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Old 24th October 2008, 12:32   #1
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Dateline October 24, 2008. This is the Dalai Lama's car in Mcleodganj just up the mountain from Dharamsala. He was inside eating a cheese omelette with alou parantha, his favorites. When he came out I asked him if there was anything he could tell me about the human condition.

He said, " Yes. There is great suffering in the world. There is a reason for that suffering, which is man's dogmatic attachment and reaction to being conjoined with the disgusting and being separated from the blissful. There is a path leading away from the attachments of suffering. That path leads to total enlightenment and Nirvana. And, it is nice to have a fine set of wheels like my 1965 Austin Healy to traverse that path."

With that the kindly old monk hopped in his Austin, did several donuts in the town square and laid rubber down to the main Tibetan Temple. Chinese authorities issued a statement in reply to the incident to the effect that Tibet can not be considered an independent nation because it does not produce its own automobiles. They further asserted that the Dalai Lama's reckless and provocative driving consstituted a terrorist act. The Dalai Lama has been accussed of driving underneath several dairy cows in the Dharamsala area causing them to panic, bolt and go dry. A sheet of charges has been file against the Dalai Lama but the complaint was filed by maoist mountain dairy herders whose motives are suspect. Tibetan authorities replied that their current research on producing cold fusion from Yak dung would "Teach those Chinese twits a thing or three, just you wait!"
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i should say that mr. lama has great sense of motoring.
watch out securities, because i'm going to have that car soon.

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Geez Dan, I am unable to separate the fact from fiction. Is it really his ride, was he shopping at the Supar Market?

Unless I see snaps of Dalai Lama doing wheel spins, hard to believe it.

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Samurai, me thinks DD has in his unique & inimitable style mixed fact and fiction. Good reading.

IMO the fact part is the car belonging to Dalai Lama and fiction is the donut and rubber-laying part.

@DD, I always wanted to ask you this. What do you do in Dharamsala ? Peaceful retirement or work ? Though I do wonder what kind of work would one do in so peaceful and laidback place.
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Nice ride.

Dalai Lama-drives it-Okay

But doughnuts?????
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Very well written
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Dan
I was actually drinking beer with him inside the McLlo's. Do you want to know what he told me?
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What's the point of this ?
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Great Narration!!

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I was actually drinking beer with him inside the McLlo's. Do you want to know what he told me?
We don't trust you when you're in high spirits.


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DD, I always wanted to ask you this. What do you do in Dharamsala ? Peaceful retirement or work ? Though I do wonder what kind of work would one do in so peaceful and laidback place.
I ain't saying.

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I was actually drinking beer with him inside the McLlo's. Do you want to know what he told me?
Yes, by all means! (This should be good.)

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Geez Dan, I am unable to separate the fact from fiction. Is it really his ride, was he shopping at the Supar Market?

Unless I see snaps of Dalai Lama doing wheel spins, hard to believe it.
Okay, the truth is it is in fact a 1965 Austin Healy owned by a Swiss fellow who was just passing through Mcleodganj, Dharamsala on his way to Nepal. It is abslolutely spotless, like new, and as beautifully kept up as it looks in the pictures. The Dalai Lama can often be seen here riding in a Wagon R or other small car as a passenger but sometimes in a Grand Vitara or Honda CRV, too. I have never seen him drive. He is under heavy armed escort via the Indian Army and Tibetan security but he will occassionally stop and chat with people. He is a very personable and nice fellow, as all great sadhus seem to be.
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ROTFL!! crazy wild humour dirty dan! i like. me thinks DD is smoking up some of that potent dried yak dung, send some over i could sure do with some of it.

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Hehehehe....The Dirty man is at it again!!
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lol. The car looks nice though!
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Ha! That made me chuckle. The image of the Lama doing donuts in the holy streets is a funny one indeed.
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@DD, What do you do in Dharamsala ?
Possibly an exotic herb taster ??

Dan that's a gorgeous Healey! And given the Lama's infectious laughter I wouldn't be surprised to find him chuckling as he spins donuts in the market place

Jokes aside wouldn't it be an awesome clip to video tape the Lama blasting around mountain bends in a Healey as he gives the passenger a discourse on the finer aspects of freeing oneself from suffering? I think more people will flock to him than Richard Gere helps.

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