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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  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
    Description
    3 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    6 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
    6 months ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    7 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    9 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    9 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    9 months ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    1 years ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    1 years ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    2 yearss ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    2 yearss ago

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Forgive those who trespass because we are not perfect ourselves.~H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche _Hee TS
3 hours ago
Healing starts with our attitude.~H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche _Hee TS
3 hours ago
Being spiritual is a state of mind encompassing great compassion. ~H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche _Hee TS
3 hours ago
Kechara Penang Study Group has completed this week Setrap puja and have 1 hour blog discussion on blog article, " You and Imprint..How to break bad habitations". The participants were so excited, hence, there was a lot of discussion involved. - Soon Huat
21 hours ago
轉個念,海阔天空。
23 hours ago
Safe are we from ourselves when we avoid the truth? Definitely not. ~H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche _Hee TS
yesterday
May all those drowning in delusion reach the further shore._From FB_Hee TS
yesterday
Think of one person in your life who always takes care of you, gives you gifts and is kind to you. What have you done for them recently? (Sourced from 108 ways to grab my APPLES from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, conceptualised by Sharon Saw)_PB
yesterday
Eating animals is not our “GOD GIVEN RIGHT”, but being kind to them is. (Sourced from 108 ways to grab my APPLES from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, conceptualised by Sharon Saw)_PB
yesterday
Caring is really hard, but not caring is MUCH HARDER. (Sourced from 108 ways to grab my APPLES from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, conceptualised by Sharon Saw)_PB
yesterday
Leaving for Kuala Lumpur as tour ends after lunch.Join us next month for another wonderful tour to Kechara Forest Retreat.Thank You. Lucy Yap
yesterday
During our Kechara Ipoh Study Group recycling activities in Ipoh Garden today, one of our friends was listening with interest about the introduction of Kechara and Buddha's teachings. Kin Hoe
yesterday
Lunch time at Dukkar Apartments. The self-service kitchen at DA caters for the residents and guests alike. Lucy Yap
yesterday
They were briefed on the communal living with a unique twist, aimed at fostering mindfulness, civic conscious and awareness for others and their needs at Dukkar Apartments. Lucy Yap
yesterday
A visit to the historical Iconic tree with it's significance as explained by Pastor Adeline. To know more, join our next day tour to Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
yesterday
Watching a video on H.E.Tsem Rinpoche at Souvenir shop, the shop is well stocked with Dharma items for visitors to invite home,Tibetan inspired trinkets or a keepsake of their visit. Lucy Yap
yesterday
Our new visitors Mr. Fon and Ms. Kar Wei had volunteered their time and energies to help us segregating the recycle items today during our monthly recycling activities at Ipoh Garden, Perak Malaysia. Kin Hoe
yesterday
Today Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed our monthly recycling activities in Ipoh Garden, Perak Malaysia. May all who have contributed to our recycling activities with their items, time and energies be blessed by the 3 Jewels always with happiness and blessings. Kin Hoe
yesterday
They offered candles and say prayers to 8foot outdoor stone statue of Lama Tsongkapa at Wisdom Hall. Very nice group picture here. Lucy Yap
yesterday
Meditation session with Pastor Adeline at Wisdom Hall. Lucy Yap
yesterday
At Wisdom Hall, they offered khata to Rinpoche's throne, where a 13foot indoor statue of Shakyamuni,the founder of Buddhism sat majestically to bless everyone in sight. Lucy Yap
yesterday
Participants were delighted to see the various furry,feathered friends and the large flock of rescued birds and a pair of tortoises at the aviary at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
yesterday
They were guided to Manjushri Hill, situated on a hilltop. It is named after 4 armed Manjushri, a majestic stone statue that looks over the entire valley.It is truly an amazing and spectacular sight! They were shared the importance of chanting mantras by Pastor Adeline. Lucy Yap
yesterday
Be not frightened of dharma but samsara.~H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche _Hee TS
yesterday
Interesting visit to the organic farm where Pastor Chia shared the benefits of herb plants.Visitors are invited to embrace and live with harmony with nature with breathtaking abundance of our earth through green programmes held all year round. Lucy Yap
yesterday

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