Welcome to the Twitter feed of the
Bad Dalai Lama.
Unlike the soporific truisms of the Good
@DalaiLama, the Bad one says things that
are actually useful!
The BDL is channeled by
who lives on the road somewhere in America.
Ways to View our Activity. There are many ways to view our Twitter activity...
Main Twitter Feed (@BadDalaiLama) — Our latest tweets and retweets directly on Twitter
Our Greatest Hits! via FavStar — Our most popular tweets of all time, based on the stars and retweets of our readers.
FavStar Recent —
Our tweets recently starred and retweeted by others. Read this list for a filtered
version of our current tweet stream, vetted by our most dedicated
readers in real time.
Our Downloaded Twitter Archive — All of our tweets as downloaded directly from Twitter, displayed in their own format. Fully searchable but
can be slow. Downloaded about twice a month.
Our main account, @BadDalaiLama, is a
high-volume feed, averaging 20+ tweets per day.
The Bad Dalai Lama was born on Sept. 15, 2010.
While the good Lama went in one direction, his bad brother went another.
See our Social Media Policy for an explanation of how all our accounts fit together (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.).
The Bad Dalai Lama may be addressed as "His Holiness", "His Badliness", "His Baldliness", "BDL", "HHBDL"... or anything! — so long as it is deferential to his enormous
wisdom and intellect.
Any appearance of "I" or "me" in our tweets reflect the opinions of our
They do not necessarily reflect the position of His Holiness the
Bad Dalai Lama, who would never use such a pronoun.
Searchable archive of our past tweets
are found in our downloaded Twitter archive and
in our Sacred Archive of
Ancient Wisdom. The Sacred archive was created before
the official Twitter archive was available. Although they do the same things,
we have retained both for the time being. Both are updated every
1-2 weeks. Search by keyword or month.
(The Sacred archive is our own archive system, written in Perl.
It is based on tweet data retrieved from
Click here for a random tweet of ancient
wisdom from our archive.
This single tweet is drawn by divine inspiration
from our huge inventory (ignoring all links and @ replies).
Reload for more random thoughts. It may be just the wisdom you needed!
The Bad Dalai Lama welcomes your feedback! He reads all
and direct messages. He will usually "star" mentions to indicate that he has read them.
Although he reads all DM's, he may not have time to respond to him.
Note: If you want to contact Glenn Campbell quickly,
regular email is usually more reliable.
Spread the love!
Please retweet any tweets that you like,
both in the
and from the Wisdom Archive.
(Retweeting old tweets will give them new life!)
generously! Give us your stars (favorites) and retweets to let His Holiness know how much
you care. If you laugh or smile or think about one of our tweets, star it, dummy!
(You don't think we're giving out this stuff for free, do you?)
All of the Bad Dalai Lama's tweets are
his own original work
or that of his channeler (unless RT'ed or enclosed in quotes).
If you doubt this, try Googling
for the tweet. You probably won't find an earlier instance of it, except perhaps on
The vast majority of our tweets are
Brand New!, tweeted in the moment as they occur to us,
but some may be retweets or slight
modifications of our past work.
Some tweets may have originally appeared on
@KilroyCafe (Glenn's previous account).
Occasionally the BDL may plagiarize his own work and repeat something he has
already said, but it doesn't happen often.
The Bad Dalai Lama actively "stars" any tweets he finds interesting.
See His Current Favorites.
Check this list daily for the best philosophical quotes and news from the Twittosphere.
We star tweets mainly for our own reference,
so we can more easily find the tweet later.
Between January and October 2011, we
archived our favorites here on this website.
This list includes 4090 starred items on a single web page.
(Archiving was ended when Tweetake was discontinued and we lost our data source.)
This list is searchable simply by doing a text search on the web page.
replies to @ messages only when the reply seems useful to
everyone (since this reply will become part of our permanent archive).
Please note: His Holiness does not engage in
running debates about his wisdom, as this would be unbecoming to a man in
his position. However, he does process
and digest everything you say, and your point may be incorporated in a later tweet.
His Badliness reviews his main timeline occasionally,
but most of his reading is done through a series of private lists and his public
and Wisdom lists.
We rarely do FF's or specifically recommend other tweeters.
There are certain
people we follow religiously, but it is bad karma to
reveal our daily reading list. Instead, just check out the people we
retweet and reply to.
If there is anyone you think His Badliness should be following, let him know!
Indeed, if there is anything at all you think he should know about, drop him a DM,
@ reply or email.
Check out the Bad Dalai Lama's
to see what tweets are most popular among the intelligentsia.
Here are our most popular tweets ranked by
Our appearance on FavStar depends on people starring or retweeting our tweets, so please
do not hesitate to do so.
Note there is a "More" button at the bottom of our FavStar page (which we paid for),
so you can keep browsing for hours.
For a real-time stream of what appeals to our most active readers, see our FavStar
If you monitor that page, you'll get a lower-volume
filtered version of our main feed,
vetted by our most dedicated readers.
His Badliness usually posts his tweets in real time as he thinks of them.
(For philosophical wisdom, this tends to be early in the day on the U.S. East Coast, when our
brain is fresh).
In the past, we used to try to spread tweets over the day by scheduling them
Hootsuite, but we don't do that anymore.
Our tweets our now coming to you hot out of the oven! (They might be delayed only
when we are out of internet range.)
It is bad Karma to repeat the Bad Dalai Lama's words without attribution.
Lord Google will know!