Someone asked the Dalai Lama (?) what surprises him most. This was his response.

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Update: there’s a ton of discussion in comments, as well as elsewhere online, about who said this. What is clear is that the Dalai Lama said something very near to this (he does not speak fluent English). See comments. In any case, it’s quote or sentiment we appreciate, and the 2.0 nature of the internet, in this case, has only served to improve the original, simple offering that is this inspiring quote. ~ ed.

I got chills reading this. Dalai Lama? Nailed it!

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anonymous May 10, 2014 10:26pm

Whether this was his actual quote or not, we definitely need to question this man- he is not what he portrays himself to be to the world.

anonymous Mar 3, 2014 8:14pm

Seems that the first time (or two) this was posted the great concern was that the quote was attributed to the Dalai Lama and actually was not from him. Adding my 2 cents, I think that it's not only important to point out that it was not his quote, but crucial to find out exactly who it should be attributed to. Improper (or not) attributing material taken from another source is not only bad journalism, it's plagiarism. Unfortunately, I've seen more and more of that occurring in this particular journal of late, and more shrugging it off by the staff, as though it's not that big of a deal. Seriously unprofessional.

anonymous Apr 17, 2013 7:24pm

Several commentors have asked questions to the effect of, "Who cares if he said it or not?"

It's very important whether or not a given quote is accurately attributed. Great damage can be done by putting words into someone else's mouth. It is not only a lie, it is also a slander, and a kind of particularly public identity theft.

Just ask yourself this: How would you feel if you woke up one morning and found the twitterverse buzzing about something you said – except you didn't say it?

The internet is particularly vulnerable to falsehood. The only way to protect ourselves from that is to insist on the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truty.

anonymous Feb 18, 2013 12:58pm

Exactly. I know so many people living this way. People don't realize that nothing lasts forever, and that you take nothing with you to the grave. Health is real wealth, as money can't buy you health.

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The Buddha never had a problem with lay people making money — as long as they made it though 'right livelihood' and used their blamelessly-gained wealth to take care of parents and to practice generosity (the first of the perfections).

anonymous Jun 23, 2012 10:42pm

Beautifully and truthfully said.

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anonymous May 19, 2012 8:23am

It can move people to change and reflect regardless of who said it or whether it was religious speak or spiritual or George Carlin or Bugs Bunny.

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anonymous Apr 3, 2012 9:00am

Regardless of whether the dalai lama said this or not, you people are, once again, focusing on the wrong part of the story. The focus is the quote, not who said it. If the dalai lama was the main focus of this then it would have been clear. instead, the QUOTE is in BIG LETTERS making it the focus of the piece. The point is, Humans are being stupid. STOP worrying about the future and enjoy the present. That doesn't mean don't prepare for the future. That doesn't mean don't work towards something. It just means live like you're going to die. Work but make time to enjoy the world around you. Don't overwork yourself and sacrifice your enjoyment of life because if you die before you reach your goals, then what was the point of you working? It's kind of like having a really crazy plan and having a fallback for when that plan falls through. If you spend your life working towards a goal but take the time to enjoy life as well, then if things don't work out, you can at least say that you hadn't wasted your life working towards it. You enjoyed where you were as well. Although, to be honest, if you enjoy where you are then getting somewhere doesn't seem as important to you anymore. It's all how you look at it I guess. Anyway, enjoy life because you ARE going to die and when you get to that point, all the money and material possessions in the world won't mean a damn thing to you.

anonymous Mar 26, 2012 8:48pm

When one first becomes aware of the wisdom of such a statement, there is a shift in thinking. Unfortunately, after not too long a period of time, much of that re-newed thinking falls by the wayside… until another bright glimmer comes along at a later date. We can only pray that glimmer comes along with some frequency!

anonymous Mar 18, 2012 8:29pm

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anonymous Mar 12, 2012 7:34am

On 3/3 I posted that this was a hoax and gave a link verifying it. Why would the Elephant Journal not post my comment?

anonymous Mar 5, 2012 10:44am

I love this man. If you go to youtube and watch some of his teachings you won't be able to keep from smiling.

anonymous Mar 3, 2012 9:45am

It's a hoax, he never said it.

anonymous Feb 13, 2012 4:56pm

Man how dare you try to motivate people with words… lol no really man I love the positive message. I don't even get surprised any longer when people find negative in something positive. Thanks for sharing!

