When our minds are clouded by hatred, selfishness, jealousy, and anger, we lose not only control but also our judgment.
The same reward centers of the brain seem to light up when we are doing something compassionate as when we think of chocolate.
I have no trouble sleeping.
It's about humility. Laugh at yourself and don't be so pompous and serious. If you start looking for the humor in life, you will find it. You will stop asking, Why me? and start recognizing that life happens to all of us. It makes everything easier, including your ability to accept others and accept all that life will bring.
Disagreement is something normal.
If I had remained in Lhasa, even without the Chinese occupation, I would probably have carried the ceremonial role in some orthodox way.