the passage about hope is so true. I read a book by a Jewish doctor of psychiatry who talks about his and others’ ordeals in a Nazi prison camp. He said he noticed that as long as some hope remained, they could make it through the days. It was those who lost all hope who suffered the greatest.

    Have a great holiday!


    • I’m so glad you mentioned him (Viktor Frankl) Carrie, that book (Man’s Search for Meaning) is one of my favorites.

      “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
      ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

      I hope you and your family all enjoy a peaceful holiday. Hopefully all your Target visits are wrapped up–I drove by mine yesterday and the cars were overflowing from the parking lot!


  2. This is sooooo wonderful. I love the words of the Dalia Lama and have several of these written in folder of quotes I have but you always manage to show me more! I’ve got new ones now to read and soak in and live. Thank you and I hope you have a blessed and joyous holiday season and a beautiful New Year — love your posts!!

    You and I are of the same mindset, my friend.


    • HI BRIGITTE!!! I was so happy to see your recent post, I’ve been thinking about you a lot. I will continue to hold you in my thoughts while you navigate the rough waters around you.

      We really are of the same mindset in so much of our thinking, aren’t we? I’m so glad you enjoyed the quotes and even picked up some new ones today. You may even enjoy this website,; it has a section of HH quotes on teachings of the Dharma–many I had not seen before. I especially liked this one, because I smile at the thought of the Dalai Lama in a room full of scientists. :)

      “Buddhism does not accept a theory of God, or a creator. According
      to Buddhism, one’s own actions are the creator, ultimately. Some
      people say that, from a certain angle, Buddhism is not a religion but
      rather a science of mind. Religion has much involvement with faith.
      Sometimes it seems that there is quite a distance between a way of
      thinking based on faith and one entirely based on experiment,
      remaining skeptical. Unless you find something through
      investigation, you do not want to accept it as fact. From one
      viewpoint, Buddhism is a religion, from another viewpoint Buddhism is
      a science of mind and not a religion. Buddhism can be a bridge
      between these two sides. Therefore, with this conviction I try to
      have closer ties with scientists, mainly in the fields of cosmology,
      psychology, neurobiology and physics. In these fields there are
      insights to share, and to a certain extent we can work together.”–
      His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from “The Dalai Lama: A Policy of
      “, published by Snow Lion Publications.

      I wish you a joyous holiday season and peaceful new year too my dear. xoxo


  3. It would be nice if everyone followed that one quote from Dalai Lama about helping others (and if not helping, at least not hurting anyone). Lots of sadness would be avoided that way. Hope you have a great Christmas and New Year. I’ll be thinking of you.


    • Gosh, isn’t that the truth Char? If you can’t help, at least don’t hurt. What a world that would be.

      I’ll be thinking of you too my friend. I hope you enjoy the time with your family and find lots of joy in each moment. xoxo


  4. Sometimes it’s very shocking to see so much wisdom offered so concisely.

    Have a great weekend, RoS!


    • I hope you do too Guap, thank you!

      Especially that quote about “try sleeping with a mosquito”–concise but so wise. Thought you may like the pairing of Emmylou and Mark K. They harmonize so well together- it’s a great album.


  5. You provide the words and passages I need to keep my focus where it needs to be. As always, thank you! Hope you enjoy the holidays!


    • You’re too kind G2–thanks very much.

      My holidays are going well so far, I hope yours are too. I’ve been indulging in some holiday baking (and eating!) which has been a lot of fun. I keep telling myself gingerbread is good running fuel. :)

      I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas. Mine will be small, but I’ve broken out several photo albums to flip through and reminisce over (loved your idea!)


      • I’m glad you utilized the idea! It is fun to do and leaves a long lasting impression. We are cooking and baking as well. Our gathering with family will be small but am really looking forward to the time with them.


  6. My new favorite quote and I thank you for sharing as it’s new to me:
    “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

    wonderful post to head into a new week with..


    • Such simple little words, but what a huge impact they can have on the mind and heart ready to hear them. I loved it too Lynne.

      I wish you a wonderful holly jolly week… :) Yeah- it’s like that y’all! …and that’s the way it is…. (Sorry, that song is still stuck in my head!)


  7. I love these this week!! perfect for the Solstice. “If you can’t help, at least don’t hurt” reminds me of two things….
    first, the AA saying about checking intentions…is it kind, is it true, is it necessary?
    and, most importantly, Thumper’s great truth “if you can’t thay thomthin’ nithe, don’t thay nothin’at all”…

    words to live by.

    and speaking of words……I am down to two, i think…..



    • After last week, I really wanted to hone in on peace and kindness and that we are all critical components to change. And when I think peace and kindness, HH Dalai Lama is the first person I think of. I was really in love with this set too!

      “Is it kind, is it true, is it necessary?” I had forgotten that–I think I also heard it in Alanon. I really love that. And good ole’ Thumper. That was one of my mom’s mottos. On a tangent, I actually have to work at breaking that habit, because I followed it so strictly that I ended up repressing a lot of shit. Sometimes withholding information or things that should be said hurts more than if we’d just went ahead and said it. Like I said, a total tangent….

      Two words huh? Two is a good number today. 12/22/12, edition 22 of Words :) I think I’m at 2 too.



  8. Happy sober Christmas to you! Hope the next few days are filled with love and good food xxxx


  9. You really share the greatest of words with us. Loved all of these. The merriest of Christmases to you and yours! <3



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