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2015-03-22 09:31:31 (496 comments, 750 reshares, 7024 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama cuts the first birthday cake of his 80th year to share with Indian friends in New Delhi, India on March 22, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

Most reshares: 941

2015-02-23 10:30:48 (403 comments, 941 reshares, 4159 +1s)Open 

Experience has shown me that the greatest inner tranquillity comes from developing love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove our fears and insecurities and gives us strength to face obstacles - it is the ultimate source of success in life.

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2015-03-22 09:31:31 (496 comments, 750 reshares, 7024 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama cuts the first birthday cake of his 80th year to share with Indian friends in New Delhi, India on March 22, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

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2015-07-31 10:30:57 (201 comments, 446 reshares, 2331 +1s)Open 

Like anyone else, I too have anger in me. However, I try to recall that anger is a destructive emotion. I remind myself that scientists now say that anger is bad for our health; it eats into our immune system. So, anger destroys our peace of mind and our physical health. We shouldn't welcome it or think of it as natural or as a friend.

Like anyone else, I too have anger in me. However, I try to recall that anger is a destructive emotion. I remind myself that scientists now say that anger is bad for our health; it eats into our immune system. So, anger destroys our peace of mind and our physical health. We shouldn't welcome it or think of it as natural or as a friend.___

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2015-07-29 10:31:29 (84 comments, 169 reshares, 2182 +1s)Open 

Young students reach out to touch His Holiness the Dalai Lama's hand as he prepares for group photos with students from different schools that attended his talk at Jamyang School in Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India on July 28, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

Young students reach out to touch His Holiness the Dalai Lama's hand as he prepares for group photos with students from different schools that attended his talk at Jamyang School in Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India on July 28, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)___

2015-07-24 10:32:15 (214 comments, 536 reshares, 2726 +1s)Open 

As a human being I acknowledge that my well-being depends on others and caring for others' well-being is a moral responsibility I take seriously. It's unrealistic to think that the future of humanity can be achieved on the basis of prayer or good wishes alone; what we need is to take action. Therefore, my first commitment is to contribute to human happiness the best I can

As a human being I acknowledge that my well-being depends on others and caring for others' well-being is a moral responsibility I take seriously. It's unrealistic to think that the future of humanity can be achieved on the basis of prayer or good wishes alone; what we need is to take action. Therefore, my first commitment is to contribute to human happiness the best I can___

2015-07-17 10:30:55 (281 comments, 716 reshares, 3316 +1s)Open 

Depression seems to be related to fear, anger and frustration. When you're in a bad mood, even if you meet with your friends, you don't take pleasure in their company. But when you're in a good mood, even if things go wrong, you can cope with them without difficulty. This is why putting yourself in a good mood, making a point of developing a sense of loving kindness gives you greater inner strength.

Depression seems to be related to fear, anger and frustration. When you're in a bad mood, even if you meet with your friends, you don't take pleasure in their company. But when you're in a good mood, even if things go wrong, you can cope with them without difficulty. This is why putting yourself in a good mood, making a point of developing a sense of loving kindness gives you greater inner strength.___

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2015-07-14 09:31:52 (173 comments, 210 reshares, 2965 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama talking with a group of young children on his arrival at the Museum of Applied Art in Frankfurt, Germany on July 13, 2015. (Photo by Manuel Bauer)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama talking with a group of young children on his arrival at the Museum of Applied Art in Frankfurt, Germany on July 13, 2015. (Photo by Manuel Bauer)___

2015-07-10 09:30:17 (200 comments, 610 reshares, 2663 +1s)Open 

We are all the same as human beings, we all want to lead a happy life. We can think of every day as a new day. When we wake up we can remind ourselves - ‘I need to be happy, I need to have warm feelings towards others. This builds self-confidence, honesty, transparency, which leads to trust. And trust is the basis of friendship. We are social animals and we need friends. This is a source of happiness I wish to share.

