Tenzin Gyatso, born Lhamo Dondrub, is the 14th and current Dalai Lama, the most prominent monk of Tibetan Buddhism, a role he assumed at the age of 15. A Nobel Peace Prize winner and prolific speaker (he was at the Glastonbury Music Festival this year!), this spiritual and religious leader has long preached love, peace, compassion, equal rights for all, and respect for science and the environment.
To celebrate his 80th birthday, we're rounding up some of his most inspiring quotes. Read on.
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
"Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions."
"If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims."
"Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength."
"Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace."
"If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them."
"Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day."
"Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well."
"Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it."
"Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality."
"It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view."
"Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life."
What is your favorite quote from the Dalai Lama? Tell us in the comments!