The Dalai Lama Responds to Bin Laden Death
On Tuesday night, the 75 year old Dalai Lama gave a speech at the University of Southern California. The segment was titled, “Secular Ethics, Human Values, and Society”. The presentation ended with a Q&A session in which the Buddhist leader was asked about Osama Bin Laden being killed. He responded by saying Bin Laden deserved, “Compassion and forgiveness”. What he said next however was unexpected considering the pacifist life which he lives. “Forgiveness doesn’t mean forget what happened … If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter measures, you have to take counter-measures”. Surprised? Me too.
I had the opportunity to caddy for the Dalai Lama once. The Lama’s a big hitter. So we finish the 18th and he’s gonna stiff me! So I say, “Hey, Lama! How about a little something for the effort, ya know?” So he turns to me and says, “Oh uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness”. So I got that goin for me which is nice.