We are all the same as human beings, we all want to lead a happy life. We can think of every day as a new day. When we wake up we can remind ourselves - ‘I need to be happy, I need to have warm feelings towards others. This builds self-confidence, honesty, transparency, which leads to trust. And trust is the basis of friendship. We are social animals and we need friends. This is a source of happiness I wish to share.___

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2015-07-08 09:49:48 (102 comments, 138 reshares, 2316 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting a staff member at the University of California Irvine's Bren Center before the final session of the Global Compassion Summit in Irvine, California, USA on July 7, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting a staff member at the University of California Irvine's Bren Center before the final session of the Global Compassion Summit in Irvine, California, USA on July 7, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)___

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2015-07-06 09:31:14 (412 comments, 393 reshares, 3876 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama blowing out the candles of a cake presented in honor of his 80th birthday (July 6th) during a program with the mayors of Westminster and Garden Grove, California, proclaiming them Cities of Compassion during the first day of the three day Global Compassion Summit in Anaheim, California, USA on July 5, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama blowing out the candles of a cake presented in honor of his 80th birthday (July 6th) during a program with the mayors of Westminster and Garden Grove, California, proclaiming them Cities of Compassion during the first day of the three day Global Compassion Summit in Anaheim, California, USA on July 5, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)___

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2015-07-05 09:30:26 (145 comments, 251 reshares, 3094 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama exchanging farewells with Actor Forest Whitaker at the end of his talk on "Wisdom, Love & Compassion" at the Peak Mind Summit at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, California, USA on July 4, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama exchanging farewells with Actor Forest Whitaker at the end of his talk on "Wisdom, Love & Compassion" at the Peak Mind Summit at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, California, USA on July 4, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)___

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2015-07-02 09:30:13 (303 comments, 303 reshares, 3402 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama laughing after blowing out the candles on a cake presented by President and Mrs. Bush in honor of his upcoming 80th birthday during a luncheon at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, USA on July 1, 2015. (Bush Center photo)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama laughing after blowing out the candles on a cake presented by President and Mrs. Bush in honor of his upcoming 80th birthday during a luncheon at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, USA on July 1, 2015. (Bush Center photo)___

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2015-06-29 09:30:15 (201 comments, 278 reshares, 3370 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama waving to the crowd of over 120,000 at the Glastonbury Festival's Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury, Somerset, UK on June 28, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Russell/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama waving to the crowd of over 120,000 at the Glastonbury Festival's Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury, Somerset, UK on June 28, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Russell/OHHDL)___

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2015-06-27 09:30:44 (242 comments, 350 reshares, 3187 +1s)Open 

Released to mark His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, "A Force For Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World" reveals his fresh, radically different perspective on creating a better future; a vision that can be assimilated by each and every one of us on the basis of our common humanity.

Released to mark His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, "A Force For Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World" reveals his fresh, radically different perspective on creating a better future; a vision that can be assimilated by each and every one of us on the basis of our common humanity.___

2015-06-17 10:30:49 (257 comments, 477 reshares, 2759 +1s)Open 

It is important to teach schoolchildren that violence is a fruitless approach to solving problems. The use of violence and force inevitably entails unanticipated consequences and rarely any solution. It would be much better if children grew up accustomed to the idea that the proper way to resolve problems is through dialogue, through reaching a mutually agreeable solution.

It is important to teach schoolchildren that violence is a fruitless approach to solving problems. The use of violence and force inevitably entails unanticipated consequences and rarely any solution. It would be much better if children grew up accustomed to the idea that the proper way to resolve problems is through dialogue, through reaching a mutually agreeable solution.___

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2015-06-14 10:31:35 (233 comments, 301 reshares, 4256 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his hosts, members of the Mutitjulu community, returning from their walk through Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia on June 13, 2015. (Photo by Rusty Stewart)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his hosts, members of the Mutitjulu community, returning from their walk through Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia on June 13, 2015. (Photo by Rusty Stewart)___

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2015-06-12 10:31:01 (206 comments, 267 reshares, 3216 +1s)Open 

Archbishop of Brisbane the Most Reverend Mark Coleridge and Mr Ranjit Singh from the Sikh tradition look on as His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets Associate Professor Mahamad Abdalla, Imam at Kuraby Mosque, before the start of a multi-faith gathering at the Cathedral of St Stephen in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on June 11, 2015. (Photo by Rusty Stewart)

