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Inspirational Quotes from the Dalai Lama’s Talks in Honolulu

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama returned to Hawaii for two talks at the UH Stan Sheriff Center.


The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet spoke to two crowds of 9,000 people each about the role of peace and compassion in daily life.

photos: courtesy Pillars of peace hawaii

Tenzin Gyatso, 76 years old, was born in Amdo, Tibet. At age two he was recognized as the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. (Dalai Lamas are believed to be the manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of compassion and patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.) Gyatso was educated in Tibet before being exiled in 1959. He continued his work in India and in 1989 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He has traveled to more than 62 countries. He last visited Hawaii, speaking in Honolulu, in 1994.

His two talks this year were held at the UH Stan Sheriff Center, where he spoke to a combined total of 18,000 people. Entertainment before he took the stage both days included dance crews, Taimane Gardner, Anuhea Jenkins, Jack Johnson, Amy Hanaiali‘i, Willie K., Henry Kapono and more.

Here are some quotes from the Dalai Lama sparking inner peace, compassion, respect, forgiveness and happiness:

“We’re the same, you and me, mentally, emotionally, physically.”

“Satisfaction brings us inner peace.”

“I believe the purpose of education is to reduce the gap between reality and appearances.”

Ehunuikaimalino member Hero Wooching shares a moment with the Dalai Lama on stage.

“World peace must come through inner peace. Inner peace is essential including your healthy body. Healthy body is very much linked to healthy mind.”

“The real destroyer of inner peace is fear and distrust. Fear develops frustration, frustration develops anger, anger develops violence.”

“Respect all religions, but also respect nonbelievers.”

“Different continents, different countries, different religions, they are secondary.”

“Peace, you see, ultimately depends on motivation.”

“When promoting nonviolence, we must begin with motivation.”

The Halau Hula Olana, or School of Living Hula, surrounded the Dalai Lama on stage during Sunday's closing performance.

“Educate the value of nonviolence through secular education.”

“The only way to deal with problems is by logic, through reason, through the basics of dialogue.”

“Try to build peace through dialogue.”

“Forgiveness and forgetfulness are very different. Forgiveness does not mean to accept the wrongdoing. The real sense is to not keep negative feelings toward that person.”

“Too much greed means unrealistic desires.”

“Everyone has the right to achieve happiness.”


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