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Everyone can understand from natural experience and common sense that affection is crucial from the day of birth; it is the basis of life.

Everyone can understand from natural experience and common sense that affection is crucial from the day of birth; it is the basis of life. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This one seems straight forward enough. He says that affection, the showing of love and compassion, is crucial from the day of our birth. He also […]

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Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. – Charles Dickens What does that mean? This is a slightly shortened quote from Our Mutual Friend, Book 2, Chapter 8. However, the missing portions are not necessary for the purposes of discussing this quote, in my […]

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Without a sense of equanimity, unbiased love and compassion cannot even get started.

Without a sense of equanimity, unbiased love and compassion cannot even get started. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Let’s start with a definition. At thefreedictionary.com, equanimity is defined as “The quality of being calm and even-tempered; composure.” So, restating the quote, it becomes: “Without an even temper, unbiased love and compassion cannot even get started.” […]

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Wonderful spiritual qualities, such as unbounded love and compassion, are present as potentials in all our minds.

Wonderful spiritual qualities, such as unbounded love and compassion, are present as potentials in all our minds. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Spiritual qualities, or just about anything else, exist in our minds as potential. We can be great or small in so many different aspects of our lives, spiritual or otherwise. We can […]

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Always forgive your enemies…

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? Well, it seems to be stated as if it were a joke, a mind game to play with your enemies. But it is true, it will annoy them immensely, trust me. I’ve been on both sides of this saying. It is […]

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Time heals what reason cannot.

Time heals what reason cannot. – Seneca What does that mean? “Be reasonable about it.” You’ve heard this before, I’d imagine. Something has happened, and you are upset. You eventually calm down and think through the problem. Most of the time you can come to an understanding of what happened and reason prevails. Perhaps it […]

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An authentic attitude of compassion…

An authentic attitude of compassion doesn’t change, even faced with another person’s negative behavior. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, it says that it’s easy to have what might be called conditional compassion. Compassion for certain people or certain groups of people. And a lack of compassion for other people or groups of […]

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According to my own experience…

According to my own experience, the highest level of inner calm comes from the development of love and compassion. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? The full quote is as follows: According to my own experience, the highest level of inner calm comes from the development of love and compassion. The more concerned we are […]

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If we reserve ethical conduct…

If we reserve ethical conduct for those whom we feel close to, we may neglect our responsibilities toward those outside this circle. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, it seems a bit self evident.  If we only treat our friends nicely, we are not treating the rest of the people as well […]

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Compassion belongs to every…

Compassion belongs to every sphere of activity, including, of course, the workplace. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, it means that there is room for compassion in all aspects of our lives.  Our work life is no different from any other aspect of our lives.  Compassion belongs in us when we are […]

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Suffering becomes beautiful when…

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.  – Aristotle What does that mean? Once again, we have a translation from Ancient Greek.  Just what are the flavors of calamity and which forms of suffering does he mean?  I choose to take the words at […]

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Developing love and compassion and reducing anger and spite is a universal activity which requires no faith in any religion whatsoever.

Developing love and compassion and reducing anger and spite is a universal activity which requires no faith in any religion whatsoever.– Dalai Lama What does that mean? As the Dalai Lama is a religious leader, I believe he is qualifying his statement to let everyone know that anyone can participate.  The quote talks about his core […]

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When we are motivated by wisdom and compassion, the results of our actions benefit everyone.

When we are motivated by wisdom and compassion, the results of our actions benefit everyone… – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this is fairly straight forward.  When we act from a place of compassion, with wisdom as our guide, it is very hard to do something that doesn’t also benefit others.  In other words, […]

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You won’t help shoots grow by pulling them up higher.

You won’t help shoots grow by pulling them up higher. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? Shoots, being a term for young plants, need to grow to be useful.  So the sooner they grow tall, the sooner you get to harvest them.  However, as this saying states, pulling on them doesn’t make them taller, […]

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