Archbishop of Brisbane the Most Reverend Mark Coleridge and Mr Ranjit Singh from the Sikh tradition look on as His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets Associate Professor Mahamad Abdalla, Imam at Kuraby Mosque, before the start of a multi-faith gathering at the Cathedral of St Stephen in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on June 11, 2015. (Photo by Rusty Stewart)___

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2015-06-11 10:42:11 (163 comments, 231 reshares, 3482 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama looking out over Sydney Harbor from a window at Luna Park before participating in a conference on "Happiness & It's Causes" in Sydney, Australia on June 10, 2015. (Photo by Rusty Stewart)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama looking out over Sydney Harbor from a window at Luna Park before participating in a conference on "Happiness & It's Causes" in Sydney, Australia on June 10, 2015. (Photo by Rusty Stewart)___

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2015-06-10 10:32:32 (174 comments, 250 reshares, 3850 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama taking part in a selfie with a member of the public in the lobby of his hotel on the the last day of a five day visit to Leura, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia on June 9, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Russell/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama taking part in a selfie with a member of the public in the lobby of his hotel on the the last day of a five day visit to Leura, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia on June 9, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Russell/OHHDL)___

2015-06-08 10:31:25 (208 comments, 553 reshares, 2754 +1s)Open 

In our modern society everything seems geared to material development, even our systems of education. As a result we no longer pay sufficient attention to our inner values, which leads to mental unrest. In order to address this imbalance we need to pay more attention to our minds.

In our modern society everything seems geared to material development, even our systems of education. As a result we no longer pay sufficient attention to our inner values, which leads to mental unrest. In order to address this imbalance we need to pay more attention to our minds.___

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2015-06-06 10:31:50 (189 comments, 322 reshares, 3356 +1s)Open 

There will be live webcasts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings and talks from Australia on June 8-14, 2015.

Times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST - GMT+10.00) and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST = GMT+8.00)

June 8th - Public Talk
His Holiness will give a talk on "The Wisdom of Forgiveness" at the Katoomba Public School in Leura, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia. Live broadcast can be viewed at http://dalaila.ma/1H70QBG
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm AEST

June 11th - Multi-Faith Prayers for World Peace
His Holiness will participate in a Multi-Faith event at the Cathedral of St. Stephens in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The live webcast can be viewed at http://archbne.org/bzw
Time: 2:45pm – 3:45pm AEST

June 11th-12th - Buddhist Teaching
His Holiness will teach on Nagarjuna's "PreciousGar... more »

There will be live webcasts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings and talks from Australia on June 8-14, 2015.

Times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST - GMT+10.00) and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST = GMT+8.00)

June 8th - Public Talk
His Holiness will give a talk on "The Wisdom of Forgiveness" at the Katoomba Public School in Leura, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia. Live broadcast can be viewed at http://dalaila.ma/1H70QBG
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm AEST

June 11th - Multi-Faith Prayers for World Peace
His Holiness will participate in a Multi-Faith event at the Cathedral of St. Stephens in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The live webcast can be viewed at http://archbne.org/bzw
Time: 2:45pm – 3:45pm AEST

June 11th-12th - Buddhist Teaching
His Holiness will teach on Nagarjuna's "Precious Garland" at the Brisbane Convention Center in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Live broadcast can be viewed at http://dalaila.ma/1H70QBG
Times:
June 11th: 9:00am – 11:00am & 12:30pm -2:30pm AEST
June 12th: 9:00am – 11:00am AEST

June 12th - Public Talk
His Holiness will give a public talk on "The Wisdom of Compassion at the Riverstage in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Live broadcast can be viewed at http://dalaila.ma/1H70QBG
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm AEST

June 14th - Public Talk
His Holiness will give a public talk on "The Wisdom of Giving & Receiving" at the Perth Arena in Perth, WA, Australia. Live broadcast can be viewed at http://dalaila.ma/1H70QBG
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm AWST

For times in your area 1:00pm AEST on May 8th in Brisbane, Australia, is the same as 8:30am IST on May 8th in New Delhi, India: 4:00am BST on May 8th in London, England; and 8:00pm PDT on May 7th in Los Angeles, California, USA. Other times can be found using Time Zone Converter (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html)

Photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama wearing a classic Australian hat presented to him during his visit to Adelaide, Australia on June 21, 2013. (Photo by Rusty Stewart)___

2015-06-05 10:33:05 (206 comments, 422 reshares, 2615 +1s)Open 

If our generation exploits everything available – trees, water, and minerals – without any thought for the coming generations, we’ll be at fault. But if we’re motivated by a genuine sense of universal responsibility our relations with the environment and our relations with our neighbours, both at home and abroad, will be more balanced.

