“It is illogical to expect smiles from others if one does not smile oneself. Therefore, one can see that many things depend on one’s own behaviour.”


A short book, easily to be finished in one sitting. I did some research and I saw that the book received some negative critique, especially on being overly simplistic, but if you look at the size of it, it is quite understandable.

I failed to understand, why, for the first half of the book, the quotes seemed to repeat themselves. But in the second half the Dalai Lama began summarizing some of the older Tibetan masters and their specific techniques for centering the mind, cultivating compassion and detachment, and of visualizing groups of people so as to analyze your emotional reactions to them, which I found very interesting.

I’m not a big connoisseur of buddhist philosophy, but I know His Holiness is a big inspiration to many people. In this book he also shares some personal experiences in relation to the words of wisdom shared. It is cleared throughout the book, that he is deeply concerned about the fate of tibetan people and tibetan culture.

His words are centered around themes such as death, grief, compassion, dealing with anger. Some of the quotes seem to have been out of context though, so if you are a novice in buddhism like myself, you might get the sense that more research is needed in order to fully understand the meaning of them.

Whether you are religious or not, you can still relate to the words in this book, and you can find a nice little refuge from the daily rush within it’s pages.