November 30, 2012

18 Rules to Live By.

Wise Words:

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.


…And darn to Snopes if this ain’t the truth. It may not be the Dalai Lama but I’d say it’s still pretty good advice to live by anyway.

Updated: This might be good advice, but it isn’t directly from his talks. Some of it appears to be, some not. We take this kinda thing seriously, with a sense of humor too…but…our bad. We were fooled. Here’s some real Dalai Lama helpful wisdom! ~ ed.

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Jenna B. Wiser Dec 21, 2013 5:08am

Thanks Lindsey for sharing these rules. Words to live by. Pertaining to Dalai Lama’s quote I feel that some things in life should be shared with no one. Sometimes it’s best to just keep things to yourself.

Matt Aug 4, 2013 1:10pm

Great advice!

Why is this still being attributed to the Dalai Lama, if we know it isn't the Dalai Lama? Isn't that just spreading something that isn't true? I'd add a 19th item to the list:

19. Do things with integrity, because quality is not automatic, and what is not taken care of becomes shabby — be it a planet, one's personal character, or simply the passing on of exact truth.

Somehow, this often ends up dead last on people's lists, in my judgment. Too bad!

Dave Aug 4, 2013 9:14am

I think it's sloppy to leave the attribution to DL when you know it's not him…

Maybe repost as "18 Rules to Live By"?

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Lindsey Block

Lindsey Block spends her weekdays as part of the Elephant Journal crew and her weekends hiking or picnicking by the river with a book. A vegetarian for most of her adult life, she delights in cooking up a new recipe (even though she really just wants to make tacos). She currently lives in Montana.