If our generation exploits everything available – trees, water, and minerals – without any thought for the coming generations, we’ll be at fault. But if we’re motivated by a genuine sense of universal responsibility our relations with the environment and our relations with our neighbours, both at home and abroad, will be more balanced.___

2015-06-01 10:30:13 (185 comments, 399 reshares, 2711 +1s)Open 

There are grounds for optimism when you think that in the early 20th century few people used the word compassion, but nowadays even politicians talk about it. Similarly, a century ago hardly anyone thought about ecology and the environment the way they do today. What’s more, in the early 20th century people regarded war and the use of force as the only way to resolve problems, and today that has changed.

There are grounds for optimism when you think that in the early 20th century few people used the word compassion, but nowadays even politicians talk about it. Similarly, a century ago hardly anyone thought about ecology and the environment the way they do today. What’s more, in the early 20th century people regarded war and the use of force as the only way to resolve problems, and today that has changed.___

2015-05-25 10:31:13 (242 comments, 694 reshares, 3992 +1s)Open 

When our mind is calm, we’re better able to find peace of mind and live a joyful life.

When our mind is calm, we’re better able to find peace of mind and live a joyful life.___

2015-05-18 10:30:19 (241 comments, 473 reshares, 3100 +1s)Open 

We need to employ a secular approach to ethics, secular in the Indian sense of respecting all religious traditions and even the views of non-believers in an unbiased way. Secular ethics rooted in scientific findings, common experience and common sense can easily be introduced into the secular education system. If we can do that there is a real prospect of making this 21st century an era of peace and compassion.

We need to employ a secular approach to ethics, secular in the Indian sense of respecting all religious traditions and even the views of non-believers in an unbiased way. Secular ethics rooted in scientific findings, common experience and common sense can easily be introduced into the secular education system. If we can do that there is a real prospect of making this 21st century an era of peace and compassion.___

2015-05-12 10:30:30 (362 comments, 855 reshares, 3909 +1s)Open 

Everyone wants to be happy; happiness is a right. And while on a secondary level differences exist of nationality, faith, family background, social status and so on, more important is that on a human level we are the same. None of us wants to face problems, and yet we create them by stressing our differences. If we see each other just as fellow human beings, there'll be no basis for fighting or conflict between us.

Everyone wants to be happy; happiness is a right. And while on a secondary level differences exist of nationality, faith, family background, social status and so on, more important is that on a human level we are the same. None of us wants to face problems, and yet we create them by stressing our differences. If we see each other just as fellow human beings, there'll be no basis for fighting or conflict between us.___

2015-05-04 09:34:36 (404 comments, 659 reshares, 3733 +1s)Open 

Instead of wasting millions of dollars on weapons we dare never use, the money should be put to more positive ends. And it’s no use waiting for our leaders to take action, we the people have to take action to show our disapproval of these instruments of war and violence. This is in our interest, because invariably when things go wrong it’s ordinary people who suffer.

Instead of wasting millions of dollars on weapons we dare never use, the money should be put to more positive ends. And it’s no use waiting for our leaders to take action, we the people have to take action to show our disapproval of these instruments of war and violence. This is in our interest, because invariably when things go wrong it’s ordinary people who suffer.___

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2015-05-01 09:31:54 (129 comments, 272 reshares, 2026 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks on how to deal with anger in response to a student's question during his visit with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Tibetan Children's Village School (TCV) in Upper Dharamsala, HP, India on April 23, 2015. The full event can be viewed at https://youtu.be/5pKa3nYut2U

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks on how to deal with anger in response to a student's question during his visit with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Tibetan Children's Village School (TCV) in Upper Dharamsala, HP, India on April 23, 2015. The full event can be viewed at https://youtu.be/5pKa3nYut2U___

2015-04-27 09:30:46 (247 comments, 831 reshares, 3530 +1s)Open 

If our minds are ruled by destructive emotions, by self-centredness, with little regard for others, we won’t be happy. As social animals we need to work together. With friends around us, we feel secure, happy and our minds are calm. We’re physically well too. When we’re filled with anger, fear and frustration, our minds are upset and our health declines. Therefore, the ultimate source of happiness is warmheartedness.

