Dalai Lama’s 18 rules of living

Sometimes I am lucky enough to stumble across articles with words and advice that inspire me impossibly and turns in to love at first read. If I’m really lucky, I read them on a day when I’m already in a fantastic mood and the advice just seems to stick a little harder and the words seem to resonate and sink in a little more. This occurred this past Monday morning when I stumbled across this article on the Dalai Lama’s 18 rules of living. So here I am now passing on the gift of insight from this incredible man. Love to know if any one of these eighteen pieces of advice was your favourite. I couldn’t pick just one but I did adore this one as I found it particularly relevant – “Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”.

What’s your ? xx

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 Rs:
– Respect for self
– Respect for others
– 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 friendship.

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, honourable 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’s 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.

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  1. Anne Reply

    Fabulous post Anna! Each one is very relevant so it would be hard to decide on just one:)

  2. Eve.H Reply

    Hi Anna, thank you for another lovely and warm comment of yours. 🙂 These rules really are inspiring and if everyone followed them there wouldn´t be so much suffering in the world. Anne´s right it´s difficult to pick just one. xoxo Eve

  3. Emmanuella Reply

    Thank you for sharing this with us, it’s very revelant and motivating in the day to day life!

  4. Ly Reply

    I love this post! I actually was fortunate and got to hear the Dali Lama speak at my University.



  5. Katherine Reply

    LOVE this. So inspiring. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  6. Jess Reply

    “Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.” I love this!

  7. tiny dancer Reply

    Oooo great list – Dalai knows what he’s talking about! haha 🙂 Personally I live by one quote, and I have it right above my desk, “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”. I’m always pushing myself out of my comfort zone to go out and see the world…cause I’d sit home and watch True Blood all day if it was possible 😛


  8. Coté Writes Reply

    I adore number 17: “Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.” This little piece of advice really is such a good reminder to always make sure I show appreciation for the things I love about my hubby and to nag him a little less about the things I supposedly ‘need’ him to do. This also rings true in terms of back when I was single and dating, because I noticed the worst relationships were ones in which I was comfortable or felt trapped (a.k.a., relationships that really weren’t built on love, but were based on need instead)…I adore your favorite as well. Here’s to great love and achievements, and risks that pay off! 🙂 -Jennifer

  9. Taj Acosta Reply

    Fabulous post dear! These are all great words of wisdom! xo

  10. Kel Reply

    You’re right my dear, no one wisdom is greater than the other and I think that if you could just incorporate some of these into daily life, life will somehow take a much more meaningful form. Easier said than done, to be sure, but you and I are always keen for some self-improvement, both external and internal and I’d be really interest to see how these incorporate their way into enriching your wonderful life 🙂

    Lots of love from Sydney,

    x Kel

    playing tall poppy

  11. Lindsay @ Delighted Momma Reply

    Wow Anna!! I absolutely love this and it was meant to be that I clicked over 🙂 such great word of wisdom. I will be back later after little man goes to bed to reread it all again

  12. hi, anna! your blog is so inspiring, and i really enjoyed this post, in particular. so heart-warming. you have a lovely talent, and i am a new fan and follower. hope to visit again. cheers!

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