Friday, November 9, 2012

The Dalai Lama's Rules for Successful Living

This is too good not to re-post! I have seen it before, always attributed to the Dalai Lama. There are some variations out there, so I know for a fact that some versions have been edited from the original. I am still searching for a primary source document. Meanwhile, I do not want my quest for proper attribution to get in the way of some powerful words and images. Enjoy!

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.

Health, happiness, and prosperity for all! 


  1. Not a big fan of the Dali as a political leader of a nation (Theocracy) but his rules for successful living are right on!!! Thanks for sharing.


    1. The Dalai Lama himself recognized the problem: an old monk trying to lead a people cannot simultaneously run a country, particularly when the country and its culture is under attack. He stepped down as political leader some years ago. The current Prime Minister of Tibet is democratically-elected Lobsang Sangay. The Dalai Lama remains a revered spiritual leader.