The Dalai Lama Officially Joins Instagram, Actually Uploads Pretty Regularly


In need of some spiritual inspiration, photography style? Well you’re in luck, because His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama himself has opened an Instagram account and is proving to be a fairly prolific poster.

The news broke earlier today when the Dalai Lama announced it through his official Twitter account, but in reality the Instagram account has been active since the beginning of the month.

In that time, the Dalai Lama has uploaded 16 photos that mostly show him giving speeches or meeting with important political and social figures like President Obama (photo courtesy of Pete Souza) and Larry King.

His Holiness isn’t the first religious figure to join Instagram or have a thriving social media presence, but his is one of the strongest. Having joined Twitter in 2010, he boasts 8.5M followers on that service. And since news broke of his Instagram presence, his following has gone from 5,600 early this morning to over 18,000 as of this writing (and climbing on every refresh).

Oh, and in case you’re wondering what the Dalai Lama thinks of social networks and the potential negative impact, he actually spoke on that subject about a week ago in an interview with TIME magazine. In response to the question “Do Facebook and Twitter hurt or help our happiness?” His Holiness explained:

It depends on how you use them. If the person, himself or herself, has a certain inner strength, a certain confidence, then it is no problem. But if an individual’s mind is weak, then there is more confusion. You can’t blame technology. It depends on the user of the technology.

To follow His Holiness on either Instagram or Twitter, go ahead and click on the corresponding links.

(via The Verge)

  • Mark Brown

    I’m kinda surprised that username was available.

  • Jackson Cheese

    I caddied for him once. Big hitter, the Lama.

    Hit one into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier.

    End of 18, and he he didn’t tip me. Instead he says “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.”

    So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

  • Mak Wa

    Obviously it’s wasn’t him who wanted to joined, take the photos and post them up in person, it was his PR team who came up with the idea.

  • CurrentCo

    Pretty sure that username would definitely already have been taken.

  • Rabi Abonour

    Using the word “himself” is more than a little bit of a stretch, obviously the Dalai Lama is not personally using Instagram.