If our minds are ruled by destructive emotions, by self-centredness, with little regard for others, we won’t be happy. As social animals we need to work together. With friends around us, we feel secure, happy and our minds are calm. We’re physically well too. When we’re filled with anger, fear and frustration, our minds are upset and our health declines. Therefore, the ultimate source of happiness is warmheartedness.___

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2015-04-24 09:31:05 (223 comments, 420 reshares, 3929 +1s)Open 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu dancing to all the children singing 'We are the World' during his visit with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibetan Children's Village School (TCV) in Upper Dharamsala, HP, India on April 23, 2015. Video of the event can be viewed at https://youtu.be/5pKa3nYut2U (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu dancing to all the children singing 'We are the World' during his visit with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibetan Children's Village School (TCV) in Upper Dharamsala, HP, India on April 23, 2015. Video of the event can be viewed at https://youtu.be/5pKa3nYut2U (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)___

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2015-04-21 09:39:03 (114 comments, 268 reshares, 2331 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama appreciates Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the image of joy during the first of several conversations as part of their collaboration on a book on joy at His Holiness's residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on April 20, 2015.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama appreciates Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the image of joy during the first of several conversations as part of their collaboration on a book on joy at His Holiness's residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on April 20, 2015.___

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2015-04-18 09:40:53 (251 comments, 397 reshares, 4292 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu exchange greetings on the Archbishop's arrival at Kangara Airport at the start of a seven day visit to collaborate on a book on joy in Dharamsala, HP, India on April 18, 2015.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu exchange greetings on the Archbishop's arrival at Kangara Airport at the start of a seven day visit to collaborate on a book on joy in Dharamsala, HP, India on April 18, 2015.___

2015-04-17 09:36:36 (220 comments, 565 reshares, 3335 +1s)Open 

We need a sense of the oneness of the 7 billion human beings alive today. When I meet people, I don't think about being different from them, about being Tibetan, Buddhist or even the Dalai Lama. I only think about being a human being. We all share the potential for positive and negative emotions, yet one of our special qualities is our human mind, our intelligence. If we use it well we'll be successful and happy.

We need a sense of the oneness of the 7 billion human beings alive today. When I meet people, I don't think about being different from them, about being Tibetan, Buddhist or even the Dalai Lama. I only think about being a human being. We all share the potential for positive and negative emotions, yet one of our special qualities is our human mind, our intelligence. If we use it well we'll be successful and happy.___

2015-04-13 09:30:10 (225 comments, 547 reshares, 3169 +1s)Open 

There are three reasons I try to promote human values as a source of happiness. Firstly, the kindness and affection we are shown by our mothers is our common experience. Secondly, it’s common sense that if a family is wealthy, but lacks basic kindness and affection, its members will likely be unhappy. Thirdly, even scientists today are finding evidence that the really effective source of happiness is peace of mind.

There are three reasons I try to promote human values as a source of happiness. Firstly, the kindness and affection we are shown by our mothers is our common experience. Secondly, it’s common sense that if a family is wealthy, but lacks basic kindness and affection, its members will likely be unhappy. Thirdly, even scientists today are finding evidence that the really effective source of happiness is peace of mind.___

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2015-04-09 09:30:57 (172 comments, 292 reshares, 4036 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting one of the young children who sang at the end of his teaching in Gifu, Japan on April 8, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Jigmey)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting one of the young children who sang at the end of his teaching in Gifu, Japan on April 8, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Jigmey)___

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2015-04-08 09:30:42 (185 comments, 289 reshares, 3900 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama interacting with students on his way to the hall to give a talk at Aichi Gakuen University in Nagoya, Japan on April 7, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Jigmey)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama interacting with students on his way to the hall to give a talk at Aichi Gakuen University in Nagoya, Japan on April 7, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Jigmey)___

2015-04-06 09:30:11 (372 comments, 660 reshares, 3518 +1s)Open 

The future will be in the hands of those of you who belong to the 21st century. You have the opportunity and responsibility to build a better humanity. This means developing warm-heartedness in this very life, here and now. So, do whatever work you do, but ask yourselves now and then, "How can I contribute to human beings being happier and more peaceful?"

