If You Have to Explain It, It’s Not Funny: What the Dalai Lama Can Teach Us About Jokes
Posted: Wed 06/15/2011 01:50 PM | By: Ruth Baron

Imagine someone tells you a joke—in two separate languages—and not only do you not get it, but it seems like maybe you’re the butt of it. It’s an age-old problem, and last week it happened to the Dalai Lama on Australian TV.

Once again, His Holiness the Dalai Lama shows an uncanny knack for handling an uncomfortable situation. His response: Laughter always helps. It’s a graceful demonstration of compassion for the journalist who looks desperate for a time machine, and it helps us forget that we’ve just heard a groan-worthy punch line. It made us remember what the Dalai Lama once told Oprah: “I don’t take myself too seriously! That makes me happy.” Today it makes us happy too. (via The Hairpin)


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