The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader to millions of Buddhists around the world, is full of profound and moving advice that he shares with his followers.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner was once voted the most popular world leader, and even if you don't subscribe to all of his teachings you must admit he has an impressive way of putting things simply so everyone can understand.
Like this quote:
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive."
He makes it sound so simple! Could you imagine what kind of world we would live in if everyone felt the same way?
One of the Dalai Lama's most moving and important quotes came from an answer about living with anger and negativity.
At a speech in India, he explained something we all know but have a hard time putting into action.
Watch this clip to see how he sums everything up perfectly, then try to use this advice every day!
Note: There are subtitles if you click the CC button at the bottom of the video frame.
Here are 10 more quotes from the inspiring leader to help enrich your life
One of the main principles of Buddhism is learning how to let go, otherwise known as the principle of nonattachment.
There's no point in clinging onto people around you. All you can do is be the best you can be and hope that'll be enough of a reason for the people you love to stay.
If they do leave, it's not a reflection of you, but of them. Now it's time to move on.
Have you heard this phrase before: We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
This is exactly what the Dalai Lama means in this quote.
When we find inner peace within ourselves, we send out positive energy. The brighter our aura is, the more happiness we will experience from the outside world.
It's the law of attraction!
Someone who is wise, ethical, and is able to make good choices in life is far more powerful than a warrior who is only designed to kill.
If everyone was able to improve on themselves in order to become a better person, there would be less need for warriors.
And the less reason you have to fight other people, the more at peace you are with your life and the world you live in.
First, what is compassion? It's the ability to feel concern over people suffering.
We're all so caught up with all the things that makes each and every one of us different that we forget all the amazing qualities we share.
Sometimes I think we forget that we're all one species: Humans. Our gender, racial, ethnic, political, and religious differences are not anywhere as strong as the love we possess within ourselves.
Spend a day not judging a single person for what they've done or who they are. I promise, it will change you.
Just like how you're not comfortable with people judging you, because they have no idea what you've been through in life, people expect you to do the same.
The more you practice not passing judgement, you'll notice becoming more compassionate and caring.
Think of someone you can't get along with, whether it be for their religious, political, gender, or racial differences.
Now, try to see from their perspective as much as you can. Don't dismiss anything! Step into their shoes and learn why they see life from that point of view.
The reality of life is that we're not all exactly born the same and taught the same values. But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't get along.
This is my favorite quote of all time.
Giving someone a helping hand will not only change their life, but it will change your own.
If you can do nothing for somebody, the least you can do is not add to their problems.
For example, if you can't solve world wars, don't make statements that fuel more hatred.
Contrary to popular belief, one person can really make a difference in the world.
For all you naysayers, how would you know this to be false if you've never tried making that change you want in the world.
Just look at every single successful person that has made a difference. If they didn't take a chance, nothing would have been accomplished.
My mother always said God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason.
The only way we can cultivate love and compassion for others is to take time in hearing their story and learning about their struggles.
Without hope, what is life?
The takeaway from this quote is that you must make sure that the things you hope have value, such as hoping to always have a happy life.
If you're always greedy for more money and material things, you'll never truly find happiness.