Dalai Lama: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Tibetan Buddhists have suffered deep persecution by the Chinese government. John Oliver sits down with the Dalai Lama to discuss China, the conditions in Tibet, and horse milk.

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Author YukoValis Sword ( ago)
The Dalai Lama is the old person I hope to grow up to be like. Funny, strong, and a little crazy in the head. : )

Author Ivan Yanchev ( ago)
I for one think he's kinda full of shit.

Author pipiyolin ( ago)
I didn't watch the video because I don't like the Dalai Lama very much, so I don't know if something of this is mentioned: That man is no Dalai Lama...and there is only one argument needed to prove that... The Dalai Lama is supposed to be the encarnation of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion, he has chosen to stay in Samsara until the day everyone is free of suffering. The thing is even if he is in Samsara he does not suffer, since he has no bad karma anymore. It's like getting in a pool without getting wet. That is at least the Buddhist belief...ok...he prohibited the worship of another Bodhisattva, Dorje Shugden, with the argument that Shugden was a demon that wanted to hurt him, and nobody should worship the demon because it empowered him, and could kill the Dalai Lama. You see what I'm saying?... next thing gelugpas (the Buddhist branch that recognizes the Dalai Lama as it's spiritua master) started attacking every Dorje Shugden worshipper...why? a lot of people think it was for religious control, since he is only the main master in one of the five branches of buddhism in Tibet and he has already the political power (a totalitarian power by the way) so he is looking to go beyond Tibet. Tibet is doomed already, his kingdom is gone, so he is trying to be (and he has achived that in many ways) the head of all the Tibetan buddhist branches...He has a list of Tibet enemys (spiritual masters) that can´t be near India, China or Tibet because they can get killed... There is a movement that tries to show that the Dali Lama is just a politician, nothing more... it's called Wetern Shugden Society...

Author Mai Makua ( ago)
I'm Chinese and I hate the Chinese government 💆🏻🙅🏻🇨🇳🔥

Author Ad Day ( ago)
Wish he would stick to stuff like this that is actually insightful and fun, rather than criticizing Trump and pretending to not understand Republicans.

Author jingnan cao ( ago)
Dalai is of course wise and knowledgeable, a good rep of Tibetan buddhism. Yet it's also true China won't allow him for the act of Tibetan independence. Plz go through the history, Tibetan area is part of china for a very long time, and the violent invasion to Tibet in contemporary history was done by westerners actually. There're many conflicts between Tibetan and the party government, yet things are getting better. So don't treat chinese party as ridiculous or mind-lost, some principles are really not negotiable.

Author MrQwerty4242 ( ago)
John Oliver is my new Dalai Lama.

Author kcwin ( ago)
The problem of being an American puppet is the loss of credibility.

Author Nammy Pants ( ago)
Is there anything more delightful than watching the Dalai Lama laugh?

Author Sharkbait1203 ( ago)
Man I wish I was friends with the Dalai Lama

Author Fabian Hamilton ( ago)
All Americans... Goes to new york...

Author Cameron Hudson ( ago)
Haha this guy is like Yoda.

Author Rain Cai ( ago)
so what?

Author Buda Ivan Mandura ( ago)
Well, I must say, I am quite disappointed with Dalai Lama.

He did not strike me as particularly intelligent, nor peaceful. He made several very undiplomatic remarks towards Chinese government and irritatingly vague cliché 'love' comments. His reasoning about self-mutilating monks is either hypocritical (he actually supports it), or remarkably shallow (for self proclaimed intelligent man).

Maybe Chinese communist truly saved that little boy from this religious nuts, but chances are they just killed him.

Author Peng Yuzhou ( ago)
Love watching John Oliver's show, but not this one. I was born and raised in a region close to Tibet. I has a lot of friends from Tibet and traveled there for couple of times. What it claims in this video about Tibet is not true, but PREJUDICE from western world. Political reasons are obvious behind these attempts of accusing China for its human right condition. Those who have doubts about Tibet's condition can visit there by yourselves : )

Author cchdz ( ago)
Dalai Lama seems like such a chill guy

Author smurfyday ( ago)
While China has done wrong, I fail to see how Dalai Lama and the fake reincarnation myth are beautiful. There's not a single decent country where the political leader is the religious leader. and the Dalai Lama didn't realize that until well into the 21st century. And the whole reason we have so many conflicts and wars in the world right now, is because people make stuff up about whose god is legit.

Author On the Path To a Path ( ago)
china leadership look terrible - is this really happening?

Author MrHousecup ( ago)
The Dalai Lama has a great sense of humor!