The future will be in the hands of those of you who belong to the 21st century. You have the opportunity and responsibility to build a better humanity. This means developing warm-heartedness in this very life, here and now. So, do whatever work you do, but ask yourselves now and then, "How can I contribute to human beings being happier and more peaceful?"___

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2015-04-02 09:35:28 (166 comments, 228 reshares, 3356 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is welcomed by priests of the Soto Zen tradition on his arrival in Tokyo at the start of a thirteen day visit to Japan on April 2, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Russell/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is welcomed by priests of the Soto Zen tradition on his arrival in Tokyo at the start of a thirteen day visit to Japan on April 2, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Russell/OHHDL)___

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2015-03-30 09:32:31 (209 comments, 304 reshares, 3931 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with Indians and foreigners from over 56 countries visiting Dharamsala at the Main Tibetan Temple courtyard in Dharamsala, HP, India on March 30, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with Indians and foreigners from over 56 countries visiting Dharamsala at the Main Tibetan Temple courtyard in Dharamsala, HP, India on March 30, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)___

2015-03-25 09:30:14 (251 comments, 595 reshares, 3401 +1s)Open 

Because past environmental destruction was the result of ignorance, we can easily forgive it. Today, we are better informed. Therefore, it’s essential that we make an ethical examination of what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and what we will pass on to coming generations. Ours is clearly a pivotal generation. We have global communication and yet confrontation is more common than dialogue.

Because past environmental destruction was the result of ignorance, we can easily forgive it. Today, we are better informed. Therefore, it’s essential that we make an ethical examination of what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and what we will pass on to coming generations. Ours is clearly a pivotal generation. We have global communication and yet confrontation is more common than dialogue.___

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2015-03-22 09:31:31 (496 comments, 750 reshares, 7024 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama cuts the first birthday cake of his 80th year to share with Indian friends in New Delhi, India on March 22, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama cuts the first birthday cake of his 80th year to share with Indian friends in New Delhi, India on March 22, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)___

2015-03-16 09:30:46 (268 comments, 796 reshares, 3825 +1s)Open 

Destructive thoughts and emotions undermine the very causes of peace and happiness. If you think clearly about it, it makes no sense to think you’re seeking happiness, if you do nothing to restrain angry, spiteful, and malicious thoughts and emotions.

Destructive thoughts and emotions undermine the very causes of peace and happiness. If you think clearly about it, it makes no sense to think you’re seeking happiness, if you do nothing to restrain angry, spiteful, and malicious thoughts and emotions.___

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2015-03-12 12:10:27 (197 comments, 282 reshares, 4105 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is welcomed by monks playing traditional long horns on his arrival at Palpung Sherabling Monastery in Upper Bhattu, Himachal Pradesh, India on March 11, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is welcomed by monks playing traditional long horns on his arrival at Palpung Sherabling Monastery in Upper Bhattu, Himachal Pradesh, India on March 11, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)___

2015-03-09 09:30:33 (338 comments, 875 reshares, 4008 +1s)Open 

The interesting thing about greed is that although the underlying motive is to seek satisfaction, even after obtaining what you want, you’re still not satisfied. It’s this endless, nagging desire for more that leads to trouble. On the other hand, if you’re truly contented, it doesn't matter whether you get what you want or not. Either way, you remain content.

