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Priceless Reminders from His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Yoga Off the Mat

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One of the great honors in my life was meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2006. This was especially monumental for me because I have many Tibetan refugee friends from my time living, volunteering, and studying in Dharamsala, Himaschal Pradesh, North India.

Last week, I received an inspiring email from one of my great life teachers, Mr. GS Jayadev. He is the founder of the Deenabandhu Trust Children’s Home in Chamarajanager, Karnataka, South India.  I’ve been visiting and volunteering with Deenabandhu since 2006.  Though I teach Jayadev yogasana (yoga poses) during my annual visits, he’s taught me far more about the greater philosophy of yoga.  Everyday, he practices the great discipline of karma yoga, which is a path of yoga devoted to selfless service.  Since 1992, Jayadev has provided shelter, food, and education to hundreds of destitute and orphaned children.

So, what did my Jayadev send me? 

A wonderful list of 10 thoughts from someone he and I both consider a great teacher: His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  This list was something the Tibetan spiritual leader shared with the public on his 77th birthday on July 6 and has since been circulating the Internet.  While every thought on the list resonated with me, I’d love to share three that really stuck in my mind:

1. Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.

2. We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.

3. Sleep is the best meditation.

I invite you to carry this wisdom of the Dalai Lama through your day today.  If you find yourself in a situation where you are tested, how can you tap into your well of love and kindness?  Also, remind yourself of and honor your ability to share love and care.

And don’t skip out on sleep!  I once heard the Dalai Lama in an interview emphasizing how he tries to never compromise his eighthours of sleep.  It is an indispensible and nurturing processing ground!

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Comments (3)

  • Those are wise words. They're so simple yet elude most. The world would be a better place if we all made a sincere effort to practice even just those 3 thoughts.

    Btw, I'm really curious about the other 7 thoughts. Do share!

  • Thanks for our comment, Jack! I agree.
    Here is HH's full list:

    1. "This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."

    2. "Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."

    3. "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

    4. "All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness. The important thing is they should be part of our daily lives."

    5. "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive."

    6. "If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them."

    7. "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

    8. "We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection."

    9. "Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

    10. "Sleep is the best meditation."

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