Author IAN Dubz ( ago)
it seems as if positivity just radiates from him but there is no objective way to measure it, can we start a petition to get a brain scan of the dali llama before he dies?

Author tulle&chocolategnoche ( ago)
I'm Mongolian, and while I'm not a devout Buddhist, majority of Mongolians (as well as my mom) regard the Dalia Lama reverently while also holding the belief that Tibetans in general are cousins to us. Perhaps that's not genetically correct, but many do believe it, such that before the Chinese takeover, many used to visit Tibet on pilgrimages.

That said, for years (at least my entire life and I was born in 1993), my family, other Mongolians, and followers of Tibetan Buddhism have derided the Chinese government for the kidnap of the Panchen Lama. And it seemed like no one outside of these groups knew or even cared enough about Chinese aggression to say anything. The Chinese government says Tibet is a region of China (similar to how they mentioned that Mongolia--Outer Mongolia--is a minority region of China which is false beyond belief). I've been frustrated whenever I think about this issue because it seems that the PRC only leads to destruction/pain/suffering/and historical erasure of the culture of the surrounding peoples. I wish this would resolve peacefully, but I know it won't.

On a lighter note, the horse milk that the Dalai Lama is referring to is called airag, and it is fermented mare's milk with an alcoholic content probably equal to or less than the typical American beer. To put it into perspective, kids drink it without a problem, however copious quantities (>1L) will get you slightly drunk, give you the runs if you're not used to, and you'll have gas like crazy. It tastes quite nice, like a tangy kefir, but not sweet and slightly thinner. Anyways, it's probably loads healthier for you than vodka since it has a ton of nutrients like calcium, proteins, etc.

Author RachieRach TheFabulous ( ago)
Correct me if this is disrespectful, but His Holiness seems so sweet and nice.

Author Yan Tse ( ago)
they see horns on the Dalai Lama's head...... so the Chinese government is constantly high on LSD

Author Parikshit Bhujbal ( ago)
Hitler annexed one country after another breaking the treaty of Versailles several times yet the allies did nothing, China annexed Tibet and has committed more human rights violations than any other country yet no one does anything, History repeats itself.

Author simzark ( ago)
Horse milk tastes like shit. It's sharp and tangy and just not right at all.... camel milk is much better.

Author Duke ( ago)
Call me Crazy, John, but I think the Dalai Lama enjoyed meeting with you. It was nice to see the two of you joking around and having a good time.

Author abschussrampe ( ago)
Mr. Dalai Lama, learn from us peaceful Christians and call *DEUS VULT ON THEIR FILTHY CHINESE ASSES*

Author Mainland Hunter ( ago)
dalai lama is such a pure spirit! 😊

Author JVIPER88 ( ago)
When the Dalai Lama shits, it still stinks. Let's not forget that.

The Lamaist Buddhist monks were the top of the pyramid in a Tibetan caste system. The majority of the population were poor farmers, with a small "upper echelon" of rich business owners, with the monks in control, sitting at the top.

Now, this doesn't give China an excuse to oppress people, but... as a Communist movement, you can understand why they would want to eliminate a religious feudal caste system on their doorstep. I would hope that if Tibet were to gain independence at this point, that they would not revert to such a system.

Author Mr. Savage ( ago)
Hmmm, meet Dalai Lama or go to china? I'm taking the monk, thanks


Author DEEPAYAN KUNDU ( ago)
fuck china

Author X Guillaume ( ago)
To John Oliver and follower of this interview, which country today could allow Dalai Lama and Tibet under his leadership exist today? UK or USA??????????
BTW, he was biggest slave master before 1949, how US & UK evaluate Tibet's human right if he still is leader of Tibet?

Author Surya Prakash ( ago)
@jOHN , Awesome interview buddy.. TBH Dalai Lama has better sense of Humor than you ;)

Author Ahlam Nuur ( ago)
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Author thompsonfj1 ( ago)
Just saying... I would watch this sitcom.

"HE's the leader of a major world religion. HE's a cranky Brit. They're BOTH looking good in some sweet eye wear..."

They could be roommates. It would be the best.

Author FPSGamer48 ( ago)
He seems like such a kind and enjoyable man. Even in the literal WORST situation he could be in aside from being arrested by China, he can still laugh and make jokes

Author DPOH Productions ( ago)
Remember that Tibet was a theocratic monarchy before

Author Lucas van Berge Henegouwen ( ago)
The Dalai Lama is revered but stands for an authoritarian theocracy. Before he was driven off by the Chinese, Tibetans had zero rights, zero property, zero liberties. He sounds like a peaceful and kind man but what he stands for is evil in its purest form.
I'm no fan of the Chinese but a 'free Tibet' would be free in no way at all. People would once again be shackled in service of the ruling monk-class.

