A modern Buddhist leader has expressed his admiration for the outlet videogames provide in an interview given to the Times of India.
Trinley Dorje, the 24-year old spiritualist, also known as the Karmapa Lama, was asked if he considered it inappropriate for a Buddhist monk to play “war games” on his PlayStation. He replied that games are “something of an emotional therapy,” adding:
If I’m having some negative thoughts or negative feelings, videogames are one way in which I can release that energy in the context of the illusion of the game. I feel better afterwards. The aggression that comes out in the video game satiates whatever desire I might have to express that feeling. For me, that’s very skilful because when I do that I don’t have to go and hit anyone over the head.