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(Boston Globe)   Dalai Lama takes psych test at MIT. Undergrads strain to copy off his answer sheet   ( divider line
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2003-09-13 09:49:25 PM  
I met him in Houston a few years ago. He was really cool. It was such an awesome experience to chat with him.
2003-09-14 01:46:21 AM  
Betcha God told him all the right answers.
2003-09-14 04:05:20 AM  
I wonder if he brought his clubs. We have a scramble up that way on Monday. We need a big hitter.
2003-09-14 04:26:36 AM  
"...can the mind turn images into a kind of reality?

So, he's got that going for him.
2003-09-14 04:34:06 AM  
The Other: "...can the mind turn images into a kind of reality?
So, he's got that going for him.

LOL... Visaul aid for The Other's joke...

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2003-09-14 04:37:46 AM  
If I could meet anyone on this earth,it would certainly be the Dalai Lama. I've read much about him, and he is the only individual I have studied that has thoroughly impressed me. The man discounts nothing, considers everything, and always has a kind word to say.
2003-09-14 04:49:41 AM  
But his golf game leaves something to be desired, from what I hear. Don't expect a tip.
2003-09-14 04:49:45 AM  
must be hard to be adored and worshipped as better than other people and say little quips and have adoring fans ooh and ahh. That being said he is pretty cool.
2003-09-14 04:50:32 AM  
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2003-09-14 04:50:34 AM  
By the way..why are we impressed by him more than some cool old dude you meet in a park or at a bookstore?
2003-09-14 04:50:37 AM  
I gotta get TotalFark or something. Getting beaten to the easy ones isn't a source of pride for me right now.
2003-09-14 05:11:14 AM  
Anyone else think it's all just a bunch of crap?

Seriously people, we're all just a bunch of monkeys...
2003-09-14 05:24:43 AM  
Seriously people, we're all just a bunch of monkeys...

Maybe so, but we're sure snazzy dressers.
2003-09-14 05:50:28 AM  
He came into my regular pizza place once while visiting the US. He asked the kid to "make him one with everything," whatever that means.
2003-09-14 05:53:14 AM  
plus, if he was so enlightened he would no his frames are seriously out of style.
2003-09-14 05:58:14 AM  
...Or he might even "know" it too.
2003-09-14 06:09:25 AM  
Following the day-long conference participants met at a local club to watch the legendary Nepalese bead trick. "I'm glad it's her ass and not mine," noted Harvard scientist Jim Blake.
2003-09-14 07:39:23 AM  
His mamma was a Lama.

/His daddy was too. That's how he got his last name. They are the Lama's, of Nepal. He comes to the US a lot because he has family in the Caribbean- the Bahama Lama's
2003-09-14 08:05:27 AM  
The Lama is on my 'Famous people to do a lot of drugs with' List. Hopefully I can meet him before the Chinese get ahold of em. I did see the Shaolin Monks when they came to DC, that was cool as hell.
2003-09-14 09:33:08 AM  
he's a super cool guy, i got to meet him once in his monestary in northern india. he giggled a lot, like dr. hibbert. he walks by the tourists who are lined up, taking each person's hand and looking deeply into their eyes. we're told not to expect him to speak to us directly, just greet us and move along. still... going through the line he stops at this old forlorn woman, a south east asian tourist who had to be at least 80. he asked he why she was frowning and then tickled her under her chin, like she was a little baby. she was startled, but he laughed like a hyena.
good times.
2003-09-14 09:37:04 AM  
I'm not going to pretend I know Tibetian history.

Why'd he get exiled?
2003-09-14 09:44:27 AM  
I'm not going to pretend I know Tibetian history.
Why'd he get exiled?

The Chinese invasion of Tibet
2003-09-14 09:44:33 AM  
Kosta: I'm not going to pretend I know Tibetian history.
Why'd he get exiled?

He opposed progress.
2003-09-14 09:46:06 AM  
I'm surprised that the Chinese government didn't get their undies all in a wad because of the visit to MIT.
2003-09-14 09:58:11 AM  
The Dalai Lama is an incredibly cool person, and the current one is regarded as the most important and influential incarnation of the Dalai Lama. As a practicioner (selling is probably grossly incorect) of Geluk Buddhism (He's the head of that school), I'm constantly amazed by him. Whenever he talks about the China, it's amazing that he shows such forgiveness towards a nation that took away his home, his nation, his people. Believe whatever you want about aspects of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is definately a one of a kind person.
Is anyone attending one of his talks in the next week or two? I have a friend who will be working at one speaking and will be pretty close in proximity to him. He's giddy.
2003-09-14 10:15:36 AM  
Sounds good to me, geeks need Buddhism.
2003-09-14 10:58:18 AM  
Tarvuz, if you ever get to met him you'll know that he's cooler than most any dude you've met in a park or bookstore. Note I say MOST any dude. I've met some cool dudes, but he's the coolest.

