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The Dalai Lama recently called me for a brief chat.
When I answered the phone I said, “Hello Dalai.” He told me I’ve used that joke before.
So after shooting the breeze with His Holiness for a few minutes, he told me he wanted my response to a famous quote of his.
I said “shoot” (which is a bad word for a pacifist) and this is what he said.
Man surprises him because:
He sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
“You know Dalai,” I said. “I think a lot about that myself.”
“You do?” The Dalai Lama asked.
“And I’ve come to a conclusion. Man should learn from his best friend how to deal with life.”
“How do you mean?” he asked.
“Look, dogs don’t sit around worrying about making money. We don’t worry about our health. We never think about the future.”
“What then do you think about?” he asked.
“Sometimes, I think whether I’ve napped enough. Sometimes, I wonder if I’m going to sleep on my left side or my right side. These are the really important things.”
“You don’t worry about other things?” he asked.
“I worry if I’m going to get rid of that itch behind my ears. I worry if I can get someone to rub my belly. And I worry if I’m ever going to find the chew toy I hid yesterday.”
“Absolutely fascinating”, His Holiness said.
I asked him if I could come visit him in Dharamsala and he said anytime.
I hope he feels better now.
Look I know you humans can’t get enough of me.
So if you want to see my earlier words of brilliance, check them out here.
And do me a favor, someone post a comment below or something.
I’m sure something bad is going to happen if someone doesn’t write a comment.
PS. Don’t tell Dalai I said that.