Musings From The Dalai Lama

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Last week, the New York Times reported that the Dalai Lama sat down with students of the American Embassy School in New Delhi. The story paints a sweet picture of a very funny man in his early 80’s who has built his life on compassion and joy.

Here are some of the highlights of the one and a half hour discussion.

According to the Dalai Lama...

  1. Japanese food “sometimes looks like decoration” and that after a Japanese meal, he sometimes feels like he needs to go out and actually have dinner.

  2. People from the UK seem to have trouble saying, “I don’t know.”

  3. He keeps dogs and cats as pets.

  4. Mosquitoes are ungrateful — a sentiment that so provoked him, he actually asked scientists whether insects are capable of gratitude.

  5. The next Dalai Lama could be a woman.

  6. Humans, in general, don’t care enough about one another. “Even animals in a small herd, one animal is sick and another animal is licking.

The Dalai Lama ended the sessions with a story about his childhood. When he was a kid, his tutor used to use two different discipline whips, one was a “normal” whip for his brother and the other was a “holy” whip for himself. The Dalai Lama smiled a little as he told this. He said, “Even if the holy whip [is used] I don’t think there is any difference in holy pain. It is just pain.”

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