Platinum-selling musician Moby was granted an audience with the Dalai Lama Thursday in Philadelphia.
Writing on his Web site, Moby said he was joined by friends Serj Tankian from System of a Down, KT Tunstall and Joss Stone. The artists came together for The Missing Peace Music Project, the Dalai Lama’s peace through music campaign.
“Mainly I was struck by his intellect,” he wrote of the informal meeting, which included a performance by Tunstall, and was filmed for the documentary Journey of a Thousand Miles: In Search of the Missing Peace. “He might be the brightest person I’ve ever met. Second, I was struck by his sense of humor.”
During the meeting, the Dalai Lama displayed that sense of humor when he laughed at one of Moby’s jokes.
“I asked him … ‘If you could be completely selfish for a week, what would you do?’ ‘Sleep,’ he said. ‘So you’d be a professional sleeper?’ I asked. And he laughed and laughed. And boy, when the Dalai Lama laughs at one of your jokes (even if it’s not such a good joke) you feel pretty good.”
Moby also revealed he lay awake the night before worrying about his conversation with the spiritual leader.
“A part of me wanted to ask fun and lighthearted questions, like, ‘If you were a breakdancer what would you want for your breakdancing name?’ And another part of me wanted to ask more serious questions about dharma and meditation and politics and quantum mechanics … and then it was morning.”
The day ended up being both lighthearted and serious. Before the meeting even began, Snoop Dogg and his crew were leaving the hotel as the Dalai Lama arrived. “Postmodernism reared it’s messy head and the Dogg Pound posed for pictures with the H.H. Dalai Lama,” Moby wrote. “This, needless to say, was entertaining.”
Summing up the visit, the musician wrote, “This was a way more interesting day than most.”