My Philosophy is Kindness

There is no need for temples, no need
for complicated philosophies.
My brain and my heart are my temples;
my philosophy is kindness.

source: Dalai Lama
image: Eddie’s Images

reposted from ETH
‘Kindness’ July 2011


63 thoughts on “My Philosophy is Kindness

    • As the Dalai Lama says, ‘there is no need for complicated philosophies’.
      If a few words or sentences cannot explain what it is you are trying
      to say, it is better to say nothing.
      Blessings and peace. Thank you for your kindness

  1. Well said! It’s very important to learn to be kind because as the saying goes, kindness goes a long way. Although kindness may seems trivial, learning the true quality of being kind benefits oneself and in turn others. Everyday kindness is always a good thing!

  2. I agree with that philosophy. Kindness is one of the major traits or qualities that start the journey to to enlightenment, inner peace, and what is called a zen state. The corners that surround the achievement of the above stated are unconditional love, absolute faith, and unwavering strength. The qualities/traits to unconditional love are compassion (where kindness is a part of ) & empathy. Absolute faith is preceded by belief & trust. Lastly the qualities/traits for unwavering strength are courage & bravery. So I would say kindness is most definitely a great philosophy. To me, I like to say kindness always come back in kind as what goes around eventually come back around

    • Thank you so much for your very kind presentation of such
      a through analogy of this rather simple philosophy of the Dalai Lamas.
      It is greatly appreciated M.C. Have a most beautiful day, everyday

  3. As William Wordsworth says, “The best portion of a good man’s life,
    His little, nameless, unremembered acts
    Of kindness and of love.”

  4. Kindness is a virtue that is wonderful to have instilled in you by God. But some among us have instincts that are stronger than the herding instinct from where kindness to others resides.They have stronger instincts like the pleasure instinct where pleasing oneself overrules being kind to others.Or they have a stronger will to survive instinct so that before they think of others they think only of what is best for them. I think we all have these instincts in us but we have to control them. Thanks for that lovely idea.

    • 1.Kindness: the quality or state of being gentle and considerate (internet definition)
      2.Kindness: the act of going out of your way to be nice to someone or show a person you care. (Urban Dictionary)
      Please note the words ‘virtue’, ‘god’, or ‘philosophy’ are never mentioned in either one.

      However, in the Dalai Lama’s quote, (as seen here) he is saying this is ‘his’ philosophy.
      He is a great teacher and head of the Tibetan Buddhists

  5. Hi Eddie. The above saying is so true and simple. Buildings (churches etc.,) statues, mantras, masses, robes, and all the other paraphenalia associated with the religions of the world, haven’t and don’t make people good. Goodness, kindness, empathy, are all innate within us. We just have to allow ourselves to feel them. Have a lovely day and week.

your kind word is always welcome

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