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Corruption is positive, jests Dalai Lama

delhi Updated: Dec 03, 2011 18:58 IST

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday said jokingly that corruption could also be positive.

"I once met a delegation of Buddhists from Vietnam who asked me about corruption in order to get a good job for workers. I said positive corruption," the leader said in a lighter vein, laughing, in response to a query about corruption.

He then added that he has retired now and had handed over the responsibility to an elected government (Tibetan government-in-exile) -- and was at liberty not to speak about it.

The Dalai Lama refused to comment on the anti-corruption crusade in India.

The Buddhist seer delivered the 5th annual Penguin Lecture at the India Habitat Centre here on The Art of Happiness in which he touched on a broad range of subjects pertaining to the art of being happy and compassionate.

"Compassion is motivation - which is taking care of other's well being. There is no place to lie, exploit or harm," he said.