Lessons for Living – The Dalai Lama


I read this list of rules when living and working in London, I had them posted near a light switch in my bedroom.  London is a place that sometimes seems inhumane (inhuman) and certainly a little immoral, especially when you are trying to earn a living.

Guidelines/ wisdom from great teachers are a huge boost to my spirit, they remind me that the grey concrete world is out of line, not myself.  They focus the mind on the way that I’m are interacting with it all, from thought to action to stillness.

His famous quote:

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Always made me smile, as I was working in catering and am constantly in love with something or other.  It also conjured up an image of the Dalai Lama in my kitchen cooking dinner!

I was so blessed to actually be around the Dalai Lama for a short time in India (see my post here); regardless of his position as a ‘God King’ or whatever you feel about him, you cannot argue with the wisdom that he bestows upon us, his non-violent approach and the karma that he is making his way through.

I love the simplicity of these lessons, they had a profound effect on the way that I viewed my actions and came along at just the right time.  They certainly help me navigate the turbulent big city environment and emerge relatively unscathed.  I hope they resonate in your space, bring light and perspective:

1.Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three R’s:
– Respect for self,
– Respect for others and
– Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

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

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

20. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

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