The interesting thing about greed is that although the underlying motive is to seek satisfaction, even after obtaining what you want, you’re still not satisfied. It’s this endless, nagging desire for more that leads to trouble. On the other hand, if you’re truly contented, it doesn't matter whether you get what you want or not. Either way, you remain content.___

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2015-03-05 10:31:04 (272 comments, 415 reshares, 4691 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama playfully greeting young monks early in the morning on his way to the Main Tibetan Temple to join in the final day of the Great Prayer Festival in Dharamsala, HP, India on March 5, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama playfully greeting young monks early in the morning on his way to the Main Tibetan Temple to join in the final day of the Great Prayer Festival in Dharamsala, HP, India on March 5, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)___

2015-02-23 10:30:48 (403 comments, 941 reshares, 4159 +1s)Open 

Experience has shown me that the greatest inner tranquillity comes from developing love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove our fears and insecurities and gives us strength to face obstacles - it is the ultimate source of success in life.

Experience has shown me that the greatest inner tranquillity comes from developing love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove our fears and insecurities and gives us strength to face obstacles - it is the ultimate source of success in life.___

2015-02-16 10:31:50 (403 comments, 607 reshares, 3688 +1s)Open 

I’m sure all of us agree that we need to overcome violence, but we first need to examine whether it has any value. From a strictly practical perspective, on certain occasions violence appears to be useful. We can solve a problem quickly by force. But this success is often at the expense of the rights and welfare of others. Although one problem has been solved, the seed of another has been planted.

I’m sure all of us agree that we need to overcome violence, but we first need to examine whether it has any value. From a strictly practical perspective, on certain occasions violence appears to be useful. We can solve a problem quickly by force. But this success is often at the expense of the rights and welfare of others. Although one problem has been solved, the seed of another has been planted.___

2015-02-09 10:34:25 (316 comments, 704 reshares, 3894 +1s)Open 

It is often difficult to judge how our actions and their impact on the environment are likely to affect others. What is clear is that we are the only species with the power to destroy the earth. Birds and insects have no such power, nor does any other mammal. And yet if we have the capacity to destroy the earth, we also have the capacity to protect it. I believe we have an urgent responsibility to do so.

It is often difficult to judge how our actions and their impact on the environment are likely to affect others. What is clear is that we are the only species with the power to destroy the earth. Birds and insects have no such power, nor does any other mammal. And yet if we have the capacity to destroy the earth, we also have the capacity to protect it. I believe we have an urgent responsibility to do so.___

2015-02-03 10:30:16 (310 comments, 673 reshares, 3680 +1s)Open 

It seems that for some people the idea of compassion entails a complete disregard for or even a sacrifice of their own interests. This is not the case. In fact, you first of all have to have a wish to be happy yourself – if you don’t love yourself like that, how can you love others?

It seems that for some people the idea of compassion entails a complete disregard for or even a sacrifice of their own interests. This is not the case. In fact, you first of all have to have a wish to be happy yourself – if you don’t love yourself like that, how can you love others?___

2015-01-29 10:30:36 (288 comments, 664 reshares, 3310 +1s)Open 

Interdependence is a fundamental law of nature. Even tiny insects survive by cooperating with each other. Our own survival is so dependent on the help of others that a need for love lies at the very core of our existence. This is why we need to cultivate a genuine sense of responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others.

Interdependence is a fundamental law of nature. Even tiny insects survive by cooperating with each other. Our own survival is so dependent on the help of others that a need for love lies at the very core of our existence. This is why we need to cultivate a genuine sense of responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others.___

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2015-01-28 10:31:05 (155 comments, 208 reshares, 3336 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama posing for a photograph with a young student during his visit to the Dayanand Anglo-Vedic (DAV) School in Ghaziabad, UP, India on January 27, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama posing for a photograph with a young student during his visit to the Dayanand Anglo-Vedic (DAV) School in Ghaziabad, UP, India on January 27, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)___

2015-01-23 10:30:44 (197 comments, 430 reshares, 2788 +1s)Open 

Compassion is something we can count on. Even if we face economic problems and our fortunes decline, we can still share our compassion with our fellow human beings. National and global economies are subject to many ups and downs, but through them all we can retain a compassionate attitude that will carry us through.

Compassion is something we can count on. Even if we face economic problems and our fortunes decline, we can still share our compassion with our fellow human beings. National and global economies are subject to many ups and downs, but through them all we can retain a compassionate attitude that will carry us through.___

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