Buddhist Quotes on Happiness

by MBC

Read this page if you want to learn to be as happy as the Dalai Lama. A childlike playful attitude is the place to begin. This article quotes many Buddhist leaders.

Have you ever noticed how much His Holiness the Dalai Lama laughs? He laughs in spite of all the difficulties. I love this photo because it shows his childlike playful attitude. If you can learn to do that it will serve you well. So smile!

The root of Buddhism is the Four Nobel Truths, which states that there is suffering and we can rise above it by applying techniques which reduce our attachment and clinging to things, people and life itself. In this article I will focus on Buddhist resources to assist you in increasing your joy. Here's some wisdom to start with:

"Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well." ~ Buddha

Were you aware that His Holiness the Dalai Lama turned 80 in July 2015? I want to wish him a long life and give thanks for his life and teachings.

A Quote by by Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche

"Love is the only cause of happiness. Its nature is all-pervasive like space. Love is the sunlight of the mind."

"Forgiveness is the healing of wounds, however they may be caused. It does not always lead to healed relationships, but it does lead to healed lives. When you choose to let go of a past wrong and of blame and hatred, you choose to invite love and peace into your life."

Quote from The Tibetan Art of Serenity by Christopher Hansard

This "hung" is painted by Lama Zopa and is usually painted over the heart.

From His Holiness’ Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, Oslo, December 1989

“I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we may succeed in building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings.”

Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche Quote

“Activities are endless, like ripples on a stream.
They end only when you drop them.
Human moods are like the changing highlights and shadows on a sunlit mountain range.
All activities are like the games children play, like castles being made of sand.
View them with delight and equanimity, like grandparents overseeing their grandchildren or a shepherd resting on a grassy knoll watching over his grazing flock."

I Love This Particular Quote

If you keep this in mind, that's all you need.
Buddha Quote
Buddha Quote

Matthieu Ricard Quote

"To love oneself is to love life. It is essential to understand that we make ourselves happy in making others happy."

Profound Anonymous Quote

"Every sixty seconds you spend angry, upset or mad is a full minute of happiness you'll never get back." -Unknown

Pema Chodron on Happiness

Joy Versus Fun Quote by Domo Geshe Rinpoche

"Joy is not like fun. True joy will arise spontaneously when obstacles are removed, releasing the imprisoned life force energies of mind and body.

Fun is simply a manufactured commodity that shakes us until we feel giddy; making a hollow promise to release us into the freedom of joy that we innately crave."

Buddha Santa Postage Stamp

Happiness Quotes by the 14th Dalai Lama

"I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles."His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Ladack


"Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony."


"The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in it's own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world."

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VioletteRose on 10/23/2014

Beautiful quotes :) I especially like the one that says about mutual respect.

MBC on 10/21/2014

Yes, so many of us have been moved by His Holiness. A great man indeed.

frankbeswick on 10/20/2014

The Dalai Lama combines great scholarship on not only Buddhism, but world religions with a great personal character. A great person indeed. I have been fascinated by him since as a gravely ill child I lay in bed and heard of his escape from the Chinese. At what was a dire time in my life his escape gave me inspiration.

MBC on 10/20/2014

Yes, he does. I've studied with him and love him!

Guest on 10/20/2014

MBC, Buddhist literature contains many beautiful quotes, such as the ones which you have selected. What impresses me about the Dalai Lama is that every word he writes and every word he speaks concerning Buddhism are linked to the incredible complexities of the Buddhist canon. He has an amazing talent for distilling all these complexities into understandable presentations and also to make them relevant to the modern world.

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