The Dalai Lama: "The Idea of Leading Many Lives brings me Optimism"
“Knowledge gives us courage. If we had only one life, we might well feel demoralized, but the idea of leading many lives brings me optimism. Buddhist traditions have many techniques for training the mind so there’s no need to feel disheartened."
The Dalai Lama speaking at the Compassionate Leadership Summit in October 2022.
More on the Dalai Lama's Teachings on Optimism
I attended the Dalai Lama in Audience with Action for Happiness (2021)
The Dalai Lama told us, "A more optimistic attitude is key to the care of teenagers and children through this pandemic. A pessimistic attitude is very bad. Helping children to stay hopeful and still optimistic despite the difficulties is very important."
The Dalai Lama also said that whenever he meets people, he smiles!
Dalai Lama speaking to the United States Institute of Peace Youth Leaders in 2016
"Be optimistic. It is quite sure whenever we start some good work with sincere motivation; obstacles are bound to happen. Then, there is a danger that we lose hope and become pessimistic. That is real failure if we lose our hope and conviction. "I can not do. I can not do it. I can not do." That's real failure. No matter how difficult it is, we should be more optimistic in attitude. That's my own experience through these difficult decades. I always keep that optimism."
Dalai Lama to University of California San Diego Commencement 2017
“As a result of your dedicated studies you are receiving your degrees today. I congratulate you. Now you should think of how you will use the knowledge you’ve gained, not to make problems for others, but to create peace. What will make a difference is warm-heartedness. You’ll need determination and optimism, will-power and self-confidence. It’s my experience that a warm-hearted concern for others strengthens our confidence.”
Dalai Lama, Minneapolis, 2014
“There is no other choice. An optimistic attitude, not foolishly, but holistically, is a major factor to keep your mind fresh. Even your physical health benefits. So if you want to die soon, then meditate on pessimism.”
I feel optimistic about the future because humanity seems to be growing more mature; scientists are paying more attention to our inner values, to the study of mind and the emotions. There is a clear desire for peace and concern for the environment.— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) February 19, 2019
To bring about a better world, let us all strive together with vision, with courage, and with optimism.— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) December 16, 2011
I'm optimistic, the future is open: peace, reconciliation, compassion, the environment – we have better awareness of these realities.— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) April 6, 2010
We need to be determined to achieve positive change, and also be able to take a long view of what needs to be done. What is important is not to become demoralized. Optimism leads to success; pessimism leads to defeat. One person can be the source of inspiration for many others.— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) November 2, 2018
Optimism does not mean being blind to the actual reality of a situation. It means maintaining a positive spirit to continue to seek a solution to any given problem. And it means recognizing that any given situation has many different aspects—positive as well as problematic.— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) October 21, 2019
If we are optimistic, take a longer view, and we employ realistic methods, we can contribute to making the world a better place.— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) April 13, 2012
As human beings we need to assess whether anger has any value - it destroys our peace of mind. Compassion, on the other hand, brings optimism and hope.— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) July 27, 2018
I'm optimistic that there is a growing appetite for peace in the world. Many young people are fed up with war and violence.— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) September 3, 2013