The Dalai Lama and Lady Gaga got together to chat

 

 

It's not every day that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Lady Gaga get together.

"I'm one 81-year-old person with quite a lot of experiences. My experiences much bigger than your experiences," said the Dalai Lama. "You didn't know this, but I'm much older than you," joked Gaga. And they both laughed.

The two public figures known for spreading kindness and tolerance had the most pleasant interview at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis Sunday.  Their 20-minute talk about compassion and meditation was shared on Facebook Live. (Reporter Ann Curry sat on the other side of the Dalai Lama.)

The Dalai Lama answered questions Gaga chose from social media about how to deal with injustices in the world. "We are a social animal, so individuals' future depends entirely on the community," he said. He offered this advice: "Once (a) tragic situation happens, not avoid-- (but) look at more deeply, widely. Many positive, happy things are there if you look (from a) wider perspective. If you look real closely, it appears unbearable. But if you look widely (you see) other positive things there."

As for meditating, Gaga does it, and so does His Holiness. However, "I am a poor practitioner of meditation. 81 years old... progress, not much," he said, smiling. But his analytic meditation methods seem to work. "You can judge my (young-looking) face," he said. "Nothing special medicine... My mind (is) always clear."

 


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