Author Yolanda Huang ( ago)

Author István Nagy ( ago)
So kind, so wise, so mindful

Author faerytree ( ago)
the Dalai Lama is so adorable

Author Victoria Edge ( ago)
love Dalai Lama.. a truly good soul

Author AR Godara ( ago)
Thank you John Oliver for this.

Author LuminaryPrism75 ( ago)
He's one of those chill old people isn't he?

Author Tsukiyo ( ago)
This epsiode not available in Hong Kong even though I paid for HBO. Have to watch this here... Hong Kong is doomed

Author Steven Feucht ( ago)
Thank you, Mr Oliver, for lessening the hardship of this gorgeous personality for a moment. Btw, I love your sense of humour.

Author Laurinda Pierre ( ago)
Let's talk about a lighter subject DEATH.

Author Mossy48 ( ago)
there are many different types of yoga. the exercise is only one type.

Author loopie ( ago)
John Oliver is my spirit animal

Author apaneagra ( ago)
Can anybody recommend any good documentaries about Tibet?

Author Honolulu Aunty ( ago)
He is so charming. How wonderful to hear him laugh.

Author Pine Joi ( ago)
Dalai Lama looks like a jerk. I'm waiting for the next Dalai Lama who can promote harmony.

Author 沈洪 ( ago)
Ignorant ! First,We didn't INVADE Tibet, Tibet is part of our territory, part of our family,we just took back what had been taken, at least try to learn the complete history of China.second, What kind of leader is he, he colluded with Falun Gong cult tried to destroy the2008 Beijing Olympic with 16000 people they gathered, he and the cult brainwashed them innocent people, asked them to burn themselves in order to tear our country apart and get those god damn political capitals,just another twisted psychopath who is willing to kill innocent people in any possible ways without blood in his hand to get what he wants, you call him a spiritual leader? Yeah ,by turning his own people into spirit . BTW, One episode is not enough to introduce your "spiritual leader", and try to learn more before you talk.

Author gufcfan ( ago)
> A man so enlightened he's basically the original woke bae

Criminally underappreciated line. Give that writer a raise.

Author Time for Fun ( ago)
I wonder how much they had to pay the Dalai Lama for an interview.

Author NothingXMuch101 ( ago)
Is it just me or this story is pretty similar to the plot of Avatar the Last Air Bender?? with the whole reincarnated notion? and China (fire nation) wanting to stop this... huh?? coincidence? I think not!

Author Judicial78 ( ago)
We should have let China starve/bleed out decades ago when we had the chance. Sure, the west may not be as rich as it is today, but it would also not have created such a vicious beast in the east. The Chinese people are generally timid, and have been brainwashed for generations. Unless the Chinese people overthrow their regime the brutality will only continue and get exponentially worse.

Author Aaron Bruce ( ago)
I couldn't help smiling every time I saw the Dalai Lama's face. He is just such a wonderful person.

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Author DownhillMC ( ago)
17:03 absolutely genious

Author Caodiao Youtuber ( ago)
this Dalai lama said he'd be the last one. if he was truly caring about his followers and know how powerful his words are to them, why made such an autocratic and hurtful decision? Or he was just willing to do anything to discredit chinese government just the way chinese gov does to him

Author Melissa Standley ( ago)
I think I finally understand. Common sense

Author Arinjoy Basak ( ago)
Just got a new respect for this man, John Oliver - the right blend of humour, seriousness, and reverence...

Author Compasion and Wisdom ( ago)
@ the great jack of clubs:

Its funny the Dalai Lama actually supported China in their choice of the 17th Karmapa, the leader of the Kagyu school of Tibet. And some Tibetans nominated another non Chinese one. He will be the victim of his meddeling in others affairs. Karma is a Bi$%@, and even high lamas are sometimes effected by it!

Author Caodiao Youtuber ( ago)
Dalai-lama this word is not even Tibetan, it comes from mongolian, why? because this godly title was vested by the emperor of Qing dynasty (Qing dynasty 's official languages were Man, mongolian and mandarin). I cant believe westerners believe china invaded tibet in 1950s, wtf? Tibet has been a part of China since 500yr ago, why else the Tibetan religion leaders were willing to take whatever the Qing emperor gave them? Use your human brain properly. it's just as absurd as saying China invaded shanghai in 1949.

Author Earl Larrabee ( ago)
The Dali Lama has a sense of humor!

