The 37-year-old comedian had Tibet’s celibate spiritual leader in fits of giggles as they made an unlikely double-act in front of 11,000 people. At one point, the 76-year-old Buddhist monk wagged his finger at the actor and then playfully tugged his beard. Brand bragged how he had won Shagger of the Year award thrice. “Some of you might be surprised to see me here. I’ve gone from being Shagger of the Year three times to introducing the Dalai Lama.”
“It has certainly been an interesting journey. The Dalai Lama told me ‘We are all just people’ and I’ve taken that on board as I was very nervous meeting him’,” Brand said. The Nobel Peace Prize winner couldn’t help laughing at Brand’s humour. “Some people told me before to listen to this strange person’s explanations,” Dalai Lama said.
“I was surprised but I think your openness is wonderful,” he said. Brand introduced the Dalai Lama’s address entitled Century Of Dialogue - Stand Up and Be the Change. Dalai Lama’s tour aims to spread his teachings of peace and understanding to youngsters. Brand described the Dalai Lama as “intense and sort of mellow, which is what you expect of someone who meditates five times a day.”
The Dalai Lama will also be addressing young audiences at the University of Westminster, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Edinburgh Usher Hall, Caird Hall in Dundee and the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness during his 10-day tour of Britain. He will meet Tibetans, Nepalese and Mongolian Buddhist communities, religious leaders and parliamentarians at Westminster and Holyrood.