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anonymous Jan 16, 2012 5:09pm

This is obviously a hoax. The Dalai Lama would say anything as moralistic and condescending as this. I am, to be honest, surprised any Buddhist would fall for it.

    anonymous Jan 16, 2012 4:12pm

    That is, "the Dalai Lama would NEVER say anything as moralistic and condescending as this."

      anonymous Apr 2, 2012 12:26am

      Well, you sound nicely condescending, so you've got him covered. Read the other comments—he said something very close to this. Obviously he doesn't speak fluent English. As I said in the updated intro, he didn't seem to say exactly this. But whomever said this, it's worth contemplating. ~ Waylon.

anonymous Jan 12, 2012 11:52pm

The Dalai Lama never said this. You should check first before attributing this stuff to him. It sells but it's not the truth.

    anonymous Apr 2, 2012 12:27am

    It sells? Did you pay to read it?

anonymous Jan 4, 2012 7:00pm

The purpose of sharing this post is to inspire people, not to start an argument. It also serves to wake us up, if we want to be waken. Great stuff!

anonymous Dec 13, 2011 9:08am

very eloquent quote. Carpe Diem!

anonymous Dec 7, 2011 10:54am

exactly exactly and 100 percent true

anonymous Dec 6, 2011 9:18am

If he did or did not say it, it doesn't matter as long as it's an amazing quote along the way.

anonymous Dec 1, 2011 10:04pm

if im living in the now, life on the pursuit of love & happiness with my heart & mind over money any given damn day: may i please use your meaningful artwork of the dalai lama @ his finest next to this photo below in my novel, 2012 G. Code.

I am not writing the book to make $ but for the good of man and woman of this beloved planet, 12/21/12 = renaissance and I’m voicing the change that can truly help “we the people” of this glorious earth, if given permission to use this I can send you a copy with 3 options of reimbursement

anonymous Nov 29, 2011 9:36pm

Well The Dalai Lama DID say that Buddhism is a work in progress and that if anything is proved that is the opposite of Buddhist beliefs, that Buddhism would change (my paraphrase not his exact statement- just to avoid the nonsense). So it seems to me that he wouldn't be disturbed by cobbled together pieces of what he said creating a quote such as this 66 word one.

And he also has said in many ways at many different times that the Chinese invasion of Tibet and the diaspora of the Buddhists (not the Tibetan people, the monks) could be viewed as karma because of the corruption and greed that was present and had in the past been present within the monasteries and among the monks.

I hope he does live into his 90's and that after death he does reincarnate in the western world – as my neighbor!

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anonymous Nov 11, 2011 11:24am

Noticed there was some question as to the origins of this quote, regardless of its source one of the problems with such comments is SO WHAT DO YOU DO NEXT? Anyone can with the greatest poetry declare that the world is going to heck in a handbasket BUT WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT IT?! If this quote is from the Dalai Lama and if it leads to the answer to that question then I think he has succeeded.

anonymous Nov 4, 2011 5:43pm

In other words "They are not conscious human beings but still only animals!

anonymous Nov 4, 2011 3:13pm

True nuff, but i think the 'meme' has been travelling around the net for some time…it used to be attributed to George Carlin!

anonymous Nov 1, 2011 6:55am

I just read a post that the Dalai Lama wrote. It's short but up front.

"I believe China is doing the right thing. If the Tibetans would realize that India is such a greater life then there they would move out also. And never return as I have."

It's true he said it.

    anonymous Dec 14, 2011 9:14pm

    Hah…well played, Pirtath.

anonymous Oct 13, 2011 5:48pm

It sounds like something I read in "Finding Happiness in a Troubled World"– I think that was the title. I don't own the book, but read it a few months back, as I had checked it out from the library. It is a book based on a series of interviews with his holiness over a period of a couple of years. The writer both quoted and paraphrased the lama, and specified when doing so. If you wish to find the source so desperately, you may try this publication. It shouldn't be difficult to locate.

