“Make this year a meaningful one so that when we turn back to look at it we can live our lives with a sense of happiness and joy.
“If an individual were to make a conscious intention to live his or her life with a sense of purpose, live it in a good way, then the ripple effect of that really spreads, first from the individual to the family, then to the community, to the friends, neighbours and so on, in a kind of ripple effect. This is how society gets changed and affected. Transformation of society starts from the individual, from inside to outwards.” ~ Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s advice for the New Year delivered during his address at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies’s 50th Anniversary in Sarnath, Varanasi, India on January 1, 2018. His Holiness speaks in Tibetan followed by an English translation.