April 25th, 2012
11:14 AM ET

The Dalai Lama sits down with Piers Morgan

(CNN)–On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes His Holiness The Dalai Lama for a wide-ranging and enlightening interview, touching on politics, religion and temptation.

Morgan sat down with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader in Rochester, Minnesota, following his annual physical.

The Dalai Lama revealed his fondness for a recent resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"Of course as individual, individual person. I love President Bush," says The Dalai Lama.

"Which one?" asked Morgan.

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    January 15, 2013 at 9:14 am |
  2. Dasha Trebichavska

    What was the most memorable moment/time in your life, Piers Morgan asked the Dalai Lama? As His Holiness was pondering, I was thinking about my most memorable life event: escaping from the communist Czechoslovakia to the "West" in 1986 and having a profound sense of freedom as I touched the ground of Italy (jumping over a fence from Yugoslavia to Italy)..and then Dalai Lama mentioned his escape from Tibet to India in 1959 after the Chinese invaded....and then having his mother freed later and him being able to speak up against communist China...I too felt my huge sense of relief when my parents were free to communicate with me after the Berlin Wall came down and democracy and freedom of speech were restored in the easter European countries.....freedom of speech which I take for granted now; so let's tighten our belts, realize what we have in this country, and preserve the US as a world leading democratic nation

    May 26, 2012 at 1:23 am |
  3. Sean

    It's so disheartening to see people take the words of an honest, peaceful man, and judge them based on their perceived allegiance to a political affiliation. One person on here calls the Dalai Lama an "idiot".

    I think it's important to realize that the Dalai Lama and even the Presidents of the United States are simply humans. Born with no greater innate advantage than yourself. They are not omniscient, nor are they free of fault.

    That being said, sometimes it takes a brighter human person to see past the actual words, and understand the intention of the words to appreciate them.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Cici

    The Dalai Lama’s long-cherished dream for independence has been seen even by foreign politicians. J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. Ambassador to China, said in the Human Rights Situation of the Tibetan People on Oct. 14 1987 that “the Administration disavows any support for the Dalai Lama’s five-point program”, as “neither the United States nor any other member of the United Nations recognizes or has ever recognized Tibet as a sovereign state independent of China”.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:10 am |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    April 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      April 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Cici

      The Dalai Lama’s long-cherished dream for independence has been seen even by foreign politicians. J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. Ambassador to China, said in the Human Rights Situation of the Tibetan People on Oct. 14 1987 that “the Administration disavows any support for the Dalai Lama’s five-point program”, as “neither the United States nor any other member of the United Nations recognizes or has ever recognized Tibet as a sovereign state independent of China”.

      But the Dalai Lama continued his association with some western countries and criticized China and development in Tibet.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:04 am |
  6. Sharma

    Tibet was an independent state between India and China, no visa kind of thing between three countries and a lot of travelling in between. China while advancing its might knew the spiritual nature of the people living, no army, and no possible retaliation and just militarily occupied. People were slaughtered, many run away to the place of possible shelter. For Dalai Lama India was like mother. India as usual, a silent spectator also got beating as China capture 4000 sq. KM of India’s area too in retaliation of giving shelter to Dalai Lama. More than a million Tibetans live in India. Where is NATO or UNO or their supporter countries? All nonsense! These organizations have failed to do the right work. They can keep mouth shut on supply of arms to opponent in Libya, Iraq Syria and so on... Just imagine the situation if somebody captures your house and if you are thrown out. It is over 60 years now. Is it prerequisite to produce terrorists to get rid of dictatorship?

    April 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm |

    I generally think that Piers Morgan does a good job of interviewing but I found this interview disturbing on many levels. The lack of basic knowledge of Buddhism made some of the questions rather painful for me to watch/hear. The Dalai Lama is the reincarnate of the 13th Dalai Lama, recognized at age 2. I think I hear Mr. morgan ask if he was "studying for an exam" to become the Dalai lama? The personal lifestyle questions may be interesting w/ an entertainer but really for a Buddhist monk of his stature ( highest ranking Buddhist living) who has spent most of his life teaching and meditating what answer did he think he was going to get? Anyone who has spent time in serious deep meditation is pretty clear about the insignificance of tv, cell phones, etc when compared to the involvement required and resulting from meditating. I would much rather have heard him focus on the Dalai Lama's insights or questions explaining basic Buddhist ideas to an audience that might not have been exposed otherwise. It seems like a huge waste of time to ask about such folly when you have one of our great Spiritual leaders ( who is getting up there in age) at your disposal. Also, I would have prefered more reverence shown towards the Dalai Lama.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • J.W

      Where is there a Buddhist temple in Dallas? Can I come there?

