Lady Gaga Interviewed the Dalai Lama: Here Are 6 Things They Talked About
Lady Gaga and the Dalai Lama might seem like an odd pairing, but the duo united for an interview on Facebook Live this weekend. The topic was kindness, a subject that was also the main theme of the Dalai Lama's keynote speech at the Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis earlier in the day.
To be honest, kindness is certainly a topic we should be talking about more after two weeks of headlines about a rape case at Stanford, an LGBT-targeted shooting in Orlando and the xenophobia-driven votes behind Brexit.
For the interview, Gaga sourced questions from people on social media to ask the Dalai Lama. No surprise, the spiritual leader had some serious wisdom to share. Here are six of the best things we learned from their conversation:
1. On coming together
"We are social animals, so individuals' futures entirely depends just on the community...the reality of today's world is heavily interdependent, interconnectedness, so we need a sense of oneness or humanity."
2. On where violence comes from
"Violence comes from thinking of things as 'we' and 'they,' the Dalai Lama said. "And then shortsightedness and...lack of compassion. Then, you kill or destroy your enemy, that's your victory. Actually, enemy is a human being, so that's part of our humanity."
3. On how to move forward
"Now the time [has] come [when] we have to pay more attention to our inner values and should know the method or the right approach to understanding our inner value."
4. On meditation
The Dalai Lama recommends single-pointed meditation, where you focus in on one thing to achieve clarity, or analytical meditation, where you zoom in to analyze causes. (He mentions suffering, but it could just be your bad day at work.) Meditation comes from religious texts, he says, but it's applicable to everyone's daily life because although your problem might still exist afterward, it sets you up with a good mindset to deal with it a bit more clearly (and happily).
5. On coping with these "inflammatory times," as Gaga describes them
"We all have the potential for warm-heartedness. It's the foundation of human survival, including our health. More healthy minds, more healthy body. In that respect I can tell you, according to my own experience, my age...and my life went through a lot of problems and a lot of causes for anxiety or fear or anger, but my mind? Always calm."
6. On how to approach the bad stuff
"Once [a] tragic situation happens, not avoid — [but] look at more deeply, widely. Many positive, happy things are there if you look [from a] wider perspective. If you look real closely, it appears unbearable. But if you look widely, [you see] other positive things there."
It's not the first time Gaga has taken to a public platform to encourage people to connect with each other: She gave a powerful tribute after the Orlando shooting. If she has her way, the world won't be going to hell in a hand basket any time soon—and her words are a good reminder to try to be just a little kinder every day.
Watch the full 20-minute chat here:
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