from the 14th Dalai Lama
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1989)
1. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
2. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
3. Sleep is the best meditation.
4. Spend some time alone every day.
5. We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
6. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
7. We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
8. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
9. If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
10. The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.
The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual and exiled leader of the Tibetan people. Born in northeastern Tibet, he was recognized at the age of 2 as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. After the suppression of the Tibetan national uprising in 1959, His Holiness escaped to India where he was given political asylum. Dalai Lama is a Mongolian title, which means “Ocean of Wisdom”. “Dalai” means “ocean” in Mongolian, and “Lama” (bla ma) is the Tibetan equivalent of the Sanskrit word “guru”, and is commonly translated to mean “spiritual teacher”.