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Dalai Lama: 20 Rules for Living Cheat Sheet by

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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama - Tenzin Gyatso

The Dalai Lama is a monk of the Gelug or "­Yellow Hat" school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest schools of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Je Tsongk­hapa. He is the successor in a line of Tulkus, who are believed to be incarn­ations of Avalok­ite­śvara, Bodhis­attva of Compas­sion. The name is a combin­ation of the Mongolic word dalai meanin­g  "­oce­an" and the Tibetan word བླ་མ་ (bla-ma) meaning "­guru, teacher, mentor­". The Tibetan word "­lam­a" same as the Sanskrit word "­gur­u".

Rules for Living

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.
 

Quotes

Happiness is not something ready-­made. It comes from your own actions
If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
If you want others to be happy, practice compas­sion. If you want to be happy, practice compas­sion.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the indivi­dual’s own reason and critical analysis.
We can live without religion and medita­tion, but we cannot survive without human affection.
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.
If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.
Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no value”, is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.
We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity. That the happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.
Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
As people alive today, we must consider future genera­tions: a clean enviro­nment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our respon­sib­ility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.
To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
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.
The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animal­s-are here to contri­bute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.
A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man´s wisdom even if he associates with a sage.
In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.

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