Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules of Living

About 10 years ago, the Dalai Lama constructed the 18 Rules of Living. These are 18 philosophical reminders to help one in their journey through life. These are simple reminders, yet very profound if implemented.
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, 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 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 some place 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.

The Wise Understand That…


By JP Chartier


YOU are the result of your decisions.

To get people to take an interest in you, you must first take a genuine interest in them.

Hurt people hurt people.

Everyone loves to work on their strengths, but only the great ones work on their weaknesses.

Sometimes you need to give up the wheel and enjoy the ride.

You aren’t punished for your sins, but by your sins.

Much can be done in the time it takes to gossip.

Life is a limited time offer.

You can’t always change the circumstances in your life, but you can change your perception of those circumstances.

We teach people how to treat us.

Sometimes you make the right decision and sometimes you have to make the decisions right.

The rest of your life will go by if you’re doing something to improve it or not.

Good or bad is nothing until you assign meaning to it.

There is no TRUE REALITY, only your PERCEPTION.

Winners do the things losers don’t want to do.

You measure people by their actions, not their words.

You base the quality of your life on results – not intentions.

Not choosing is a choice.


You get what you give.


Thoughts are behaviors too.

Whatever your life experiences are, you’re accountable.

You must protect or enhance a person’s self-esteem to effectively manage them.

Criticism is futile because it puts a man on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself.

The most important thing you can learn is to see things from the others point of view.

People are not interested in you, they are interested in themselves.

To be interesting, be interested.

Your first step to happiness is to stop blaming others and your circumstances.

Left to themselves, things have a tendency to go from bad to worse.

Being defeated is often a temporary condition, giving up makes it permanent.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.


Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.


Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

If this were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?