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Absolutely Fatuous

by | 28th, May 2004

‘LANDMARKS in celebrity lives, No. 1,234: An audience with the Dalai Lama.

Joanna’s met all the greats

This week it’s Joanna Lumley’s turn to meet the spiritual leader of Tibet, now living in exile in the photogenic foothills of the Himalayas.

Joanna (“midnight-blue patterned chuba, a traditional Tibetan dress, with silk blouse underneath fastened with a safety-pin and a striped apron signifying she is a married women”) meets the DL (orangey-red tunic with yellow stripe, glasses, shaved head) in a moment that fulfils a “life-long dream’ for her and, dare it not be said, most likely for him too.

“I think the Dalai Lama is a hero because,” says Joanna, speaking in what sounds like the start of a competition to finish the line in twelve worlds or less and so win a day out shopping with big DL.

But to give Joanna her dues: “I think the Dalai Lama is a hero because he emphasises the most essential teaching of Buddhism, which so to be kind.”

Point taken, but no cigar. Joanna went over the 12-word guidelines, so she is disqualified.

But she’s not stopping there. Indeed she goes on to say: ”…and that is rather an unfashionable subject for world leaders or other religious figures to talk about these days. I can’t think of any other leader in the world today who has the Dalai Lama’s moral stature and charisma.”

Whether it’s the high altitude, the Himalayan setting or the giddy sensation of meeting her “hero” that’s to blame, it seems Joanna has forgotten our own dear leader Tony Blair.

In any case, she’s not a Buddhist, well not in the sense that she prays and all that. No, Joanna is more of Buddhist in the way that she had “found the teachings of the Dalai Lama incredibly helpful”.

As she says: We have to realise the precious nature of life and make the most of it.”

So Joanne drives a Smart Car and goes to the newsagents without make-up on. And before you mock, ask yourself this: what did you do to make the world a better place today?’

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