Dalai Lama’s Dalai Lama

I watched Seven Years in Tibet

apparently, Tibetan monks are native to Tibet

..never really made that connection

This article is a fairly vague idea

It’s one of those of those ones of mine even more than others in which I’m finding it as I argue it

So let’s see where it takes me

This idea that I had was mostly inspired by the juxtaposition between Brad Pitt’s character, Heinrich Harrer, and the Dalai Lama

If you haven’t seen the movie, I don’t care that much but I’ll say this for your benefit and perhaps for mine as well

The dalai lama is a young boy heralded as reincarnated buddhist spiritual leader of the people of Tibet

Heinrich Harrer is a blunt and brash man – mountain climber, alpha male, etc.

Brad Pitt’s Austrian accent is ridiculous and hilarious and so bad that it might be the most entertaining part of the movie

If it is actually an accurate accent, then by all indications I just roasted all Austrians


In the movie, Harrer escapes a British POW camp and ends up in Tibet

eventually becoming very close with the dalai lama

teaching him about the world, constructing a theater and treating him like a boy and a friend, not religious royalty

the boy is indeed very wise, and knowledgeable in spiritual matters where Harrer is clueless

Harrer has practical, typical knowledge

and the pain of love and loneliness.

Wisdom loves good company, but perhaps more than that it desires different company, even hurting company

The Dalai Lama guides the people spiritually

He is their tradition, muse, pomp & circumstance and practical guidance

He is their ruler, their order

This boy has a mother, who raises him and enforces conduct strictly

Out of this discipline he can be enabled to emerge as a young boy with healthy freedom, maturity of perspective and amiability

I can imagine this going wrong in many ways, but here, it apparently doesn’t

Seeing the boy and Harrer get along moved me to ask,

Who is the Dalai Lama’s Dalai Lama?

Radically different personalities and worldviews complement each other on one condition:

that humility and friendship are shared by all parties.


that’s a bit of a general point

there are some gems here

but I can’t seem to see them.

I’ve wondered why I seem to gravitate toward broken people

Not to compare myself to symbol of all spiritual wisdom or anything

It’s my underlying masculine need for oppressive power!

or perhaps the real and genuine vice of needing to feel superior.

Perhaps my intriguing patterns of social gravitation have more to do with the correlation between emotional pain in a person and the possibility that interaction with them will yield any combination of things interesting/substantive/constructive/apparently productive

I also gravitate toward interesting people, but all of my life has been spent as a child around children,

and all children are broken in one way or another

splintered egos, still piecing themselves together, scraping up whatever apparently sincere realities and beliefs they can find to compose their own identities

since there is no satisfaction neither in allowing outside forces to decide your self-composition nor in disavowing the idea of the self altogether and effectively actuating & hurrying the mortality of the soul decades prior to the fading away your mortal body

So anyways,

wisdom and brokenness

Even the Dalai Lama needs companionship

And if the spiritual wisdom of the dalai lama contrasts so heavily with the rabble so as to distinguish him as great,

then perhaps the knowledge and comradery of the common man is just what the dalai lama needs and desires.

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