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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The Humor Sutra.

I have a pretty good sense of humor--I like to laugh a lot and make other people laugh. I think that laughing a lot is an important part of living a happy life. I have noticed over time that there are are quite a few Buddhists who take themselves a bit too seriously. I have been to meditation sessions where you try to joke and laugh a bit and get grumbles and frowns in response. As well as people who seem a bit attached to the "letter of law" in Buddhism who often walk around obsessed with trying to "ensure" people are, "Doing it right." (It, meaning Buddhism). Well to those who think that humor has no place in Buddhism and that we must always be serious, reserved and well-mannered all the time then you need to re-aquaint yourself with His Holiness the Dalai Lama:

Metro News-Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama jokes with his nasal spray after being asked his opinion on the swine flu epidemic as he gave a lecture at a Swiss stadium. during a press conference. (AFP/Getty Images)

~Peace to all beings~

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Shinzen Nelson said...

No matter what religion, there are those who simply can't laugh at a good joke or hearty fart.

It's too bad. They are missing out on all the fun. Continue laughing...after all is said and done, what is there left to do?

The Painted Portico said...

I love the wonderful photos with
this posting. I never knew that the
Dalai Lama had such a funny, outgoing

Thank you.

Jody Wieler said...

Thank you James! We all need to laugh a little more :)

Spiv said...

I for one like my laugh-induced crows-feet :)

walkingtowardrefuge said...

Nice post, thanks! ^_^

on that note, have you seen this YouTube clip that Chaplain Danny posted the other day?

Theresa said...

Thank you for these terrific pictures of the Dalai Lama - he is such a sweetheart!

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Dreamwriter said...

He is a funny guy! I was watching some YOUTUBE videos of his and he is quite the character! Laughs a lot!

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Paulien said...

Just goes to show that the most enlightened human being in this world is just like most of us. Three cheers for the Dalai Lama
We all need a good laugh

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