September 23, 2009

Buddhist leader expunges inner violence with video games


by David Masters

A Buddhist leader has endorsed computer games as a way to release feelings of aggression.

Trinley Dorje, the Karmapa Lama, said he likes to expunge his inner violence with a session on his PlayStation.

“The aggression that comes out in the video game satiates whatever desire I might have to express that feeling,” Dorje said in an interview with Times of India.

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

Playing video games is “something of an emotional therapy, a relief, a kind of decompression,” the 24-year-old claimed.

“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.”

The Karmapa Lama said he also likes to listen to hip-hop “from time to time”.

“I do enjoy listening to hip-hop because it has a very modern sound to it and even though I’m a Tibetan teacher representing these ancient teachings, I’m also a global citizen in the 21st century.

“Hip-hop perhaps is one way of me being a 21st-century person.”

The Karmapa Lama is the only senior Buddhist leader to be recognised by China, Tibet, and India.

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