Ninth Day of Christmas and All Truth God’s Truth


I don’t remember what class it was, but the president of the seminary was teaching so it had to have been a psychology or ethics class. A classmate was being particularly ornery and obnoxious about one of the books we were required to read. Dr. Gordon let the person finish his rant and, in his usual soft-spoken manner said, “That may be, but all truth is God’s truth.” I can’t tell you how useful that tidbit of wisdom has been.

I came across some quotes of the Dalai Lama I had saved as I was cleaning up some apps. They’re perfect for the start of a New Year.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

“Love is the absence of judgment.”

“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”

“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.”

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

“A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.”

“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.”

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”

“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness … the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.”

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