On October 5th, 1989, the Nobel Peace-Prize winner was announced — his holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet.
That very night, I held a ticket to attend a lecture at UC Irvine, a lecture to be delivered by — his holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet.
During his talk, in response to an audience question, the Dalai Lama said something that struck me.
“If Dalai Lama mad at China,” the Dalai Lama said, “China feel no pain. Only Dalai Lama feel pain. Dalai Lama no eat. Dalai Lama no sleep –“
Then, pausing momentarily to confer with his robed Tibetan translator, the Dalai Lama continued: “Dalai Lama feel up tight.”