Buddhist Monk: Games Satiate My Desire For Aggression

Trinley Dorje (pictured) is a pretty hip guy. Like many 24-year-olds, he's into popular music and video games. He's also the Karmapa Lama — the only senior Buddhist leader recognised by the governments of China, India and Tibet.

Giving an interview to The Times of India, Dorje doesn't find his interest in violent video games to be inconsistent with his philosophy or his stature within Buddhism.

I view video games as something of an emotional therapy, a mundane level of emotional therapy for me. We all have emotions whether we're Buddhist practitioners or not, all of us have emotions, happy emotions, sad emotions, displeased emotions and we need to figure out a way to deal with them when they arise.

So, for me sometimes it can be a relief, a kind of decompression to just play some video games. If I'm having some negative thoughts or negative feelings, video games are one way in which I can release that energy in the context of the illusion of the game. I feel better afterwards.

The aggression that comes out in the video game satiates whatever desire I might have to express that feeling. For me, that's very skilful because when I do that I don't have to go and hit anyone over the head.

The interviewer asks if his mediation should be taking care of such urges and he politely brushes her off. "No, video games are just a skillful method," he says.

You know, I have felt oddly ... serene ... after playing Left 4 Dead.

"Video War Games Satiate My Feelings of Aggression" [The Times of India]


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    Enlightenment through Pwning

    I find it a bit worrying that a Buddhist monk would ever feel the desire to 'hit anyone over the head' in the first place!

      ...Did you even read the article? Or were you just taking the piss out of interviewer's question?

      If you were serious... As you might guess from the picture, buddhist monks are people, just like you and me.

      watch some old chinese martial arts movies that have shaolin style kung fu. there's your answer.

    Trinley Dorje - new world leader.

    (BTW there is a bug in this site that tells you you are logged in as Daniel Hutton at the comments, but I'm not quite sure how I managed to do it, or if I actually could have posted as him - I clicked "log out" once it told me I was logged in as him. It happened after clicking "cancel reply" as I was going to reply to someone but changed my mind.)

    Only way this guy could get any better is if he is in some way involved with The Tiger Temple =^_^=

    Also, the dude's the same age as me, has (I'm assuming) some political/religious power, and is on his way to enlightenment? Way to make me feel negative about my life, guy :( I shall satiate my desire for aggression by taking out some grunts in ODST tomorrow :)

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