Life Lessons from the Dalai Lama Essential for Spiritual Leadership

1. Be kind whenever you can — which is all the time.
2. Well-being comes through action, not through prayer.
3. Arrogance can never be justified. It is the result of either low self-esteem or temporary and superficial achievements.
4. When you feel that everything in life is going wrong, it means that something wonderful is about to occur.
5. People exist to be loved; objects exist to be used. The world is in chaos because these things are the other way round.
6. The idea of compassion is not related to religion. It is a universal concept; its existence is the sole condition for the survival of the human race.
7. If you can help, you should do so. If you can’t, at the very least don’t do any harm.
8. The purpose of life is to be happy through loving and serving others.
9. By maintaining a positive attitude towards life at all times, you can be content even in the most unfavorable circumstances.
10. Our enemies provide us with excellent opportunities to practice patience, perseverance and compassion.
11.The basis of religion consists in having a good heart.
12. Maintain control over technology and never allow yourself to become its slave.
13. Great changes always begin within; the basis for peace in the world is that inner calm and peace found in the heart of every one of us. Each of us can make a contribution.
14. At the heart of spiritual leadership is the belief that each of us bears responsibility for all of humanity. This is the basis of a simple religion. In practicing it, we have no need of temples or complicated philosophy. Our mind and our heart are our temples; our philosophy is our kindness.

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