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DALAI LAMA REALLY YUKS IT UP

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Not only is the Dalai Lama a Nobel Peace Prize winner, but he's the kind of guy who can appreciate a few good yuks. Rabbi Lawrence Kushner of Sudbury, Mass., and five other American Jewish scholars met with the dalai lama Monday at the Tibetan Learning Center in Washington, N.J., and Kushner said he was impressed by the Dalai Lama's sense of humor. "He had an impish smile and he got all the jokes," Kushner said. "A couple of rabbis missed a few - but he got them all. It was my real, untutored impression that Buddhist holy people regard laughter as spiritually natural. In our tradition of clergy, we're stuck with a stern face, and if we crack a joke it's perceived as out of character. He didn't have that baggage."