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anonymous Sep 15, 2011 8:14pm

That was a Happy Meal quote: Sounds Good, Not good for ya!

anonymous Sep 8, 2011 1:58pm

Should be,
Man lives knowing he is one day going to die so lives life in the present to the full making him relaxed to look to the past and would never sacrifice his health for wealth
DaLee Lama haha

anonymous Sep 7, 2011 2:20am

This was enjoyed1

anonymous Aug 26, 2011 1:58pm

Awfully easy to say stuff like that when you have a nation walking around behind you to dress you, feed you, house you and pray to you. The rest of us have to work to live. The rest of us have to put up with jerks who will try to harm us. In short, the rest of us aren't the dalai lama.

    anonymous Sep 9, 2011 5:16am

    oh so true. oh so true.

    anonymous Nov 16, 2011 8:15am

    food for thought: do you have any idea how many jerks have been trying to harm the Dalai Lama and his family and his followers, his whole life? just an entire government! i do hear your point, but just wanted to say that sometimes that certainly applies, but not as much with the Dalai Lama as with many other people in positions such as his. thanks!

    anonymous Dec 14, 2011 9:15pm

    Riiiight. The Dalai Lama has it easy.

    I have no problem with him making a living. He offers far more than many of us. ~ Waylon

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anonymous Aug 10, 2011 2:57pm

Geez, people–
Who gives a [email protected]&t who said it?
What surprises me most about most people is their fetish for focusing on anything but that which would truly serve their growth.
Yet, we teachers (and bloggers) soldier on…

anonymous Aug 9, 2011 8:39am

In the words of the great Eddie Griffin "Fuck the messenger, did ya get the message?"

anonymous Aug 8, 2011 9:16pm

Oh, how Thoreauvian! Frankly, I couldn't care if Thoreau, the Dalai Lama, a Romanian writer, or Bugs Bunny said it: the important thing is the message (though I must admit, I kinda wish it was Bugs Bunny).

Thanks for posting this wonderful quote Waylon!

anonymous Aug 8, 2011 10:11am

This is not the dalai lama's, this is from a website called the interview with god. Nice stuff though.

anonymous Aug 6, 2011 2:17pm

You know what really surprises the Dalai Lama? When someone spills hot coffee on his robe

    anonymous Aug 6, 2011 2:53pm

    Actually, I saw him have something spilled on him once, though I have no idea if it was coffee. He simply blinked, gently held his robe away from his body until it dried, and continued to answer questions.

anonymous Aug 5, 2011 3:52pm

This is so true! To get out of this loop we have the option of finding the core of peace. What toughts and state of being do we need to be in to know the truth of this peaceful state?

anonymous Aug 5, 2011 3:41pm

I believe that some may be forgetting that the Dalai Lama is a "modern man". One born in this age and tied to it intellectually as well as spiritually. His language has always been both a reflection of the times and ancient wisdoms. What some maybe confusing is the difference between Buddha and the Dalai Lama.

anonymous Aug 5, 2011 2:28am

Not all men Mr.Lama

anonymous Aug 4, 2011 11:22am

This quote is pointing out the hampster wheel of karma that we are on. Timely, and the logic is farely inarguable as far as I'm concerned.

anonymous Aug 4, 2011 10:26am

Here is another quote that is of a similar nature… attributed to the Dalai Lama

We have bigger houses but smaller families:
We have more degrees but less sense;
more knowledge but less judgements;
more experts but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness.
We've been all the way to the moon and back,
but we have trouble crossing the street
to meet the new neighbour.
We build more computers
to hold more information,
to produce more copies than ever,
but we have less communication.
We have become long on quantity
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods,
but slow digestion;
tall man, but short character;
steep profits, but shallow relationships.
It is time when there is much in the window
but nothing in the room.

    anonymous Aug 4, 2011 8:13pm

    Not trying to be flippant or funny or nasty… this sounds a lot like George Carlin, he liked to play with language that way and definitely had the same philosophy, especially later in life.

    anonymous Aug 6, 2011 8:44pm

    In any case, it is sadly true and well stated, Zenslinger. Parents give their kids everything except the loving attention the kids need. Kids are too busy texting to friends to bother talking to their parents or to sleep enough. Government is too busy spending or cutting the budget to implement what the people really need. People are too busy trying to be happy to even bother to vote in a so-called democracy. And you can quote me.

      anonymous Sep 9, 2011 5:49am

      your vote means nothing. this is why people don't vote. get your story straight.

    anonymous Nov 9, 2011 1:01am

    this looks like it is adapted from Dr. Moorehead, minister, author, and former pastor of Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Washington.

anonymous Aug 4, 2011 9:54am

Evelyn Ruut A friend of mine insisted that this sounded like it was not an authentic quote. I shared it which started the discussion. Any particular reference available that might authenticate it?

