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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Laughing Lama.

That video was brought to my attention by Budding Buddhist and it has become one of my favorites. I watch it often. Recently His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama visited Taiwan and this was my favorite moment of the event, which I read in this article.

At the beginning of the ceremony, the Dalai Lama asked that a small table in front of his seat be removed. However, as officials were in the process of removing it, it collapsed, to a complete silence in the audience. The Dalai Lama broke the silence with loud laughter, which triggered more laughter and applauses from the crowd.

James: I can't get enough of the DL's smiling, laughing and relaxing demeanor. Every time I see his warm, cheery face I can't help but smile too and the same goes when I see or hear him laugh. His laugh is infectious and sincere like the unstifled belly laughs you hear from kids. They (like he) are usually unencumbered with feelings of low self-esteem or a compulsive neurosis over their laugh and body language. That said, at the same time he's that big brother who has seen a lot and traveled many places both in our physical world and within the dungeons of the mind. The older brother who gives you the exact advice needed without being condescending, mean or grumpy.

In fact I can't think of a time when I've seen or heard of the Dalai Lama being grumpy--have any of you? He seems like the kind of person who can give you criticism with a smile and a laugh to where you thank-him for it. He truly is a great master and I really like that he goes against a common view of a Buddhist master as being stern, cold and always intensely serious. I'm not anywhere near the understanding of the Dalai Lama or Thich Nhat Hanh but I'd say that laughter and enlightenment go hand in hand. It's certainly a great way to reduce stress and suffering and besides that; in the end (as Shinzen said recently)what's their to do but laugh at this silly world?

~Peace to all beings~

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7 comments:

Jamie G. said...

Stephen Hawking is credited as saying, "Life would be tragic if it weren't funny."

Kyle said...

Oh man, that picture is priceless!!

L.B. said...

Bill Watterson had 'Hobbes' of 'Calvin and Hobbes' say, 'If man couldn't laugh at things, he probably wouldn't be able to handle life.' But I'm paraphrasing. Isn't it Amitabha who's always portrayed as laughing?

Shinzen Nelson said...

Thanks James. The laughter of the Dalai Lama is truly infectious. A wonderful post to start my day. Thanks.

Greenwoman said...

Hey there my friend. I loved this post...and I am with you. It is such a joy to listen to him laugh. He's infectious even through a screen. I'd love to find something funny to say just so I can enjoy that laughter...

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It really touching to see him laugh.
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