Someone asked the Dalai Lama (?) what surprises him most. This was his response.

Via on Jul 31, 2011

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Update: there’s a ton of discussion in comments, as well as elsewhere online, about who said this. What is clear is that the Dalai Lama said something very near to this (he does not speak fluent English). See comments. In any case, it’s quote or sentiment we appreciate, and the 2.0 nature of the internet, in this case, has only served to improve the original, simple offering that is this inspiring quote. ~ ed.

I got chills reading this. Dalai Lama? Nailed it!

Via Reddit.

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137 Responses to “Someone asked the Dalai Lama (?) what surprises him most. This was his response.”

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  4. BAV says:

    Man how dare you try to motivate people with words… lol no really man I love the positive message. I don't even get surprised any longer when people find negative in something positive. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Tim I says:

    I love this man. If you go to youtube and watch some of his teachings you won't be able to keep from smiling.

  6. Dak555 says:

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  8. Anna Weber says:

    When one first becomes aware of the wisdom of such a statement, there is a shift in thinking. Unfortunately, after not too long a period of time, much of that re-newed thinking falls by the wayside… until another bright glimmer comes along at a later date. We can only pray that glimmer comes along with some frequency!

  9. Dalai Lama says:

    Regardless of whether the dalai lama said this or not, you people are, once again, focusing on the wrong part of the story. The focus is the quote, not who said it. If the dalai lama was the main focus of this then it would have been clear. instead, the QUOTE is in BIG LETTERS making it the focus of the piece. The point is, Humans are being stupid. STOP worrying about the future and enjoy the present. That doesn't mean don't prepare for the future. That doesn't mean don't work towards something. It just means live like you're going to die. Work but make time to enjoy the world around you. Don't overwork yourself and sacrifice your enjoyment of life because if you die before you reach your goals, then what was the point of you working? It's kind of like having a really crazy plan and having a fallback for when that plan falls through. If you spend your life working towards a goal but take the time to enjoy life as well, then if things don't work out, you can at least say that you hadn't wasted your life working towards it. You enjoyed where you were as well. Although, to be honest, if you enjoy where you are then getting somewhere doesn't seem as important to you anymore. It's all how you look at it I guess. Anyway, enjoy life because you ARE going to die and when you get to that point, all the money and material possessions in the world won't mean a damn thing to you.

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    It can move people to change and reflect regardless of who said it or whether it was religious speak or spiritual or George Carlin or Bugs Bunny.

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  13. Cathy says:

    Beautifully and truthfully said.

  14. mithras says:

    The Buddha never had a problem with lay people making money — as long as they made it though 'right livelihood' and used their blamelessly-gained wealth to take care of parents and to practice generosity (the first of the perfections).

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  16. Lexi says:

    Exactly. I know so many people living this way. People don't realize that nothing lasts forever, and that you take nothing with you to the grave. Health is real wealth, as money can't buy you health.

  17. Rugeirn Drienborough says:

    Several commentors have asked questions to the effect of, "Who cares if he said it or not?"

    It's very important whether or not a given quote is accurately attributed. Great damage can be done by putting words into someone else's mouth. It is not only a lie, it is also a slander, and a kind of particularly public identity theft.

    Just ask yourself this: How would you feel if you woke up one morning and found the twitterverse buzzing about something you said – except you didn't say it?

    The internet is particularly vulnerable to falsehood. The only way to protect ourselves from that is to insist on the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truty.

  18. debaumer says:

    Seems that the first time (or two) this was posted the great concern was that the quote was attributed to the Dalai Lama and actually was not from him. Adding my 2 cents, I think that it's not only important to point out that it was not his quote, but crucial to find out exactly who it should be attributed to. Improper (or not) attributing material taken from another source is not only bad journalism, it's plagiarism. Unfortunately, I've seen more and more of that occurring in this particular journal of late, and more shrugging it off by the staff, as though it's not that big of a deal. Seriously unprofessional.

  19. Guest says:

    Whether this was his actual quote or not, we definitely need to question this man- he is not what he portrays himself to be to the world. http://www.falsedalailama.com

  20. elephantjournal says:

    I looked, and it's all over google, and I couldn't find the source. It sounds to me like the Dalai Lama, edited of course since his English is limited and simple. But I don't know more than that. I have no reason to doubt the source unless we're given a reason to doubt it.

  21. bh021552 says:

    Nice sleuthing. This sounded too professional to be the Dalai Lama, tho' he might agree.(Not sure what would surprise him; maybe China getting a conscience before it travels through it's new imperialism as it supplants the US?)

  22. elephantjournal says:

    Siona, you're on it! Anyone at that talk in Lisbon?!

  23. guest says:

    According to the Office of the Dalai Lama this quote is not from him…..

    11/26/11

    Dear Amy,

    Thank you for your email inquiring about this particular quote which has been attributed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness has made no such remarks, either in speech or in writing. We trust this clarifies it.

    Best wishes,

    Tenzin Gyalpo
    Administrative Assistant

    Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    Thekchen Choeling
    P.O. McLeod Ganj
    Dharamsala
    Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) 176219
    India

  24. Guest says:

    That's not Carlin. That's Louis C.K.

  25. Siona says:

    Does it matter? That Lisbon talk was in 2007; the Paler translation is from 2005. (And who knows when his "Interview with God" was written) My money is on the Romanian activist / writer.

  26. Sunil says:

    Good point. The quote is indicative on a how a majority of us live our lives, and it is easier distract ourselves from the truths of this quote then face the fatal flaws in our lifestyles.

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