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“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”

All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.”

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

Before we can generate compassion and love, it is important to have a clear
understanding of what we understand compassion and love to be.  In simple terms, compassion and love can be defined as positive thoughts and feelings that give rise to such essential things in life as hope, courage, determination, and inner strength.  In the Buddhist tradition, compassion and love are seen as two aspects of the same thing:  Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.”

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from “The Compassionate Life

“With the realization of ones own potential and self-confidence in ones ability, one can build a better world.  According to my own experience, self-confidence is very important.  That sort of confidence is not a blind one; it is an awareness of ones own potential.  On that basis, human beings can transform themselves by increasing the good qualities and reducing the negative qualities.”

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from ‘The Dalai Lama’s Book of Wisdom’

 

Even if we come from different religions, I truly think that the Dalai Lama is a wonderful man who possesses an extraordinary mind.

I enjoy reading the work he has written on his religion of compassion, and I hope you did too.

xo, minty

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