Dalai Lama Fears Shark Attack

Being reincarnated as a shark is one thing—being eaten by one is another. “Long flights, those I really feared, but now I’m used to them,” Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, revealed in a new profile in The Telegraph. “The fear now is that I never learnt to swim so if the plane crashes on water, I would immediately go deep under the sea and be enjoyed by a shark.” The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists and until recently head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, the Dalai Lama has continued to be a gadfly to the Chinese government since being driven out of his home country in 1959. A Nobel laureate, the Dalai Lama lives in a temple palace in Dharamsala, India, near the foothills of the Himalayas.