Best 5 Dalai Lama Quotations On Religion, Happiness And Suffering

The controversial 14th Dalai Lama aka Tenzin Gyatso is very popular all over the world.

The 14th Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

He has traveled the world and has spoken about the welfare of Tibetans, environment, economics, women’s rights, non-violence, interfaith dialogue, Buddhism and science, and even sexuality.

best 5 dalai lama quoteationsBest 5 Dalai Lama Quotations

Here I selected my personal all-time the best five Dalai Lama quotes.


“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.”

(Policy of Kindness: An Anthology of Writings by and about the Dalai Lama by H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Edited by Sidney Piburn, Shambhala, 1990, A policy of Kindness; p.52)

“The root of happiness is altruism — the wish to be of service to others.”

(The Dalai Lama at Harvard: Lectures on the Buddhist Path to Peace by Jeffrey Hopkins, Shambhala, 1988, Special Features of The Bodhisattva Path; p.162)

“I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.”

(The Spirit of Tibet, Universal Heritage: Selected Speeches and Writings of HH the Dalai Lama XIV by Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, edited by A. A. Shiromany, contributed by Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre (New Delhi, India) Allied Publishers, 1995; p.129)

(You can also find this quote at: The 14th Dalai Lama – Acceptance Speech)

“It is anger that is a sign of weakness, whereas patience is a sign of strength.”

(Path To Tranquility by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Penguin Books India, 1998, May 23; p.157)

“If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come.”

(Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness edited by Sidney Piburn, Motilal Banarsidass Publications, 2002, A Talk To Western Buddhists; p.42)

(You can also find this quote at: An Interview With the Dalai Lama by John F. Avedon, Dalai Lama XIV Bstan- d̊zin-ryga-mtsho, Littlebird Publications, 1980; p.26)

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