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
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.