Presenting, Dalai Lama the boxer

November 5th, 2008 - 6:46 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Nov 5 (IANS) The Dalai Lama, known for his feisty exchanges with the Chinese, has apparently been indulging in another kind of sparring - boxing. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader has exchanged punches with Brian Blessed, the well-known British film and television actor told the Harrow Leader, a local newspaper serving the London suburb of Harrow.

“We both share a passion for boxing, which surprises people, given that he’s a Buddhist. Nobody believes me when I tell them that we used to do a little bit of light sparring,” said the boisterous bearded actor with an imposing weight.

“We met years ago during one of my expeditions and spent a few days together and became great friends. He’s my age, and when he was declared a God King as a boy, I was swimming in the canal in South Yorkshire.”

Blessed said their first encounter took place immediately before the actor’s first of three attempts on the Everest, when they exchanged telephone numbers and have remained in contact.

“It’s lovely to get a call from a man like that,” Blessed said.

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