Australia's first ex-monk in parliament?

He seems nice.

The newly elected member for Tangney is a former dolphin trainer, a one-time Buddhist monk, an award-winning police officer and a fan of that divisive fruit the durian.

Weird coincidence: he’s from Malaysia, where I lived as a monk, and he’s representing Tangney, which is where I grew up (Attadale). And I like durian, so. OMG, and my band’s first album totally had a dolphin on the cover! We’re basically the same person.

Asked what humans can learn from the smart and gregarious mammals, he answers emphatically: “empathy”. “They understand and respond to our emotions,” he says.

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Perhaps, in another earth in multiverse, Bhante, you are the elected member of parliament and he is an Australian monk developing Suttacentral website #multiverseofmadness :smiley:

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