After speaking at the 84th annual Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis on Sunday, Lady Gaga sat down with the Dalai Lama of Tibet to talk about the power of kindness, confronting addiction, mental health and suicide and asking the Dalai Lama what can be done. and how to make the world a more compassionate place.
Lady Gaga fielded a number of questions from social media. On the very first question, The Dalai Lama criticized “society’s way of life” and a “lack of compassion” in the world: “I feel it’s too much materialistic life — materialistic culture.”
“When you show more sense of concern of others’ well-being, then you also get the feeling, ‘Oh, I am something useful to others,'” the Dalai Lama said.
But it’s not all gloom and doom. Dalai Lama is hopeful about the future, which rests on the shoulders of the young, he says. “Past is nobody can change. Future, yet to come. So there is possibility [of] change. [The] younger generation have to create more healthy environment,” he proposed.
In light of the Orlando massacre, Gaga and the Dalai Lama touched upon finding glimmers of hope in the face of loss, violence and tragedy. “Once [a] tragic situation happens, not avoid — look at more deeply, widely,” the Dalai Lama said. “Many positive, happy things are there if you look [from a] wider perspective. If you look real closely, it appears unbearable. But if you look widely, [you can see] other positive things there.”
Watch it below.
Not everone is happy with Gagaloo for having this conversation.