What is the meaning of life?

Meeting the Dalai Lama is one of the inspirations for my Garden for Wellbeing

Meeting with the Dalai Lama 1992

Dalai Lama on the Meaning of Life (actual words told to me during my first audience with him in 1992)


Happiness for oneself and others is the main purpose of human life but that our normal day-to-day life is about hope.  With hope we can survive but once we have lost hope our life span is shortened.  Hope means something good.  In order to achieve happiness we need peace of mind.  This may not bring total satisfaction but we first need to achieve complete calmness and peace of mind.

My view of this is based on the great Buddhist masters.  The idea of Buddha nature for all sentient beings is a very good idea involving the understanding of the theory of emptiness – voidness.  Our ultimate goal is the permanent cessation of suffering.  Human life is most precious and we get a favourable sense of meaning if we believe in rebirth where there is always hope.  In the long term, we have hope.  Every negative event is just a temporary setback and the future depends on everyone’s effort.