The Dalai Lama's 18 Rules for living

Discussion in 'General' started by ORGrown, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. I guess that at the beginning of the new millennium, the Dalai Lama issued 18 rules for living. I just ran across them today, and I enjoyed them. So here they are

    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.

    I really like number 5. And the fact that it's the Dalai Lama saying it :smoke::smoke:
  2. Amazing wisdom. Plus reps when I'm not on my iPod.
  3. And this is why I love Buddhism
  4. i couldn't imagine the world if every single person followed these 18 rules

    it would probably be a much better place

  5. That's what i'm talking about! More people need to approach life like this.

    On a separate note, when I found your Life in Amsterdam thread like, a month ago or so, I read the whole thing that night :eek: you stole an hour or two of my life. and I loved it.

  6. well i'm glad i could entertain you :smoke:

    i've never met a buddhist person i didn't like. i've been buddhist for a few years now and have noticed that my well being has improved tremendously. it is something i could recommend to anyone and everyone. its more of a way of life then a religion
  7. Moses was wise to drop half of the twenty commandments God gave him, coz if there are more than TEN, people just don't have the attention span to cover them all.
  8. Now I see why China has their panties in a bunch about him.

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