20 Important Life Lessons From Dalai Lama

In life, there are valuable lessons to be had from every turn you take but sometimes we do not see the opportunity to learn a lesson from most situations as we are too blinded by our emotions and feelings. In fact, if you are one of those people who is hyper aware and conscious of things around, then you will soon learn and find out the things that you need to stop doing to become a success. If you cannot find life lessons from the simple and daily occurrences in life, then you can always take inspiration from great and noble personalities like the Dalai Lama.

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Coming from a gentle and wise person like the Dalai Lama, we can easily see the wisdom of what he said as each word that the Dalai Lama utters is bound to carry the weight of his wisdom and the infinite compassion that he has for all humankind.

Here are some life lessons that you can get from the words of the Dalai Lama:

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk: This saying carries so much weight and seems so obvious that it seems silly that we did not think of it ourselves.

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson: In life defeats and setbacks are as much part of it as victories but this does not mean that you let them make you better. Instead learn the lesson that lies within each loss.

Follow the three Rs, which are – respect for self, respect for others and responsibility for all your actions: Life is all about respect and responsibility, for oneself and for those who are associated with us. If you follow these Rs, you are bound to have a better life.

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck: Humans rarely know what is good for them and this is what makes them want something that is not that great for them. That is why sometimes not getting what you want can indeed be lucky for us as it means that something better is waiting for us.

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly: Rules are meant to keep us in line and make things orderly but sometimes there comes a situation where you need to break them too. But you will not be able to do it well if you don’t know what the rule is about in the first place.

Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship: Friends are like family members you get and that too not by the accident of chance but through deliberate choice. It is important that you not let small things intrude in this great relationship.

When you realize you have made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it: Making a mistake is a human thing to do but once you realize what you have done is wrong, it becomes imperative that you try and rectify it.

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Spend time alone every day: You are the person with whom you need to be comfortable with and most people are not very good at doing this that is why this is so important that you spend some time alone.

Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values: Change is good and it can be a big boon to have when you accept it along with no change in the value system that you have.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer: Words are those weapons or means that need to be used sparingly and sometimes your silence can speak louder than words.

Live a good, honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time: It is a good thing when you live the life of the righteous, it allows you to enjoy it over and over again without the taint of regrets.

A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation of your life: Home is like a haven for all of us and when you inculcate love into this place, it does provide you a good base for the rest of your life.

In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.  Don’t bring up the past: The past is lost and there is no point in letting it taint the present and this applies to any disagreements that you may have with those you love.

Share your knowledge; it is a way to achieve immortality: Humans spend a lot of time and effort in trying to remain immortality but the best way to do this is really simple – by imparting knowledge and teaching others.

Be gentle with the earth: The earth as such nurtures and sustains and needs to be able to do so in the future too. That is why you need to be gentle with mother earth so that she can continue to nurture others in the future too.


Once a year, go someplace you have never before: The mind expands and learns more when faced with new things and that comes about when you make it a point to visit places that you have never been before.

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your lover for each other exceeds your need for each other: Love needs to be without selfishness and that is why love needs to exceed your need for the other person so that it becomes selfless.

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it: Your success comes about by making sacrifices and you need to give weightage to this when you celebrate it.

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon: Love and cooking is something that you do for to provide joy and sustenance to others and that is why you need to approach both of these with complete abandon.

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