Things I Didn’t Know About the Dalai Lama

Travel Blog  •  Julia Ross  •  05.05.09 | 1:25 PM ET

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I dropped by a lively discussion last night on all things Dalai Lama, by World Hum contributors Eric Weiner and Pico Iyer, and learned a few things about His Holiness’s travel habits: he always flies business class; is addicted to the BBC World service and feels out of sorts when he can’t tune in; and prefers to spend his downtime on trips visiting local high schools. 

The discussion on Iyer’s new book, The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, was held at Washington, D.C.‘s Sidwell Friends School and was reportedly taped by C-Span, so check your listings in coming weeks. Weiner did an excellent job moderating, and Iyer was articulate and gracious, as always.

In case you missed it, Iyer wrote a wonderfully cogent piece on the Dalai Lama and Tibet last month in the New York Review of Books—a must-read for anyone interested in that part of the world.


Julia Ross is a Washington, DC-based writer and frequent contributor to World Hum. She has lived in China and Taiwan, where she was a Fulbright scholar and Mandarin student. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Time, Christian Science Monitor, Plenty and other publications. Her essay, Six Degrees of Vietnam, was shortlisted for "The Best American Travel Writing 2009."


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