Gone in a flash: Selfie with Boris set to cost monk his life’s work as laptop stolen

The selfie craze has taken the world by storm, with even the Prime Minister joining in. But for a Buddhist monk, taking one quick photo on his phone may have cost him his life’s work.

The Tibetan-born lama Lelung Rinpoche has lost hundreds of pages of research after his laptop was taken on the Tube when he posed for a picture with Boris Johnson.

Mr Rinpoche was on the Metropolitan line with his two-year-old son Prisong after an event in Uxbridge when he saw the Mayor getting on.

The teacher struck up a conversation with Mr Johnson about Tibet and they posed together for a photograph, taken using Mr Rinpoche’s mobile phone. Realising that his stop was approaching, he said goodbye, scooped up his son and dashed off the train at Eastcote.

But in his excitement he left behind his bag containing a laptop with 900 pages of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. The research was not backed-up. The monk had been turning the papers into two books aimed at preserving ancient teachings and instructing children on living a moral life.

Mr Rinpoche, director of the Lelung Dharma Trust in Eastcote, said: “The laptop had two books’ worth of material I had collected from around the world.

“The person who took the laptop clearly has a good heart as they left behind the passport and camera. I would say to them it is not easy in this world to practise kindness and trustworthiness, but try to find the part inside them that can. To them it is only a computer, but for me it is work that can be used to help people.”

A spokesman for the Mayor said: “The Mayor enjoyed talking to Lelung Rinpoche and hopes his laptop is returned to him as soon as possible.”

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