Liberal Arts Blog — The Dalai Lama: Selected Quotes, Notes, Photographs

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Today’s Topic: The Dalai Lama (1935- ): Selected Quotes, Notes, Photographs

Are you a Dalai Lama fan? Many are. Many are not. For very different reasons. He has compromised on the issue of Tibetan independence. He considers abortion to be murder. He has declared himself to be a Marxist. On the other hand, he is widely revered as one of the great spiritual leaders of our time. Today, I decided to poke around and learn a little more about him. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.


1. “As you breathe in cherish yourself, as you breathe out cherish all beings.”

2. “The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.”

3. “Carefully consider what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life.”

NB: “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”


1. “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

2. “An open heart is an open mind.”

3. “Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”

NB: “Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.”


1. “Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.”

2. “We can live without religion and meditation. We can not live without human affection.”

3. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

NB: “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”


1. “All suffering is caused by ignorance.”

2. “If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.”

FOOTNOTE — Head of State, the Nobel Peace Prize, the Potala Palace,

1. The Dalai Lama was traditionally the Head of State of Tibet from 1659–1959)

2. The current Dalai Lama (the 14th) took power at the age of 15 in 1950 and held it until 1959 when he went into exile in India. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. “In May 2011, the Dalai Lama retired from the Central Tibetan Administration.”

3. The succession is unclear. (See fourth link for details.)

NB: “The Potala Palace (see photo above),winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m. Also founded in the 7th century, the Jokhang Temple Monastery is an exceptional Buddhist religious complex. Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s former summer palace, constructed in the 18th century, is a masterpiece of Tibetan art. The beauty and originality of the architecture of these three sites, their rich ornamentation and harmonious integration in a striking landscape, add to their historic and religious interest.”

14th Dalai Lama — Wikipedia

Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama — Wikipedia

Potala Palace — Wikipedia

Succession of the 14th Dalai Lama — Wikipedia

Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa

Jokhang — Wikipedia

Norbulingka — Wikipedia


“Beauty is truth, truth beauty, — that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”


#1 A graphic guide to justice (9 metaphors on one page).

#2 “39 Songs, Prayers, and Poems: the Keys to the Hearts of Seven Billion People” — Adams House Senior Common Room Presentation, 11/17/20

PDF with headlines — Google Drive


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Passionate about education, thinking citizenship, art, and passing bits on of wisdom of a long lifetime.