14 quotes on religion by His Holiness Dalai Lama.

1. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
2. This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
3. The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others.
The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others.
4. Although I am a Buddhist monk, I am sceptical that prayers alone will achieve world peace. We need instead to be enthusiastic and self-confident in taking action.
Although I am a Buddhist monk, I am sceptical that prayers alone will achieve world peace. We need instead to be enthusiastic and self-confident in taking action.
5. Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.
Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.
6. We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
7. Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.
Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.
8. Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.
Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.
9. The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.
The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.
10. The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.
The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.
11. If we really want happiness, we must widen the sphere of love. This is both religious thinking and basic common sense.
If we really want happiness, we must widen the sphere of love. This is both religious thinking and basic common sense.
12. The time has come for us to consider seriously how to change our way of life, not through prayer or religious teaching, but through education.
The time has come for us to consider seriously how to change our way of life, not through prayer or religious teaching, but through education.
13. We can imagine two types of spirituality: one tied to religion, while the other arises spontaneously in the human heart as an expression of love for our neighbors and a desire to do them good.
We can imagine two types of spirituality: one tied to religion, while the other arises spontaneously in the human heart as an expression of love for our neighbors and a desire to do them good.
14. If you have religion, that’s good, but even without it you can manage and survive - but we can't survive without human affection.
If you have religion, that’s good, but even without it you can manage and survive - but we can't survive without human affection.