Lady Gaga Discusses Mental Health, Tragedy & Compassion With the Dalai Lama

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Lady Gaga joins his Holiness the Dalai Lama to speak to US Mayors about kindness at JW Marriott on June 26, 2016 in Indianapolis.

After speaking at the 84th annual Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis on Sunday, Lady Gaga and the Dalai Lama sat down for a 20-minute-long Facebook Live chat to discuss issues of mental and emotional health and the world's ills.

Lady Gaga fielded a number of questions for the Tibetan leader from social media, with the very first confronting addiction, mental health and suicide and asking the Dalai Lama what can be done. The Dalai Lama criticized "society’s way of life" and a "lack of compassion" in the world: “I feel it’s too much materialistic life -- materialistic culture."

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"When you show more sense of concern of others' well-being, then you also get the feeling, 'Oh, I am something useful to others,'" the Dalai Lama said.

But the Dalai Lama is hopeful: The future rests on the shoulders of the young, he says. "Past is nobody can change. Future, yet to come. So there is possibility [of] change. [The] younger generation have to create more healthy environment," he proposed.

In light of the Orlando massacre, Gaga and the Dalai Lama touched upon finding glimmers of hope in the face of loss, violence and tragedy. "Once [a] tragic situation happens, not avoid -- look at more deeply, widely," the Dalai Lama said. "Many positive, happy things are there if you look [from a] wider perspective. If you look real closely, it appears unbearable. But if you look widely, [you can see] other positive things there."

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The heavy mood was broken by bits of banter between the global leader and Gaga. "I'm one 81-year-old person with quite a lot of experiences. My experiences much bigger than your experiences," the Dalai Lama said to Lady Gaga. Gaga didn't miss a beat with her reply: "You didn't know this, but I'm much older than you."