Games stop Buddhist Lama hitting people “over the head”

Monday, 21 September 2009 18:23 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Karmapa Lama Trinley Dorje, the only Buddhist leader recognised by the Chinese, plays violent games “on his PlayStation” to stop him twatting people in real life. Seriously.

“The aggression that comes out in the video game satiates whatever desire I might have to express that feeling,” he told The Times of India.

“For me, that’s very skilful because when I do that I don’t have to go and hit anyone over the head.”

Amazing. Further, games for Mr Lama are an alternative for visiting a shrink. Is there nothing games can’t do?

“I view video games as something of an emotional therapy, a mundane level of emotional therapy for me,” Dorje added.

“We all have emotions whether we’re Buddhist practitioners or not, all of us have emotions, happy emotions, sad emotions, displeased emotions and we need to figure out a way to deal with them when they arise.”

Get playing some really grotty games right now. They’re awesome. Buddha said so.