It is being said that one time when he met up with John Cleese and that although they didn’t understand eachother very well, they spent 10 minutes together laughing out loud.
Here’s a more recent example:
One might argue that the Dalai Lama’s English is not sufficient or his concept of humour is too narrow, whatever the case, word jokes are always hard to grasp straight away if the’re not being told in your mother tongue. Anyway, he must have gotten the clue by now. Noone likes a good laugh as much as the Dalai Lama.
Karl could have continued with:
The pizza vendor said “that will be $5″ and the Dalai Lama handed him a tenner and waited.
Finally the Dalai Lama said: “Hey, where’s my change?”
The pizza vendor replied: “Change must come from within..”
For more serious stuff from the Dalai Lama listen to this forgotten gem (poor visual quality due to dubbing), which is a fragment of 34 hours footage of talks with Carl Sagan, recorded from 1991, which has somehow never been released.