Ten Duties of a Leader


  1. A leader should not crave wealth and property, and should dedicate personal resources to the welfare of all.
  2. A leader should cultivate morality, never killing, cheating, stealing, exploiting others, committing adultery, uttering falsehoods, or becoming intoxicated.
  3. A leader should sacrifice for the good of all, giving up personal comfort, name and fame, and even life, if necessary.
  4. A leader should exhibit honesty, integrity, fearlessness, and sincerity, and should not deceive the people, nor show favoritism.
  5. A leader should posses a congenial temperament, exhibiting kindness and gentleness.
  6. A leader should be austere in habits, lead a simple life, and demonstrate self-control.
  7. A leader should be free from hatred, ill-will, and enmity, bearing no grudges.
  8. A leader should promote peace, avoid war, and prevent violence and the destruction of life.
  9. A leader should cultivate patience, forbearance, tolerance, and understanding, patiently enduring hardships, difficulties, and insults.
  10. A leader should not oppose or obstruct measures conducive to universal welfare. 

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Jataka I

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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