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Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

— Dalai Lama

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Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.

We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good.


Tibet has a very proud people but it's culturally gone and overrun ever since the Chinese took over. It's like saving the rhino. When a species is endangered, it's gone.

What the Dalai Lama had to resolve was whether to stay in Tibet or leave.

He wanted to stay, but staying would have meant the total destruction of Tibet, because he would have died and that would have ripped the heart out of his people.

Free Tibet before free trade.

It is time for the government of China to stop holding innocent religious figures in captivity merely for peacefully protesting China's occupation of Tibet.

You don't become a saint until you lead a good life whether in Tibet or Italy or America.


Tibet is a beautiful and richly endowed region of our great motherland.

I never believed that U2 wanted to save the whales.

I don't believe that The Beastie Boys are ready to lay it down for Tibet.

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

People in Tibet have an expression. When you reach a certain degree of venerableness and age, and people ask, "How are you?," there is an expression that people use that means, "Just barely not dead." Some people might be frightened by it but I think it's quite funny.

Judge your success by what you had to give up to get it.


The Chinese government wants me to say that for many centuries Tibet has been part of China. Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change past history. History is history.

I would love to go and see the Himalayan Mountain Kingdoms.

There are very few left now. I would loved to have gone to Tibet and Nepal. And there are still parts of central Asia that are utterly unexplored.

My responsibility is to save Tibet, to protect its ancient cultural heritage.

If we lose our hope, that's our real disaster!

So I phoned up the spiritual leader of tibet, he sent me a large goat with a long neck, turns out I phoned dial a lama.


Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

I've been to Nepal, but I'd like to go to Tibet.

It must be a wonderful place to go. I don't think there's anything there, but it would be a nice place to visit.

Because my main concern is the Tibetan Buddhist culture, not just political independence, I cannot seek self-rule for central Tibet and exclude the 4 million Tibetans in our two eastern provinces of Amdo and Kham.

Today, due to the massive Chinese population transfer, the nation of Tibet truly faces the threat of extinction, along with its unique cultural heritage of Buddhist spirituality.

I only escaped from Tibet because I feared my people would resort to desperate violence if the Chinese took me as their prisoner.


Up to now my involvement in the Tibetan freedom struggle has been part of my spiritual practice, because the issues of the survival of the Buddha Teaching and the freedom of Tibet are very much related. In this particular struggle, there is no problem with many monks and nuns, including myself, joining.

In some respects I have been the most unlucky because I have spent more time living as a refugee outside my country than I have spent in Tibet. On the other hand, it has been very rewarding for me to live in a democracy and to learn about the world in a way that we Tibetans had never known before.

I totally disagree with the view that the Tibet struggle will die, and there will be no hope for Tibet, after the Dalai Lama passes away.

I have three commitments. Number one commitment is promotion of human value. Number two commitment is promotion of race harmony. Number three commitment is about Tibet. My retirement is the third commitment. The previous two commitments, to my death, I have committed.

Your shame will be your torture, and your torture will be your life. I wish it long.


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When I am in Tibet, I am very happy. The Tibetans radiate. They literally send out light. The Dalai Lama's holiness generates love and compassion to every human being. He has committed himself to that. I haven't made that leap yet. I haven't given up self-aspiration. I still love making movies.

Jesus must have been a really great artist in creating enemies because he was only thirty-three when he was crucified, and there were only three years of work because he appeared at the age of thirty. Up to that time he was with the mystery schools, going around the world to Egypt, to India, and the possibility is even to Tibet and to Japan.

[Tibet] never sought any territory. All it wanted is the conquest of the soul, that people should attain a kind of inner sovereignty, inner independence, inner freedom. And inner strength to attain the absolute.

If I were to die today, I would have some concern for Tibet.

But I know that I have personally done as much as I can to use my existence for others. So I have no regret.