I’m more and more fascinated by the number of people playing video games, especially when I hear things like this.
Karmapa Lama Trinley Dorje (try saying it five times fast), the only Buddhist leader recognised by China, plays videogames in order to attain inner peace and serenity. I kid you not.
“The aggression that comes out in the video game satiates whatever desire I might have to express that feeling,” he told The Times of India.
“For me, that’s very skilful because when I do that I don’t have to go and hit anyone over the head.”
Further on Dorje says he views video games as a mundane level of emotional therapy, saying “we all have emotions whether we’re Buddhist practitioners or not, all of us have emotions, happy emotions, sad emotions, displeased emotions and we need to figure out a way to deal with them when they arise.”
So the next time you’re feeling mad, go chainsaw some faces off in Gears of War and you’ll feel right as rain.