Dalai Lama doesn't get the Dalai Lama joke

Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, gestures while speaking at Parliament House in Canberra on June 14, 2011.
Credit: Torsten Blackwood

Have you ever wondered what you would say to the Dalai Lama, if you ever got the chance to meet him?

One Australian newscaster clearly has not.

On his recent trip Down Under, the Dalai Lama appeared on an Australian news program. The newscaster decided he would, after all, share that one clever Dalai Lama joke

Suffice it to say the Tibetan spiritual leader doesn't get the joke, though still manages to have the last laugh.

One line that did get His Holiness to giggle was when he confused the prime minister's gender, referring to Julia Gillard as a man.

"Oh, her," he said with a laugh, after one of his aids corrected him.

Gillard refused to meet with the Dalai Lama, but said it was unrelated to his gaffe.

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