How would you feel if you found a friend and lost a billion or so others? That is exactly what happened to Lady Gaga when she met the 91 year old Buddhist Leader on the outskirts of the United States Conference for Mayors being held in Indianapolis.
The outspoken singer interviewed the Tibet Leader and posted the 20 minute interview online on her Facebook page. The interview has been viewed over 3 million times. Lady Gaga fired away questions one after the other, each one was answered patiently by the Dalai Lama. The questions had been collected from fans and avid users of social media. The feature of the interview was the same topic that the Dalai Lama has authored books on which included mediation, suicide, life, spirituality and yoga.
Whatever Happens Self Confidence and Hope is essential
When asked about the current situation of the world and the horrors that humans have to face, he was quoted as saying “whatever happens….hope and self confidence are essential”. The Spiritual leader of Tibet and long considered the rightful ruler of the Tibet region has been in exile for several years setting up camp in the mountainous ranges of Dharamsala.
Dalai Lama was in Indianapolis because he is due to be the Key Note speaker in the Mayors Conference. The spiritual leader was his characteristic self throughout the interview. He was soft, polite and insightful, peacefully hearing a question before answering it.
An Enemy of the State
Whatever the interview may be about to the Chinese officials, Dalai Lama is a Tibetan Separatist who does not support the increasing Chinese influence over his homeland. The Chinese have long been enemies of the Dalai Lama with the former trying to paint the later as an Islamic State sympathizer back in December of last year.
According to a statement by the Chinese foreign ministry the tours and visits undertaken by the Dalai Lama are all part of his efforts to promote and prepare the world for the independence of Tibet. The Dalai Lama has been ousted from his homeland for nearly 60 years. The last time he was in Tibet was when a failed revolution was launched in Tibet which was quickly crushed by Chinese forces.
Despite being a soft spoken man he was quoted as saying the Chinese have made Tibetan life hell on earth. That remark was countered by a “wolf in a monk’s robe” remark by the chief of the Communist party when addressing the Buddhist spiritual leader.
The apparent friendliness of the singer did not go down with the Chinese who have banned the singer from the country and also placed ban on her music as reported by a Hong Kong daily. This is no mean feat because Lady Gaga is considered the most popular musician from the West in China. She has been listed in the “list of hostile foreign force”.
This is not the first time that she has had to face a ban in China. A three year ban on her music only ended in the year 2014 which was placed because her music threatened the cultural security of the country. Despite a ban from China, people all over the world have hailed her actions.
A Selection of Dalai Lama Quotes
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV“Love is the absence of judgment.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV,“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV“Silence is sometimes the best answer”
~ Dalai Lama XIV“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV
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