21 Life-Changing Lessons From The Dalai Lama's Twitter Account

Peace and compassion above all else.

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1. We are all in control of our own paths.

The quality of our actions, whether they are positive or negative, depends on our motivation. This is why we have to transform our minds.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

The quality of our actions, whether they are positive or negative, depends on our motivation. This is why we have to transform our minds.

5:29 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

2. Material things won't make you happy.

A meaningful life isn't about acquiring money and other facilities; it’s about dedicating your life to helping others as much as you can.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

A meaningful life isn't about acquiring money and other facilities; it’s about dedicating your life to helping others as much as you can.

5:30 AM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

3. But compassion is.

Compassion is what makes our lives meaningful.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

Compassion is what makes our lives meaningful.

5:30 AM - 05 Aug 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

4. Being kind requires you to kee other people in mind.

Human happiness depends on taking others into account.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

Human happiness depends on taking others into account.

5:30 AM - 04 Jun 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

5. Religion by itself is not the only answer to the world's problems.

It’s unrealistic to think that the future of humanity can be achieved only on the basis of prayer, what we need is to take action.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

It’s unrealistic to think that the future of humanity can be achieved only on the basis of prayer, what we need is to take action.

5:32 AM - 12 Apr 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

6. Honesty is essential to leading a fulfilled life.

It is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

It is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty.

5:30 AM - 21 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

7. Basically, honesty is the key to everything.

If you are honest, truthful, and transparent, people trust you. If people trust you, you have no grounds for fear, suspicion or jealousy.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

If you are honest, truthful, and transparent, people trust you. If people trust you, you have no grounds for fear, suspicion or jealousy.

5:28 AM - 28 Jan 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

8. The only way to create your wants and desires is through your own actions.

Everybody wants a happy life and a peaceful mind, but we have to produce peace of mind through our own practice.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

Everybody wants a happy life and a peaceful mind, but we have to produce peace of mind through our own practice.

5:12 AM - 17 May 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

9. It's good to have dreams, but it's even better to have realistic goals.

No matter what our motivation may be, if we are not realistic we will not fulfil our goal.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

No matter what our motivation may be, if we are not realistic we will not fulfil our goal.

5:29 AM - 30 Dec 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

10. Don't underestimate the power of forgiveness.

Forgiveness is how we put a stop to anger, ill-will and a desire for revenge.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

Forgiveness is how we put a stop to anger, ill-will and a desire for revenge.

5:29 AM - 09 Sep 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

11. All human beings have something in common: the fact that we all belong to the human race.

Despite the superficial differences between us, we need to have a sense that all 7 billion human beings belong to one human family.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

Despite the superficial differences between us, we need to have a sense that all 7 billion human beings belong to one human family.

5:28 AM - 02 Jul 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

12. Fear isn't always a bad thing.

Fear that makes us run from a mad dog is useful and necessary, whereas fear rooted in mistrust is unhelpful and needs to be overcome.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

Fear that makes us run from a mad dog is useful and necessary, whereas fear rooted in mistrust is unhelpful and needs to be overcome.

5:29 AM - 17 Sep 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

13. You have to take matters into your own hands.

If you want change, create the causes.

14. There's always a silver lining.

If tragedy strikes, don’t lose hope. Transform it into an opportunity to make things better.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

If tragedy strikes, don’t lose hope. Transform it into an opportunity to make things better.

5:31 AM - 08 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

15. Mental health and happiness should be prioritized just as much as physical health.

Just as we teach about physical hygiene in the interest of good health, we now need to teach about mental or emotional hygiene too.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

Just as we teach about physical hygiene in the interest of good health, we now need to teach about mental or emotional hygiene too.

5:30 AM - 24 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

16. Compassion can also help achieve better mental health standards.

As you develop a more compassionate attitude, you feel less anxiety, while your determination and self-confidence increase.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

As you develop a more compassionate attitude, you feel less anxiety, while your determination and self-confidence increase.

5:37 AM - 09 Apr 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

17. Friendship is about give and take — it's not a one-way street.

Genuine friendship depends on genuine affection and taking a sense of responsibility for each other.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

Genuine friendship depends on genuine affection and taking a sense of responsibility for each other.

5:32 AM - 21 May 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

18. Everyone should care about the quality of the world around them.

As human beings, we have a common responsibility to build a more peaceful society.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

As human beings, we have a common responsibility to build a more peaceful society.

5:29 AM - 27 Sep 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

19. Change doesn't come naturally — you have to work for it.

Improvement requires continuous effort.

20. Children are the future.

Today's children are hugely important, our hopes for the future lie in their hands and rest on their shoulders.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

Today's children are hugely important, our hopes for the future lie in their hands and rest on their shoulders.

5:56 AM - 15 Jun 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

21. Don't just focus on yourself — worry about the love and gifts you can give others.

More important than being loved is to love.

Dalai Lama@DalaiLama

More important than being loved is to love.

5:30 AM - 25 Jul 12ReplyRetweetFavorite