Teachings From The Dalai Lama I Turn To In This Heartbreaking Week

What happened to Alton Sterling and Philando Castile is incomprehensible. I was raised by a Buddhist mother, educated at a Catholic high school, and trained at a Jesuit Med school. The one universal teaching was to have love and compassion in your heart. When do open and compassionate youths change into to hateful, fearful, and prejudiced adults?
  1. "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them."
  2. “The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.”
  3. "To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.”
  4. "Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.”
  5. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
  6. “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
  7. “True compassion does not stem from the pleasure of feeling close to one person or another, but from the conviction that other people are just like me and want not to suffer but to be happy, and from a commitment to help them overcome what causes them to suffer. I must realize that I can help them suffer less.”
  8. "This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.”