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02/26/2014 05:21 pm ET Updated Feb 26, 2014

The Dalai Lama On How Technology Influences Our Daily Lives (VIDEO)

With more than 8 million Twitter followers, the outside observer may assume that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama knows a thing or two about (mindfully) employing technology. But even though he called the existence of digital devices "wonderful," he warned that they can also stand in our way -- if we let them.

"I think technology really increases human ability. It [made] a lot of things much easier," he told HuffPost Live host Willow Bay. "But technology cannot produce compassion."

The Dalai Lama also explained that even though our phones and computers are so integrated into our lives, it's important not to let them control how we're living.

"After all, we are the controllers of the technology and if we become slaves of technology, that's not good," he said.

Check out the clip above for more on the usefulness of our digital devices and watch the full interview with the Dalai Lama over on HuffPost Live.

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