Dalai Lama: “This Amount of Mindfulness Content Is Insane.”
NEW DELHI, 22 MAY, 2020 (Reuters) — The 14th Dalai Lama has publicly declared that the world currently faces an excessive amount of mindfulness content.
“In meditation, there is no need for temples or complicated philosophy,” said His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso. “Nor is there any need for the actor who plays Thor to lead us in meditation practice.”
The Dalai Lama has previously taken strong positions on issues such as abortion, animal welfare, sexuality and women’s rights. However, this is the first time he has directly commented on digital content.
“If you wish to experience peace,” His Holiness said, “you will avoid nonsense like Disney’s ‘Zenimation.’ Animated princesses are not part of any known path to enlightenment.”
In April 2013, the Dalai Lama openly criticised Buddhist monks’ attacks on Muslims in Myanmar. The world’s current oversupply of mindfulness courses, he feels, represents a new kind of threat.
“At some point it just becomes ridiculous,” His Holiness explained. “Love and compassion are necessities, but a meditation course led by P. Diddy most certainly is not.”
Rumors that the Dalai Lama has been streaming P. Diddy’s meditation course himself remain unconfirmed. This story will be updated as new data emerges.