Should clarify- I didn't meet him one on one, shake his hand or anything like that, but I saw him speak. He kicks ass- it was so amazing.
2003-09-14 11:01:28 AM  
When he paid the kid and asked for change, he was told that "change comes from within" :-)
2003-09-14 11:02:51 AM  
003-09-13 09:49:25 PM entrekken
I met him in Houston a few years ago.

Was the first thing you said to him "Well, Hello Dali"?

/hey, somebody has to be the official Fark Douchebag. might as well be me.
2003-09-14 11:03:56 AM  
hmm, i'm sure he is a nice guy and all, but let's be honest - if he wasn't the "Dalai Lama" you would just think he is a kook.
2003-09-14 11:09:37 AM  
leland- no, you'd probably just think he was a really, really, really nice guy. He doesn't run around with hamsters stapled to his thighs or anything- he's not kooky. He's just cool as shiat.
2003-09-14 11:16:11 AM  
And can the clarity of visualized dreams can ever be achieved while awake?

And can good editing can ever be achieved?
2003-09-14 11:28:47 AM  
telemakhos: He opposed progress

You're kidding, right?

Or are you, perhaps, a member of the Chinese Communist Party and believe that "genocide" and "progress" should mean the same thing?

2003-09-14 11:31:13 AM  

Did you loose your "Total Fark" status? Awwwwwww.....
2003-09-14 11:35:15 AM  
right Gracie...bizarre comment, telemakhos

needless to say, i'm a big fan of this buddha
2003-09-14 12:01:58 PM did they just give him the duck/rabbit test? If so, what did he see? If they gave him more tests, would it be so hard to give us details about how he perceived them? Yes yes, great publicity for MIT for testing the Dalai Lama, but tell me about the tests for God's sake!
2003-09-14 12:22:29 PM  

The Spring 2003 issue of the quarterly magazine Tricycle, focused on Buddhism and science. They have a webpage at and might have something in the archives.

I'm also hoping someone will pick up and report on what tests the Dalai Lama took. Eddy Murphy's The Golden Child was on tv yesterday; hate to think people still look at it's an Eddy Murphy movie ;-)

2003-09-14 12:30:39 PM  
darkhorse23: "Betcha God told him all the right answers."

As far as I know, Buddhists are agnostic.
Besides, it sounded like a psychology experiment, not an exam!
2003-09-14 12:50:33 PM  
I'm on my way right now to see him at the Fleet Center in Boston.

Anyone who has any basic understanding of Buddhism finds many of the comments in this thread pretty funny :-) . Most are so far off the mark that they serve to highlite the very teachings of the Buddha.
2003-09-14 12:53:52 PM  
when did psychology become a 'science'
2003-09-14 01:01:08 PM  
Last I read, if there is a god, it is NOT all knowing. If it was, it would reach Nirvana.
2003-09-14 01:21:27 PM  
And can the clarity of visualized dreams can ever be achieved while awake?
Yes. Yes they can.
And then you go to jail for it for making baby Jesus cry.
2003-09-14 01:48:47 PM  
My dad's company is there selling introductory books for tibetan buddhism - ... i'm really looking forward to the central park talk HOOAH!
2003-09-14 02:10:55 PM  
Techno-Buddhism - It's like the fore-runner of the jedi.
2003-09-14 02:51:26 PM  
Oh man, this Dalai Lama guy has got it all. Jesus has nothing on Tha Dal!
2003-09-14 03:25:40 PM  
How is this article
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? Looks like someone thought their headline justified the tag. Are laugh-tracks for headlines just around the corner?
2003-09-14 04:10:31 PM  
Oh yeah, anyone ever seen that story of Buddha movie where Keanu Reeves played Siddhartha? I'm not kidding.
2003-09-14 05:06:05 PM  
Little Buddha i believe is the name.. craptacular film.
2003-09-14 09:24:46 PM  
Little Buddha is not bad, in my opinion. It features quite a bit of accurate Indian history. Keanu Reeves seems pretty ridiculous, as does some of the plot, but the movie is overall quite earnest. It's not like the Golden Boy or anything.
2003-09-14 10:50:02 PM  
If anyone is still looking at this thread...just returned from seeing the DL at the Fleet. He was wonderful as expected. Not in the way anyone in the west would think of wonderful, though.
He started off by saying, if you're hear thinking I'm going to say anything "special" or that I have "healing powers" (wiggles fingers), you will be disappointed. He then continued on with some great insights into the human character based on the teachings of the Buddha. What a cool guy!
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