# It does sound edited, which all of the Dalai Lama's writings and talks in English are…he has limited, simple English. The above is simply put, and consistent with Buddhist thought…seemed real to me, and I'm a Buddhist. That said, if you have another source, let us know and we'd correct. That said, in any case, the point above remains just as powerful and touching whomever uttered it—Buddhism isn't about gods, it's about all of us having inherent wisdom and insight. ~ W.

anonymous Aug 3, 2011 2:52pm

Dolly Llama lolololol

anonymous Aug 3, 2011 11:12am

god has been so wonderful

anonymous Aug 3, 2011 5:41am

To Joe Olausen….I'd love to see you when you try to explain this to God…

    anonymous Aug 4, 2011 2:56pm

    and the joy you perceive in others judgment is just as bad as what they do

    anonymous Dec 4, 2011 8:48am

    I would explain this to god by saying if you designed me, than you designed me to think and live by what i can prove and is logical not by what was written two thousand years ago by shepards in another language than translated and changed to support the current politcal views.

    anonymous Mar 2, 2013 3:00pm

    Do you also believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny?

anonymous Aug 2, 2011 11:37pm

The people were slaves to the Dalai Lama before he fled to India. All religions promise a paradise to their believers whom noone could prove, not the living anyway.Man created the gods and this is certain.

    anonymous Aug 5, 2011 10:40pm

    Everything you learned about Tibet you learned from Chinese Communist videos on youtube about Tibet? I grew up around Tibetans, they long for and miss their world and life in their homeland.

      anonymous Sep 10, 2011 4:01pm

      yeah, that doesn't make the Dalai Lama a good person. But keep believing in your Tibetan-American propaganda

    anonymous Aug 6, 2011 8:19pm

    First of all, Buddhism states clearly that there are no external gods who are independently existent (that is, real from their own side, which includes everything else as well, by the way!), so Buddhism would definitely agree with you there.

    Secondly, Buddhism does not promise anything to believers, Buddha's dying words were that his followers have to work hard to discover their own minds. Godlike-realms may result for those with particularly good karma, but then after that karma is used up the person gets reborn in some lower realm.

    The Tibetans are now so much more enslaved than before the Communist Chinese invaded, their land so much polluted and stolen, their culture (songs, dances, religion,etc) replaced by some Chinese version. There is no comparison. You could say that the quote is talking about the Communist Chinese who destroy and pollute to get quick money, and now have to spend a lot to try to get well again, and who worry about the future so they don't have the present to live well.

    anonymous Aug 10, 2011 12:02am

    Joe, Buddhism isn't a religion. There is no promise of paradise. And they speak of no God. You're not educated. You should really go spend time at a Buddhist Temple before you comment freely in the universe.

      anonymous Dec 22, 2011 10:43pm

      Buddhism is a religion. Unfortunately, the term "religion" as used in the West is a limiting word to the Eastern mind. It is a way of life, a practice.

    anonymous Aug 27, 2011 2:28pm

    You obviously have limited understanding of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, and Buddhism… try doing a little research.

    anonymous Oct 17, 2011 1:20pm

    I think God created man

    anonymous Nov 7, 2011 4:05am

    Sorry you are wrong. God created man…but one day you'll see that. So don't stress about it now…it will happen for you.

    anonymous Dec 24, 2011 6:56am

    your making a flawed conclusion that organized religion and faith in god are one in the same. to discount a higher spiritual consciousness as mere man made fiction, is as ignorant, and close minded as people who follow an organized religion to the letter of their man made documents.

