The Dalai Lama and his resting beaming face brought many hearty belly laughs to Last Week Tonight in ways Oliver clearly didn't expect.
"They call me demon, so I want another demon, so you become demon!" he said, smiling.
"You can't reincarnate the demon into me!" You can not do that!
The Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, denies encouraging violence, claiming he only wants autonomy for Tibet. You can watch the entire interview and segment on Tibet in the YouTube video below. Oliver replied in horror. Oliver opened their conversation with a frank statement: "The Chinese government absolutely hates you".
Tibetans feel so strongly opposed to China's influence that 140 people have self-immolated, an action that left the Dalai Lama in a very hard position.
China says the tradition must continue and its officially atheist Communist leaders have the right to approve the Dalai Lama's successor, as a legacy inherited from China's emperors. His Holiness also again suggested that he, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, might be the last. The Dalai Lama is tasked with finding the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, who in turn seeks the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. One Chinese government official said the Dalai Lama was a "wolf wrapped in monk's robes". The government, seeking to maintain control over the region, has selected an alternative Panchen Lama that many Tibetans reject.
Calling China's efforts to weaken his power in Tibet a "foolish act", the 81-year-old explained: "Our brain has the ability to create common sense". "China is strongly opposed to Dalai visiting disputed areas", Geng had said, adding that the visit will cause "serious damage" to Sino-India ties and that Beijing was "gravely concerned". The comedian said he can accept cow's milk but has a hard time understanding where horse's milk comes from. For most Americans though, we know him as that guy from another part of the world who says some pretty inspirational quotes.
The interview, which aired on Sunday night on HBO's Last Week Tonight was preceded by a quick overview of the current Tibetan predicament by Oliver.