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What would you ask the Dalai Lama?

Posted by UCSB Library on March 28, 2009

On April 24, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, author of this year’s selection for UCSB Reads, will be on campus to deliver two lectures. Our theme this year is “Ethics — Beyond Ourselves,” which ties in with the theme of his afternoon lecture.

If you had the chance to ask him a question about an ethical issue, what would it be? We will be submitting these to the Dalai Lama and hope that he will be able to address some of them. Reply to this thread and join in on the conversation!

For more information about the Dalai Lama, see the About the Author page on the UCSB Reads web site.

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10 Responses to “What would you ask the Dalai Lama?”

  1. Angela said

    I want to know about a story I heard. Apparently in Tibetan Buddhism, disabilities are part of karma and lessons not learned in a previous life. Can you explain more about this point of view?

  2. Robin said

    Do you think that being a theocrat can lead to bad karma?

  3. sketchy said

    I completely believe in Karma, but does this mean we have free will or are we already on a predetermined path we are just following?

  4. Jonathan said

    What is the role of the aesthetic in the ethical? Following William Butler Yeats, what kind of labor is required to become beautiful? Would His Holiness agree with Friedrich Nietzsche who, in The Gay Science, suggested that living one’s life as a work of art — fitting all of one’s strengths and weaknesses into an artistic plan — is the crucial habit of an examined life?

  5. George-Michael said

    What is your favorite cocktail and how easy is it for you to score chicks?

  6. Avram Baer said

    Your Holiness,
    In your 50 years of exile you have faced downed many hardships; never wavering in your commitment to your people and the fight for social justice. What advice do have for young people on how to achieve success while staying true to ones moral code?

  7. skippy said

    What is your view on conserving the natural environment from an ethical perspective?

  8. Sems Tshan Rig Pa said

    In the documentary “Unwinking Eye”, you meet with neuroscientists concerning the interface between science and Buddhist practices such as meditation. However, you say that neuroscience is unable to truly understand the systems which underlie and integrate science and ‘religious’ practice without an understanding of reincarnation. If we, as scientists, are to explain phenomena from the perspective of physics, genetics, neurobiology, etc., what are the major philosophical and systemic issues that have to be dealt with in the sciences in order to make sense of reincarnation?

  9. jian said

    i love smoking weed is that bad?

  10. Annie said

    You frequently describe yourself as just “a simple Buddhist monk”, but obviously to your people and to the world you are seen as much more than that.

    Between your life as a monk, your job as a representative and leader for the Tibetan people, and your role as a spokesman for world peace do you ever get time to enjoy some simple human pleasures like reading a novel, watching television, or viewing a film? I hope so.

    Thank you for everything you have done for the people of Tibet and thank you for being such a good advocate for peace and understanding. You are an inspiration for people no matter what their religion.

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