As I am in my quest for Buddhist enlightenment (and education), I saw this and thought it would be an appropriate posting as we begin a new year. Regardless of any religious affiliations, I think we all strive to be good people, to help make the world a better place, and live a happy and fulfilling life. I’m a firm believer that Karma is a guiding force in the universe. I always have. You will get from life exactly what you put into it.
(Thanks to my friend Renee for posting this on facebook earlier.)
By the Dalai Lama
- Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
- When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
- Follow the three R’s:
- Respect for self,
- Respect for others and
- Responsibility for all your actions.
- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
- Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
- When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
- Spend some time alone every day.
- Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
- A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
- In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
- Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
- Be gentle with the earth.
- Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
- Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
- Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
- If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
- If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Oh, and don’t eat tuna right before bedtime. It’ll cause you to have crazy dreams.