Au Revoir, Gopher: Behind The Scenes of Caddyshack

References To The Dalai Lama

In the popular scene between Bill Murray and Peter Berkrot, in which Murray holds a pitchfork up to Berkrot’s throat, everyone remembers Murray’s hilarious anecdote about the Dalai Lama. Murray’s character describes a time when he caddied for the Dalai Lama and at the end, asking for a tip, the Dalai Lama replies, “Oh, uh there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.”

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When the Dalai Lama visited America, he was always asked about this scene. But much to the interviewer and the rest of the world’s surprise, not only has the Dalai Lama not seen Caddyshack, he hasn’t even ever played golf!