HE IS known for his pronouncements on matters spiritual, but the Dalai Lama gave the impression of having more earthly concerns on his mind.
Yesterday the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader inadvertently advised a roomful of students and journalists in Cambridge to admire a young woman's bottom.
Brianne Kent (26) a doctoral candidate in neuroscience, from Vancouver, was visibly startled when the Dalai Lama used her posterior to illustrate his thoughts on human nature.
Ms Kent, who was the chairing a meeting of the Global Scholars Symposium, a student-run conference at St John's College, Cambridge, was sitting next to him as he spoke about the need not to take people at face value and look at what is "behind". He then turned to her, laughed and said: "If I may?"
As he gestured towards her he said: "At the front – very nice, but behind?" He then glanced behind her as she laughed in surprise.
"I didn't know what to think," she said afterwards. (© Daily Telegraph, London)