The Dalai Lama On Hollywood and Technology

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama sat down in a live-broadcast interview with HuffPost’s Willow Bay on Wednesday.

The spiritual leader of Tibet who considers himself to be just a simple Buddhist monk, made it clear that he is unimpressed with Hollywood.

“Do you know about the Academy Awards? It’s how Hollywood celebrates itself,” asked Bay.

“Oh, I see,” said the Tibetan leader, sounding uninterested. In fact, the Dalai Lama said he hasn’t watched Hollywood movies in over 20 years, preferring instead to listen to BBC Radio and CNN.

“It’s very bad for my eyes,” said the Dalai Lama, laughing. “And also it’s a waste of time!”

But what he says about technology is even more eye-opening and something we should really think about.

He goes on to tell Bay that technology is “wonderful” as long as we remember who’s in control.

“I think technology really increased human ability,” said the Buddhist teacher, who has 8.5 million followers on Twitter. “But technology cannot produce compassion.”

“We are the controller of the technology,” he concluded. “If we become a slave of technology, then [that's] not good.”

Watch the full interview here.

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