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Opinion: The Dalai Lama -- A Good Showman but an Empty Robe

May 10, 2009

by Grant Lawrence
May 8, 2009

Audience member: "Can you give us an example of a
leader we should look up to as a positive influence?"

Dalai Lama (after thinking for a few seconds):
"President Bush. I met him personally and liked
him very much. He was honest and straightforward,
and that is very important. I may not have agreed
with all his policies, but I thought he was very
honest and a very good leader."

The Dalai Lama has been shown to be something of
a showman and a likely CIA stooge. He has
previously gone on record supporting "just" wars
like the one in Iraq and the War on Terror.

Unfortunately the Dalai Lama has put his own
cause above the cause of humanity. The Dalai gets
a great deal of US support (likely financial) for
his continued discrediting of the Chinese
government on the issues of Tibet. In 2007, Bush
presented the Dalai Lama with the Congressional
Medal of Freedom for his support of US policies around the world.

The people of Tibet and their treatment are an
important issue. However, the people of Iraq,
Afghanistan, and all of those countries suffering
under the policies of Global Empire (globalization) are no less important.

The Dalai Lama's words are beautiful and his
smile is pleasant, but his moral character is
lacking. The Dalai Lama writes (if in fact he
writes all of his books) about the need for
compassion and the negation of selfishness.
However, the Dalai Lama has demonstrated an
inability to feel or care for other oppressed peoples besides Tibetans.

Real compassion for all people would have meant
that the Dalai Lama would have made strong
statements against aggressive wars for resources
and strategic positioning for empire. Abandoning
selflessness would have meant that the Dalai Lama
would recognize that the struggles of the Tibetan
people should be aligned with the struggles of all oppressed peoples.

One could argue that the Dalai Lama is goofy and
incapable of understanding the massive evil of
the military industrial complex. But the Dalai
Lama is astute at promoting his himself and his
cause, therefore it is highly unlikely that the
Dalai is a fool. Rather his survival and that of
his particular branch of Buddhism has much to do
with his intelligence and abilities.

Humanity is in dire need of real moral courage
and compassion. Sadly the Dalai Lama has shown
himself to be a better showman than person.His
words and actions at such a critical time in
human history will likely create an unhelpful
Karma for himself (if you believe in what he
preaches). But more importantly for the world,
the Dalai Lama is promoting a Karma (war) that
will likely mean that many continue to suffer around the world.

The Dalai Lama has a great Karmic responsibility for his actions.

I work as a school counselor and mental health counselor in Gallup New Mexico.
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