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Dalai Lama on the Recession: See, Money Can't Buy You Love

April 27, 2009

By Carey
April 25 2009

Is the recession making you sad? Then go hug a
friend because your money doesn't care and can't
make you happy, the Dalai Lama reminded us
yesterday. The exiled Tibetan leader said that if
nothing else, the economic crisis is doing an
excellent job showing people the limit of money.

"Therefore, this crisis is good because it
reminds people who only want to see money grow
and grow that there are limitations. It's
unrealistic to always expect grow, grow, grow,
grow," the 74-year-old spiritual leader said at a
news conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The head of Tibet's exiled government, who
delivered two public lectures that sold out
within two hours, blamed the worldwide financial
crisis on "too much greed, and lies and hypocrisy."

The Dalai Lama's prescription for peace of mind
and happiness includes connecting with friends
and family, and balancing the chase for material
wealth with something more fulfilling; a healthy dose of meditation, perhaps?
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