The Dalai Lama Just Loves Watches

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Published: Saturday July 17, 2010 MYT 5:44:00 PM

The Dalai Lama just loves watches

DHARAMSALA: The Dalai Lama's commitment to the Tibetan cause can only be described as timeless. So, is the 75-year-old spiritual leader's penchant for watches.

When he was seven, the Dalai Lama received his first watch a gold Rolex – from none other than former United States president Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Roosevelt sent the gift to the Dalai Lama in 1942, as a symbol of gesture to secure relations with Tibet.

"I just like watches. I have 15 watches now, they are mostly gifts. My first watch was given to me by President (Franklin) Roosevelt.

"I like watches, I don't know why. Maybe, because I am a reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama.

"I was told (that) he was fond of pocket-watches, rosaries and horses, but I am afraid of horses," he burst out laughing, in his regular banter during an interview at his headquarters in Dharamsala, the power-base of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile.

Perhaps, the most interviewed and photographed monk, often draped in his usual maroon and orange robes, he leads a monastic life with his staunch followers in the main temple of McLeod Ganj in Dharamsala.

He considers himself a Marxist.

The Dalai Lama was born Tenzin Gyatso in northeast of Tibet to a peasant family and is believed to be the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.

He fled to India in 1959, when Chinese troops entered Tibet's capital, Lhasa, to quell a national uprising, and he ended up in Dharamsala, northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

Eventually, Dharamsala became home for the exiled spiritual leader and thousands of escaping Tibetans over the past 50 years from where he champions the Tibetan cause. Bernama

from: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/7/17/nation/20100717175043&sec=nation

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13 Responses to The Dalai Lama Just Loves Watches

  1. Ethan Chu on Jul 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    This is interesting… Never occur to me that H.H Dalai Lama is into collection of watches. From young, I always think that men who are into watches are always well aware of time, always discipline, and cherish life a lot because they understand time is precious. I don’t know if it is relevant, I just have a feeling that they should be… hehe…
    Many also strive to get that big heavy valuable rolex but not all is capable of keeping track of time, hence lack of discipline result in lateness if worse, it is just a show off…
    Knowing the value of one is far more important than wanting one… Time is precious.
    Knowing the value of time since young is precious… I guess that is the reason why H.H Dalai Lama received his first rolex at such young age while I was still playing He-man and She-ra!

    • andrw hibberd on Oct 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm

      is time a slave to you or you to it, or is it bigger ?
      is it important what some human on earth owns or does not own and which one is bigger , is big best ? only you have the answers for us all

  2. Maggie Chang on Jul 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Rosaries? I love rosaries very much. ^^

  3. Andrew James Boon on Jul 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Interesting insight Ethan! Life indeed is precious as the moment we are born we are one minute closer to the time we die. Such is the intrinsic perception of time and hence we should all get off our rear ends and do something with our lives. And how better a way than a Dharmic way.
    Now if I could just find some solvent for the super glue that is on MY rear end! hehehe!
    To add, I love that the star onine is publishing articles of such nature as it brings Buddhism into a more realistic nature and not one of a long forgotten “religion” in the mountains. Gives it indirect relevance and which will spark interest and intrigue which is important in this day and age.

  4. Ls-sa on Jul 20, 2010 at 2:28 am

    I like watches too!

  5. Mark on Jul 21, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I like watches. Vacheron Constantin, most expensive, precise and beautiful.

    • andrew hibberd on Oct 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm

      is not everyone involved in the watch industry important, i wonder where all the components and inspiration came from for such and intiguing device , my self when the sun comes up i gotta work when it goes down i gotta eat and in between that the longer i can stay awake the better

  6. Replica Watches on Jul 24, 2010 at 9:43 am

    The most interviewed and photographed monk, often draped in his usual maroon and orange robes, he leads a monastic life with his staunch followers in the main temple.

  7. ngeowchin on Aug 10, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Time is a useful measurement of change and growth as well as to help remind us what to do next. In the scriptures, it is said that we are all time travellers. We are the products of our past lives. How we live now will prepare us for our future lives.Ethan, Andrew, time is indeed precious in the context of our present situation – being born in this world with excellent conditions to attain the highest possible state of being – a Buddha.Time goes on forever, but the excellent conditions for us to practice now, may not come again.

  8. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 15, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    His Holiness the Dalai lama,
    has done so much for the elevation of Buddhism all over the developed world. through his talks , through his works , through his books, his work made it much easier for many buddhist traditions to establish themselves all over the world. I rejoice in this great master. May he live long and come back over and over again to turn the wheel of dharma for migrators blinded by their delusions.

    • andrew hibberd on Oct 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm

      is this not inevitable is there a rule that will not allow this grace return ? dear teacher

  9. Anila on Sep 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    The first watch given to the Dalal Lama was President (Franklin) Roosevelt. Maybe the President is trying to tell Dalal Lama that time will not stop. Incarnation will go on and on like time. I have a relative who likes to keep clocks instead of watches. Actually there is no difference between a clock or watch as both show the time also. This relative like Dalal Lama collects her clocks from as young as 10 years old. She collects small little clocks which then increase into Big Ben clocks when she grew older. And now she is a grand mother she is still collecting clocks filling every part of her house. She takes the trouble to wind up all the clocks. And when the clocks chime the whole house will be full of chimes of different clocks. She loves to listen to the chimes but her children loathes it and will have to tolerate. Maybe it is the habit from past life for the grandmother.

  10. andrew hibberd on Oct 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    time ?

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Happy Faces of Penang Study Group attending Setrap Puja for dedication of long life of our Guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. There is a new member joining us today, her name is Neswari. She is wife of one of our members. It is great to see a couple joining puja and learn Dharma together. - Soon Huat
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We should value our enemies because they provide us with unique opportunities to practice patience, tolerance and forbearance.~H.H.Dalai Lama_Hee TS
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All roads in samsara lead to a dead end, seek the dharma path. ~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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