anonymous Aug 2, 2011 8:14pm

man sacrifices health TO LIVE BY FEEDING HIMSELF. many animals sacrifice their health for food (i.e. foraging) how does this make us any different. dalai lama is as fake as they come

    anonymous Aug 4, 2011 11:39pm

    The guy was talking about how messed up society is. Keep an open mind, dude.

    anonymous Aug 20, 2011 10:47am

    In regards to most people living above the poverty that still work themselves to near death so they can pay homage to their god of consumerism, they ARE working past the need of simply feeding themselves. This makes us different. No cow ever chose a plasma screen over their ability to eat and keep themselves healthy.

      anonymous Sep 9, 2011 5:07am

      how do you know that? cows roam looking for greener pastures. they don't stay in a brown grass less field.

        anonymous Apr 3, 2012 8:47am

        Yes but there's a difference between roaming looking for greener pastures and passing up greener pastures in hopes of finding even greener ones which is what we, as humans, do. Where as a cow would settle and graze in a perfectly green pasture, we'll walk ourselves to death looking for a greener one with wildflowers in it. Our greed makes us work ourselves to death and when it comes time to die, well, we never enjoyed all those green pastures we passed through in our search for the wildflowers.

    anonymous Nov 24, 2011 8:56pm

    yeah, im thinking the Dalai Lama didn't say this. Couldn't find anything on snopes…
    seems like a spiritual happy meal to me. Besides, the quote doesn't really help. it says a lot, but (as Lao tzu would have you know) saying a lot does not mean helpful.

anonymous Aug 2, 2011 6:40pm

it doesnt matter if he said this in these words or not but he has said this many times in many other words. its up to us to think about the thought and try to be more present. one doesnt have to be a buddhist to believe this. its all about a more peaceful and gentle world. if someone has a better answer or message let's hear it. in our lifetime he is a great man, even though i do not believe in following any one person.

    anonymous Aug 4, 2011 10:17am

    That's my feeling…even if he didn't say it, he very well could have—Buddhism is in line with the above. In any case, happy to correct it if someone finds it's not by him.

anonymous Aug 2, 2011 12:01pm

Don’t really know what would surprise the Dali Lama but did he shout “NOT NOW KATO !” ?

anonymous Aug 2, 2011 2:02am

wise words it could have come from anybody it doesn't take away the importance and truth in it! It would be a shame if the Dalai Lama is connected to it falsely as it takes away credibility to the cause of sharing the truth and making people realise that there is a better way to live

anonymous Aug 1, 2011 1:31pm

It so sad to see so much negativity and judgement from people who do not have the truth and knowledge before they simply make such comments. Shocked at such low self respect to call themselves such names. So, sad………… But at least they are looking at this site, so maybe there is hope?!

anonymous Aug 1, 2011 11:02am

That quote is to spiritual living as a Happy Meal is to nutrition.

    anonymous Aug 4, 2011 10:15am

    Your comment is to wit and having a point as a Happy Meal is to nutrition. Seriously, brother, it's just a short quote. I thought it was dead on.

      anonymous Aug 25, 2011 7:26pm

      Yeah, his reply was shite, but he makes great subs.

    anonymous Sep 10, 2011 3:59pm

    no worries, people need those feel-good quotes. (just like a Happy meal once in a while)

    anonymous Oct 6, 2011 6:36am

    Similar to "Today is the first day of the rest of your life"

anonymous Aug 1, 2011 8:35am

Where did the Dalai Lama say this? The concepts sounds like his, but this does not really sound like a direct quote. Please let me know where this quote came from? Lots of things get sent around the Internet and accredited to the Dalai Lama, many of which he never said. I think it is important to make sure it is something he actually said. I look forward to a reply. Thanks.

    anonymous Aug 1, 2011 9:50am

    Google will tell you just as quickly as it will tell me…and since you're asking, I'll let you find the original source. That said, I love your healthy cynicism. ~ Waylon

      anonymous Aug 2, 2011 9:34am

      sounds like alan watts to me…

      anonymous Feb 21, 2012 2:15pm

      According to the Office of the Dalai Lama this quote is not from him…..


      Dear Amy,

      Thank you for your email inquiring about this particular quote which has been attributed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness has made no such remarks, either in speech or in writing. We trust this clarifies it.

