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Saturday, June 21st, 2008

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I read an interview with Tendzin Choegyal - the Dalai Lama's youngest brother and he's so brilliant. He's such a rebel as well. Some of his answers made me laugh ( the parts about Steven Segal) and some made me think. Here's a bit of both.

Excerpts from Holy Man : Tibet or Not Tibet by Lisa Katayama - published in Giant Robot (Issue no. 52 )

GR : Have you met a lot of celebrities who stop through Dharamsala to meet the Dalai Lama?
TC : .......And then, on the other side of the scale, there's Steven Seagal. Oh my god. I met him when he came here. He was wearing a funny coat, a Chinese brocade, funny trousers, and funny shoes with that ponytail. I asked him ,'Why do you dress in such a peculiar manner?' He didn't say anything. He's arrogant, and pretends to be a Tibetian reincarnate. But why? He's such a strange man.

Okay, Major lulz or what.

GR: What do you think about the preservation of Tibetan culture in Dharamsala?
TC : I think we're losing it. Culture is not about dancing; it's not about the songs you sing. I think we are starting to go mainstream here - people are wearing baseball caps and baggy pants. Human culture keeps on changing - it's constantly being modified. There's no such thing as the 'original culture' - we are always in a state of flux. So it depends on how you look at it. But no matter how you dress or what kind of songs you sing, as long as you can relate with other people, I think it's okay.
Any trend that is based on the mistaken view that freedom under democracy is a license to do anything is dangerous. You'll destroy yourself, your family, and your community, because it's based on selfishness. Say something is very angry and he just can't listen to reason. That person's reason for not restraining himself is, I'm free. I can do whatever I want. The restraining factor is becoming smaller and smaller. We are becoming noble savages. 

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