Ken’s moment of Zen: How the Dalai Lama played with my head

In journalism, you tell stories. Sometimes you become one. Friday at UC San Diego, wife Chris and I were covering His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the M80 Tibetan Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize winner. He arrived for a press conference and started shaking hands with reporters in the front row. Since Chris and I had gotten up at 4:45 a.m. to have a shot at good seats, I was ready for a hearty grasp. Instead he asked my permission to touch my bald spot — similar to his own. The rest is Minor Media History. I posted photos, video and this first-person report at Times of San Diego. Bon appetit.

The Dalai Lama moves to trace a circle in my scalp — for sake of fun and frolic. Photo by Chris Stone

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June 16, 2017

4 Responses

  1. Craig Simmons - June 17, 2017

    Hello Dali, well hello Dali. It’s so nice to have you back where you bald on.
    You’re lookin swell baldy, I can tell baldy, you’re still glowin’ you’re still baldin’ you’re still goin’ strong.
    Dali never go away, Dali never go away again.

  2. Craig Simmons - June 17, 2017

    Oops, didn’t intend to misspell Dalai. Must of had Salvador Dali on my mind. Sorry about that. Well, you have to admit it must have been a surreal experience.

  3. ventsi - June 18, 2017

    It’s almost like a Christening ritual (well, Dalai Lama is a Buddhist, not a Christian). But it’s some kind of blessing.
    Just one example that being bald has many advantages.

  4. Quick Silver - June 18, 2017

    He’s a Buddhist, but a yellow hat, not a zen Buddhist.

    Quick Silver
    Hong Kong

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