The Dalai Lama recently sat down for an interview with John Oliver, allowing His Holiness to troll his favorite target — China.
The interview, which aired on Sunday night on HBO’s Last Week Tonight was preceded by a quick overview of the current Tibetan predicament by Oliver. Along with talking about self-immolations and how he apparently cured alcoholism in Mongolia, Oliver also asked the Dalai Lama the question that is on the mind of many Tibetans: What happens after you die?
The 81-year-old spiritual leader stuck with the stance he has adopted in recent years, stating that he will “very probably” be the last Dalai Lama, though refusing to be definitive. Oliver then brought up the concern that if he is not more definite, then might not China simply appoint their own Dalai Lama when he dies, as they did in the case of the Panchen Lama?
To that, His Holiness had this to say:
“That’s also, one of the foolish acts. Short-sighted. Without using human brain properly. It’s harmful. Our brain usually has the ability to create common sense. The Chinese hardliners, in their brains, that part of the brain is missing.”
“Zing,” Oliver replied.
There’s much more enlightenment to be had in the full interview/segment, not to mention lots of adorable Dalai Lama laughs. You can watch the segment below, the interview begins around 10:24:
Back in 2014, former Tibet governor Padma Choling said that the Dalai Lama was “profaning religion and Tibetan Buddhism” by saying that he won’t be reincarnated when he dies. “If he says no reincarnation then no reincarnation? Impossible. Nobody in Tibetan Buddhism would agree to that,” the governor added. “We must respect history, respect and not profane Tibetan Buddhism.”
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