The Groucho Moment

Horsing around with His Holiness

Christine Cox

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My friend Sid once placed a Groucho Marx mask in a hotel room where the Dalai Lama would be staying during a visit to an Ivy League university. It was a gesture of karmic abandon because, really, who could gauge the terrestrial and spiritual consequences of such an act? And it was also a gesture of friendliness, because His Holiness had once told Sid, one of the main organizers of the Dalai Lama’s visit, that always having to be the Dalai Lama didn’t give him much freedom: so much politics, so much responsibility. Being a compassionate fellow, Sid wanted to help. A disguise—humorous and absurd—he thought, would be just the thing.

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