Author KeemRat ( ago)
Every time the Dalai Lama laughs someone with cancer gets cured.

Author Shivam Chanana ( ago)
He has the most contagious laugh ever!!

Author RhoDaZZ ( ago)
Nationalism for them, but not for us evil white people.

Get your positions sorted out.

Author JackSuer ( ago)
Libertards naive propaganda again.

Author zz q ( ago)
Such a cliche trendy thing to do. now Mr.Oliver joined the club of other well known public figures who was honored by the presence of dalai lama. now Mr.Oliver is somebody now huh? Got upgraded. He's now more than a talk show host. congratulations. All these praise and talk, which is all cliche and old hat, about Dalai Lama was just to in the end, lead to this little clip of him sitting next to dalai lama, gifting him a watch like a former president did. That made John Oliver somebody. He becomes the person that he himself ridiculed in the same episode. Look at his silly face in awe, does he think he's different from Lady Gaga who talked about yoga with dalai lama in Indianapolis?

Author Kazenshi ( ago)
Man, I cannot get a read on that guy. Is he angry or peeved at all? Does he even get peeved? He's truly something else.

Author I Muggs ( ago)
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Author Aditi Tallu ( ago)
Hey! you were in India! The Dharamshala city is a bliss. Thinking about Dharamshala and Dalai Lama makes me proud as an Indian. Dalai Lama has become an important part of Indian strength too.

Author Astoria Jellett ( ago)
Last Week Tonight staff - is there a reason you did not use the word GENOCIDE to identify what the Chinese have been doing to Tibetans? Is there also a reason why you did not address the fact that the UN, despite being petitioned and picketed about it consistently, fails to do anything about it because of China's council position? So essentially, UN member states seem to be excepted from International Humanitarian Law (as is the US with Gitmo)? I would love to see a critical episode on the UN sometime, but more than anything I'd appreciate it if you called genocide out when you do an episode on it.

Author zachwolfe239 ( ago)
His laugh could heal wounds.

Author Zachary Adaes ( ago)
I don't regret watching this.

Author Abhinav Singh ( ago)
Could you please make a video for S. Arabia specially house of Saud and human rights situation there?
People know a bit but ofcourse your performace would be a different story.

Author Jared Howard ( ago)
Help fund my study abroad program so I can learn to speak German proficiently if Trump orders martial law. I'll have the option to leave lol. As a fellow fan of Jon Oliver, either a share or donation would be great. Here's the link:

Author Edward Liu ( ago)
Why so many downvotes?

Author Debbie Price ( ago)
This made me so happy and so sad at the same time.

Author Dear Leader ( ago)
I'm curious to see what's gonna happen once this silly old buffer bites the dust :D

Author Stephen Carboni ( ago)
Dalai Lama is savage.

Author Nashdat Khaled ( ago)
This video deserves YouTube inventing the double-like button.

Author andy andy ( ago)
When is Buddhism about politics

Author andy andy ( ago)
Lie and fake

Author america ( ago)
Woah, he's so chill :)

Author Yugandhar Retharekar ( ago)
This is literally THE best show I've ever watched. No question.

Author MickyTheBoot ( ago)
is the horse milk not fermented. i thought that was something i came across when reading about the Mongols.

Author Alex Smith ( ago)
Five thousand chinky disliked.... 😊

Author Jesus Christ ( ago)
It's a quantifiable reality that the CCP has done more to help the Tibetan people than the Dalai Lama ever has.

Author Josue Giovanni Gonzalez ( ago)
WOW!!!!!! Inspiring, funny, humbling...that was great!

Author SalJM ( ago)
Does nobody want to talk about the atrocities committed by the ruling class of Tibet, when they had power?

The Tibettan Buddhist Priest class treated the poor terribly, even executing and torturing dissenters.

I'm not stating anything about the way China treats them, but the situation was not happy and carefree as some people like to imagine.

Author Shuai Ni ( ago)
Even I still think Tibet was part of china from long ago but Dalia Lama is so cute haha

Author m0rtred ( ago)
John f****** Oliver. You crazy **** ... Did it again :DD amazing

Author Charlie Margot- James ( ago)
These 2 men have just kept me from killing myself. I never knew how horrible these conditions were and now I need to live so I can help them out and see how this turns out. The Dalai Lama and John Oliver both are such amazing people working for such amazing causes and they are my inspiration. I love you both with my whole heart and please keep up the absolutely incredible work.❤❤❤

Author sleePerCore ( ago)
The Dalai Lama is such a great soul. He's everything you would expect him to be.

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