Dalai Lama’s 18 rules for living

Dalai LamaAt the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama issued eighteen rules for living. Two of his major commitments in life are the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, and the fostering of inter-religious harmony. Through these commitments and teachings, I find there’s a lot we can learn.

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.

About Stefan
Stefan is the regular writer for Megan & Stefan, and hails originally from San Diego, California. A resident of Australia since 2007, he write about his experiences living abroad, his love of photography, and documenting the process of building a house here in this sunburnt country he calls home. Feel free to drop him a line - he's always up for a chat.


  1. Kriss says:

    My favorites are:
    2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
    4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

    I have always felt that unanswered prayers are one of life’s greatest, unexpected gifts.

    Cool post! =)

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