Dalai Lama In His Elements

December 19th 2009

Gulbarga, Karnataka, India, 20 December 2009 (Deccan Herald) - The 14th Dalai Lama who has made India his home from the last five decades may have the image of being a serious spiritual and religious leader. But the sense of humour appears to be intrinsic in him. On ocassions, he was in his elements while pouring out the circumstantial sense of humour.

The Dalai Lama had a caution for the audience that they should not take his English language seriously. "Be careful of my English. It is very broken. It may carry some wrong meaning and message,:" the Dalai Lama set up a rider half way through his discourse sending the audience in to peels of laughter. However the audience were kind enough to him. "Those who do not understand my broken English please raise your hands," the international Buddhist celebrity asked the audience. Needless to say no hand was raised.

The discourse bagn with Kannada translation by Mr. Srinivas Murthy. However the translation was not smooth and was causing some irritation. At one point of time the dalai Lama spoke for about four minutes. An the translator dismissed it in just one sentence. The spiritual leader wondered asking 'Is it over?' when the trnaslator nodded affirmatively the Dalai Lama remarked 'Very fine!.'

The translator was sitting at a distance from the Dalai Lama who felt some uneasiness. The dalai Lama asked the trnslator to come to his sidesaying "You are my mouth and should translate effectively sitting by my side." The translation was however done away with half way through on the demand of the audience.

The Dalai Lama appeared to be transparent, He did want his discourses to be one sided. He gave an open invitation to the audience to ask questions. "Even if you want to argue on any point you are welcome," he quipped.



 

 

Latest News

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Attends Sikyong Lobsang Sangay’s Second Swearing-in
May 27th 2016
Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, India 27 May 2016 - On a bright morning, at a comfortable temperature for the time of year, eager crowds, mostly Tibetans, gathered in the garden of the Tsuglagkhang this morning to witness the second swearing-in of Sikyong Lobsang Sangay. Members of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) led the singing of the Tibetan and Indian national anthems. Monks of Namgyal Monastery chanted the verses of refuge and prayers for auspiciousness.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Extends his Sympathy to Victims of Sri Lankan Tragedy
May 20th 2016

Manjushri Permission and Meetings in Osaka
May 13th 2016

Third Day of ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ in Osaka
May 12th 2016

Second Day of ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ in Osaka
May 11th 2016

Explore