The Dalai Lama is an extraordinary teacher of compassion, kindness, peace, and forgiveness. His daily practice of prayer, meditation, and study is a model to emulate. In this sterling collection of quotations from his writings, teachings, and occasional interviews, the reader will find a synthesis of Buddhism. This daybook — with one quote for every day of the year — is inspirational and spiritually illuminating.

When the Dalai Lama, in exile from his homeland of Tibet, observes "It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and for others," you know in your heart that he is speaking from experience. I love the following thought that brings home the idea and the ideal of unity: "We are born and reborn countless numbers of times, and it is possible that each being has been our parent at one time or another. Therefore, it is likely that all beings in this universe have familial connections." And then there is this precious quotation to ponder: "For as long as space endures, and for as long as living beings remain, until then may I, too, abide to dispel the misery of the world." The Dalai Lama also offers wisdom on inner peace, happiness, discipline, simplicity, patience, and mindfulness of death.