The Meaning of Life, according to The Dalai Lama.


When we stop obsessing about our own happiness, a funny thing happens:

The Dalai Lama, perhaps because of his language and ability to communicate with peoples all around the world, knows how to strike to the heart of Dharma, and keep it pithy, and accessible.

The point of life, after all, isn’t just to eat, sleep, brush our teeth, get married, work, travel, etc. It’s to be of benefit. And when we think of others, first, we discover our own joy comes right along.
For more wisdom:

“Every morning, recite this.” ~ Dalai Lama

The True Meaning of Life, via The Dalai Lama (for those with less than 20-20 vision):

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Photos taken at Shambhala Mountain Center: @waylonlewis on Instagram.

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Daniel Ortega Mar 7, 2019 9:23am

When all is said and done take a look around you and see where you are. It is a reflection of your consciousness. Live life to the fullest and be of benefit to humanity in a humble expression. Joy, entertainment, relaxation and fun in every moment!

Amy E Jul 19, 2014 2:19am

Love the Dalai Lama…a great crusader for peace. These are the ultimate truths. Thanks for the inspiration.

Dec 29, 2013 2:24pm

Love this reminder! I was just watching a Walk the Talk interview with Byron Katie and this reminds me of the idea that our thinking is the root of our unhappiness. Here's to not thinking, but focusing on benefiting others…

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Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view. His dream of 9 years, the Elephant “Ecosystem” will find a way to pay 1,000s of writers a month, helping reverse the tide of low-quality, unpaid writing & reading for free online.