Dalai Lama forms unlikely double act with British comedian
UK: The Dalai Lama kicked off Saturday a series of talks
across Britain, forming an unlikely double act with comedian Russell
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader began his week-
long programme at the Manchester Arena in northwest England, with a
talk to young people entitled “Stand Up And Be The Change”.
The Buddhist monk was in jovial form as he bantered with Brand, 37,
the ex-husband of US pop star Katy Perry, who is as well-known for his
hedonistic past as he is for his stand-up routines and film roles.
“Day is for work, night is for sleep but you can do what makes you
happy,” the 76-year-old said.
“Thank you for sanctioning my lifestyle,” Brand replied.
“Going from junkie to Shagger of the Year...three times... to now
introducing the Dalai Lama. It has been an interesting journey,” the
hirsute comic said.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, said the future was in the hands
“The 21st century belongs to you. My generation belongs to the 20th
century, it has already gone so my generation are ready to say bye bye,”
“I think quite certain this century can be more pleasant, more
peaceful and more equal.” He said dialogue was the key to avoiding
violent conflicts. “At the age of 16 I lost my freedom. At the age of 24
I lost my own country. During these 50 or 60 years I have faced a lot of
problems but I never give up hope. Hope based on truth, hope based on
reason,” he continued.
He is due to give further talks and teachings in Manchester before
heading to London and then Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness in Scotland.