      April 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm |


      April 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • J.W

      Cool thanks. I looked at the website. I usually go to church on Sunday mornings but I wouldnt mind coming to visit one sunday

      April 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  8. dannybloom

    (CNN) - The Dalai Lama says

    "The world belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader, kings or religious leaders. The world belongs to humanity. Each country belongs essentially to their own people," he said in an interview Wednesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

    Politicians at times forget that, even in democratic countries like the United States, he said.

    "Sometimes they are short-sighted," he said. "They are mainly looking for the next vote." (laughs, giggles)

    > He said "China
    > belongs to its people, to its citizens, not the Chinese Communist
    > Party, not the Kuomindang...:"

    > ,,why on earth was he equating the KMT of Taiwan with the CCP of
    > communist CHINA?. but he really
    > said "KUOMINGTANG", i heard it on CNN tody, i have it on tape, .....what has the Dalai Lama been smoking?

    April 26, 2012 at 6:23 am |


      April 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  9. Frank Bund

    "Even though he's taken a vow of celibacy, the Dalai Lama said he still feels temptation when he sees women.

    "Oh yes, sometimes (I) see people (and think) oh, this is very nice," he said.

    But even in his dreams, he said, he reminds himself of his spiritual role.

    "I'm Dalai Lama. I always remember, I am monk, I am always monk," he said.

    He said he doesn't watch movies or listen to music, has never taken drugs and doesn't drink. But he recalled one time when he tasted wine."

    So, he's an alcoholic with a perpetual erection.

    April 26, 2012 at 4:31 am |
  10. dd

    why does piers morgan keep interrupting the dalai lama?

    April 26, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • Brb

      Maybe that's how he flirts? I honestly do not know.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:56 am |
    • mandarax

      Because he is a crappy interviewer.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • Aaron

      Piers interrupts all his guests because he is a hack. He doesn't really care about the substance of interviews, he just wants to keep pushing for something provocative. If you are not saying anything shocking, than he will interrupt.

      April 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  11. b4bigbang

    "Swarm" of earthquakes detected in Pac NW (4/19).
    Jesus predicted these occurances as part of the signs indicating the end times!
    Read about it in the Gospels!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      How do you know that these "swarms" never happened before? we have only recently been able to detect them, thanks to science. The world cycles on as it always has, and always will...generations of death cults will come and do, and will see negativity in all human activity and predict the end..and all, as you are ,will be wrong. Enjoy life.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • catholic engineer

      Swarms of earthquakes have happened before as have other cataclysms. But whoever put together the biblical prophecies was a master psychologist. Throughout time, every time a major disaster occurs, people seem to turn to God, or at least think about god.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • evolvedDNA

      Catholic engineer.. well it goes to show that turning to god does nothing...really what would you want your god to do after thousands have died..it would have been better perhaps if he had acted prior to the event,,,

      April 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  12. Laurence Ringo

    Hey UnB!What in the name of sanity are you nattering on about??I thought the Dalai Lama was the subject? At any rate,here's my question:What exactly does the Dalai Lama do?I mean,I know he's some kind of happy-go-lucky fellow who goes around smiling,bowing,and being honored at various places;I've even read some of his books(Although,to be frank,I found his writings impractical and somewhat incoherent).At any rate,I'm baffled at the accord he's granted everyplace he goes;why is that? I understand his advocacy for his people,although I doubt he'll live long enough to see any meaningful concessions from the Chinese,but so far as I can see,he's not been very effective.So again...what does the Dalai Lama do?(By the way,since he's an atheist,why is he called"His Holiness"?)

    April 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Hello Dalai!

      Well that was quite a display of dingbat ignorance, Laurence!

      What exactly does any religious leader do? Pretty much just talk.

      You can't understand why a religious leader would be accorded dignity when he traveled? Okay, but that's your inability to comprehend, not any problem of his.

      You cannot understand his books? We are seeing a pattern of inabilty to comprehend in you. They are not that inscrutable. They are not that amazing eaither, but they are better reads than the Bible or Quran or Book of Mormon. Then again, Hop On Pop is better literature than those books.

