Looking back, I now see that there were no mistakes. The clouded understandings and misdirected efforts are all a necessary part of the practice life.

Compassion gets us out of our usual head full of disappointments, regrets, and worries about ourselves and focused on something bigger.

The Dalai Lama’s ability to focus on what has been enriching about life in exile rather than all that has been lost has allowed him to go beyond sadness, grief and even despair.

When we accept the present, we can forgive and release the desire for a different past.