      Best wishes,

      Tenzin Gyalpo
      Administrative Assistant

      Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
      Thekchen Choeling
      P.O. McLeod Ganj
      Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) 176219

        anonymous May 21, 2013 4:24pm

        thanks for this response

    anonymous Aug 5, 2011 12:22pm

    Agreed. Doesn;t sound like a real quote. The only sites that list this quote are not really ones I would use as valid references.

      anonymous Aug 27, 2011 10:45am

      Actually it does matter who said it. If the DL didn’t really say it, then putting words in his mouth is wrong.

      And if the site which published incorrect information doesn’t care to check their sources, then that lack of concern for authenticity seriously downgrades the credibility of this site.

      It’s a good quote and I like it but far too often “great men” turn out to be sexist pigs.

    anonymous Aug 8, 2011 10:03pm

    Doesn't matter who said it. Message remains the same whether it was the Dalai Lama or Bugs Bunny.

anonymous Jul 31, 2011 9:57pm

I think dalai lama should live like a buddhit and leave behind his attachment with tibet.

    anonymous Aug 1, 2011 7:58am

    Dear Fuck Tibet….Please tell us how a buddhist lives.

    anonymous Aug 1, 2011 9:50am

    To honor your undignified comment and username with a real response, he has offered—for decades—to cede independence formally, as long as Tibetans gain rights and self-governance within China. Also, Buddhists have to eat, have a roof over our heads…we can care about something without being "attached" to it neurotically.

    We're of this world just as much as you, or anyone. ~ Waylon

    anonymous Aug 3, 2011 1:51am

    I think "Fuck Tibet" should leave behind their attatchment to going on their computer and saying stupid shit. The dalai lama is awesome and he can have attatchments just like everyone else.

    anonymous Aug 6, 2011 8:52pm

    The Dalai Lama does not have attachment with Tibet, he has compassion for Tibetans living in Tibet, and he knows how important it is to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism to have an autonomous Tibet, because the world would be much poorer without Tibetan Buddhism.

    anonymous Sep 10, 2011 3:58pm

    yeah, from a euro-american perspective I would have to disagree. However, having a lot of chinese friends and students, I've come to learn that there is more to that than Americans and Europeans see.The Dalai Lama is not everywhere know as a peaceful protector (or whatever) of Tibet, to many he is the opposite.

    anonymous Sep 16, 2011 12:55pm

    Unfortunately, the Chinese gov't has a very active program of people paid to write comments like this. Blog moderators need to just remove such comments when they aren't sincere about adding to the discussion.

      anonymous Oct 12, 2012 11:47am

      yeah, he's a 50 cent man, Chinese guy paid to post against dalai lama, human rights, etc. It's a job.

anonymous Aug 4, 2011 10:16am

I looked, and it's all over google, and I couldn't find the source. It sounds to me like the Dalai Lama, edited of course since his English is limited and simple. But I don't know more than that. I have no reason to doubt the source unless we're given a reason to doubt it.

anonymous Aug 5, 2011 12:19am

Nice sleuthing. This sounded too professional to be the Dalai Lama, tho' he might agree.(Not sure what would surprise him; maybe China getting a conscience before it travels through it's new imperialism as it supplants the US?)

anonymous Aug 5, 2011 9:04pm

Siona, you're on it! Anyone at that talk in Lisbon?!

anonymous Feb 21, 2012 2:14pm

According to the Office of the Dalai Lama this quote is not from him…..


Dear Amy,

Thank you for your email inquiring about this particular quote which has been attributed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness has made no such remarks, either in speech or in writing. We trust this clarifies it.

Best wishes,

Tenzin Gyalpo
Administrative Assistant

Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Thekchen Choeling
P.O. McLeod Ganj
Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) 176219

anonymous Aug 6, 2011 11:23am

That's not Carlin. That's Louis C.K.

anonymous Aug 7, 2011 1:42pm

Does it matter? That Lisbon talk was in 2007; the Paler translation is from 2005. (And who knows when his "Interview with God" was written) My money is on the Romanian activist / writer.

anonymous Dec 22, 2011 11:20pm

Good point. The quote is indicative on a how a majority of us live our lives, and it is easier distract ourselves from the truths of this quote then face the fatal flaws in our lifestyles.