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


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

    time ?

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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

    I like watches too!

  8. 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.

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

    Rosaries? I love rosaries very much. ^^

  10. 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

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16 hours ago
Lama Chopa Puja did at Puja House this morning for Sponsor"s beloved who passed away. By Puja House 3 October 2015
16 hours ago
Puja team making tormas for some puja. By Puja House 3 October 2015
16 hours ago
Prayer did for the sponsor's beloved whom have passed away and today is his 49 days. By Puja House 3 October 2015
16 hours ago
Pastor Yek Yee did prayer for the deceased and placed the ancestor tablet. By Puja House 3 October'15
Met a nice friend and took photo together with Rinpoche's dignified portrait in Kechara House.Alice Tay
2 days ago
Tormas are knead into dough before the shapes are formed. By Puja House 2 October'15
2 days ago
Tormas are ready for tomorrow puja. By Puja House 2 October'15
2 days ago
Thank you for all your support towards the growth of Dharma! KarenC.
2 days ago
Look at how supportive Kecharians were today @Flea market, KFR! Thank u so much! KarenC.
2 days ago
Tea Yap concentrate in making torma to ensure the tormas are symmetrical. By Puja House 2 October'15
2 days ago
The sangha-to-be in Kechara gather once a month for vows recitation. Pastor Adeline
2 days ago
Buddha's delight, often transliterated as Luóhàn zhāi, lo han jai, or lo hon jai, is a vegetarian dish well known in Chinese and Buddhist cuisine. It is sometimes also called Luóhàn cài (simplified Chinese: 罗汉菜; traditional Chinese: 羅漢菜). The dish is traditionally enjoyed by Buddhist monks who are vegetarians, but it has also grown in popularity throughout the world as a common dish available as a vegetarian option in Chinese restaurants. The dish consists of various vegetables and other vegetarian ingredients (sometimes with the addition of seafood or eggs), which are cooked in soy sauce-based liquid with other seasonings until tender. The specific ingredients used vary greatly both inside and outside Asia. Is available at Kechara Oasis.
2 days ago
Kent kok, one of Puja House team member are a multi tasking person, from doing puja to making torma and now maintaining Kechara premises is all done by him. Every job he did with full of focus. By Puja House 2 October'15
2 days ago
我们坚信这一天很快就来临了!! From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
Gyenze Retreat in progress at Kechara (JB). Gyenze helps us overcome our karma of miserliness and bless us to gain spiritual prosperity. From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
Attendees are busy doing set up and make offering to Buddhas before Gyenze Retreat started. From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
When we accept the doctrine of karma, we stop blaming others and start taking responsibility for our own actions. ~H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche From:June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
Death meditation is not morbid, but results in letting go and hence, freedom. Not doing so is morbid and you remain in denial. ~H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
~Dharma is For Everyone~ Religion is just a label. It is the teachings of the religion that help nurture our innate goodness. Therefore I have always encouraged people of different backgrounds to practice their chosen religion with great faith and devotion. I will never try to distract and convert people from their religious teachers to Buddhism because I believe all major religions in the world teach their followers love, peace and compassion...~H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
~Mara Fears Vajra Yogini~ Supreme Lady Vajra Yogini, who only appears solid yet is like a mirage, bless me and may I bring countless beings time and time again and life after life to your blessed domain which is Kechara Paradise. ~Tsem Rinpoche the 25th From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
When you get angry, listen to your words. That is your anger showing you who you really are. ~Tsem Rinpoche the 25th From: June Tang (Khjb)
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When we have fears, we bury them deep within ourselves. But no matter how deep, it’s still there. Better to face it.~Tsem Rinpoche the 25th From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
Don’t give pain for the pain you got. Don’t lie or cheat because it was done to you. Heal by forgiving.~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche 25th From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
Buddhism is not a buffet ! One lama, one centre, one lineage, one practice.~Tsem Tulku Rinpoche 25th From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
Never hurt others no matter how easy of a target they are. Karma comes back!~Tsem Tulku Rinpoche 25th From: June Tang (Khjb)





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