      Buddhists are not really atheists, as they do mostly believe in a supernatural structure, which is incompatible with atheism. Many branches of Buddhism have entities similar to demons and demi-gods, and things like samsara and nirvana are certainly elements of religion and supernaturalism. What Buddhists do not have is a known creator God.

      But thanks for stopping by and showing us how little of the obvious that you understand.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Hell Dalai

      One thing I need to point out. Atheism deals solely with god or gods, not the supernatural in general. That is in the realm of naturalism.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • catholic engineer

      @HelloDalai "What exactly does any religious leader do? Pretty much just talk. " I once knew a Catholic priest who stood in a pool of blood in an emergency room. He was administering last rites to a woman who was about to die from an auto accident.
      My home diocese sent Fr. Stanley Rother down to Guatemala to take care of a church of indigenous people. During the civil war down there, he refused to leave. He stayed so as to encourage the ordinary people to persevere. He was assassinated.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • shyspitfire

      Nonetheless, Laurence, I'll bet (after reading your riveting diatribe) he could ask the same questions of you. What have you accomplished for mankind that he has not? Something tells me he comes out woefully ahead of you.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  13. Righteo

    So Piers didn't have the courage to start the interview with "Hello Dalai!" A pity.

    I find it a bit sad that the Dalai Lama is apparently going senile. He used to be a very interesting speaker.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Buddha

      In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Righteo

      What anger? The first line is a simple joke that has nothing to do with the reality of the Dalai Lama, and the second line is sadness that he has slipped in his old age.

      Try to read a bit better. And if you are the same "Buddha" who posted a few days ago, you are astoundingly ignorant about Buddhism.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  14. ben jones of nc

    blah blah blah shut up

    April 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  15. William Demuth

    Yes, while Himmler and Heidriech are at the right hand of Jeebus, Christians in good standing!

    April 25, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • Your spelling teacher

      Heydrich. Who is not likely to have repented before dying. Himmler might have, though. He was a devout Catholic up to the point he met Hitler, and could easily have fallen back on his roots at his capture.

      The German word for "heaven" is "himmel." One in heaven is a "himmler." No joke.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I had the wrong guy!

      I googled the spelling and I got the wrong Nazi!

      Yes you are correct I was refering to Reinhard, who was particularly deviant!

      April 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  16. sally

    Great man. But he's going to Hell anyway, right?

    That pesky Jesus thing, and all. He will be playing pinochle in Hades with Gandhi and Buddha.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Nonimus


      I'd better repent now. : )

      April 25, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • GodsPeople

      no no no.. it's bingo.. surrounded by old women who like to jump up and screech like they just won the lottery.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • sally

      No, no! The blue haired ladies are all going to heaven, because they believe in Jesus and Bingo isn't really gambling!

      Sheesh, don't you know anything? 🙂

      April 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • UnB

      It's a social club for disembodied spirits, I hear, yet everyone tends to say things like "burning forever" or trying to answer questions without seeing, hearing, feeling, thinking or vocal abilities due to lack of a physical body.

      Here's a scenario for the Day of Judgment:
      A soul wafts to where it is drawn using higher dimensions where all the gods hide out and read comic books and drink pop and eat peanut butter sandwishes.
      The soul has no direction, but Jesus, another soul, says nothing. No body.
      The other soul also says nothing.

      There are no bodies to speak with, no air, nothing but some hyper-dimension where the equivalent of several thousand H-bombs were used to gather up the dimensional traces of each soul within a 5 million light-year radius of the Earth.

      The souls drift around. Finally someone notices after 43 trillion years and waves a magic wand that also does not exist.
      Poof! The souls now have bodies. Now there's trillions of souls with new bodies that simultaneously start farting all at once.

      the wand is waved again. Poof!
      Now the gods all have bodies and they start doing horrible things to the innocent people who just got reincarnated because that's how they roll.

      Okay, I've completely lost the plot. But you get the idea, right? How am I supposed to remember anything I did while alive if I no longer have any body? Why should I worry about what Adam and Eve supposedly did? So I can be reincarnated in yet another f.ucked up body?
      Why is this a goal for people who have suffered in a body? Are they stupid and insane? Yes.
      they don't know anything else. They don't know any better. They just want to be alive and have a nice life.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • GodPot

      "The blue haired ladies are all going to heaven, because they believe in Jesus and Bingo isn't really gambling!"

      And the Preacher began reading Revelation "When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets." Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them."

      Blue haired old lady in audience shouts "BINGO!!"

      April 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
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