Attitude
the Dalai Lama

  

It is important that human intelligence be utilized in a constructive way.  That is the key.  If we utilize its capacity properly, then not only human beings would become less harmful to each other, and to the planet, but also individual human beings would be happier in themselves.  It is in our hands.  Whether we utilize our intelligence in the right way or the wrong way is up to us.  Nobody can impose their values on us.  How can we learn to use our capacity constructively?  First, we need to recognize our nature and then, if we have the determination, there is a real possibility of transforming the human heart.

On this basis, I will speak on how a human being can find happiness as an individual, because I believe that the individual is the key to all the rest.  For change to happen in any community, the initiative must come from the individual.  If the individual can become a good, calm, peaceful person, this automatically brings a positive atmosphere to the family around him or her.  When parents are warm-hearted, peaceful and calm people, generally speaking their children will also develop that attitude and behavior.

The way our attitude works is such that it is often troubled by outside factors, so one side of the issue is to eliminate the existence of trouble around you.  The environment, meaning the surrounding situation, is a very important factor for establishing a happy frame of mind.  However, even more important is the other side of the issue, which is one's own mental attitude.

The surrounding situation may not be so friendly, it may even be hostile, but if your inner mental attitude is right, then the situation will not disturb your inner peace.  On the other hand, if your attitude is not right, then even if you are surrounded by good friends and the best facilities, you cannot be happy.  This is why mental attitude is more important than external conditions.  Despite this, it seems to me that many people are more concerned about their external conditions, and neglect the inner attitude of mind.  I suggest that we should pay more attention to our inner qualities.

There are a number of qualities which are important for mental peace, but from the little experience I have, I believe that one of the most important factors is human compassion and affection: a sense of caring.
   
   

The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom
The Dalai Lama
Very nice teachings on what it means to be a human being, to have compassion, to love, to see the rest of the world as something that we're a part of, not separate from.  These are "simple but profound teachings and advice to all those who want to bring more love, compassion, and understanding into their lives." 

  
   

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you
feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which
comes the inner voice which says, "This is the real me,"
and when you have found that attitude, follow it.

William James

  


  
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