Some people seem to think that the issue of whether or not Buddhists leaders should be involved in politics is a complicated issue. In reality, the issue is not complicated. Politics and Buddhism are complete opposites, because all of Buddha’s teachings explain how to control our mind (the inner world) and politics is about controlling the outer world. In Buddhism, we learn that external problems have no cessation. The goal of all sincere Buddhist practitioners is to attain an inner cessation of delusions which are the true source of our suffering.
Political lamas are causing the degeneration of pure Buddhadharma in this world, because Dharma mixed with politics is not pure. Therefore, it is important for Buddhist throughout the world to stop following political lamas. As long as there are Buddhists who will develop faith in political lamas the Chinese and the CIA will continue to interfere with Buddhism by appointing puppet lamas. Now is the time to stop developing faith in political lamas.
Below are the top three most political lamas in the world.
The most political lama in the world, by far, is the fourteenth Dalai Lama. He is probably the most political lama in the history of Buddhism. Buddhism has been in this world for 2,500 years and in all that time no single person has caused as many schisms as the fourteenth Dalai Lama.
Ogyen Trinley Dorje is the second most political lama in the world. He is likely to replace the 14th Dalai Lama after he passes away. This appointment would give him power and influence within the two largest schools of Tibetan Buddhism (Kagyu and Gelug). Ogyen Trinley has had ties with the CIA and the government of the People’s Republic of China.
In the book Buddha’s Not Smiling Eric Curren states,
For a decade, the Chinese government has appointed puppet lamas to strengthen its control over occupied Tibet. Shockingly, the Chinese have recruited Tibetan leaders in exile to further these goals. Politically appointed lamas threaten the integrity of Tibetan Buddhism, yet thousands of Buddhist worldwide are unaware of this controversy, the picture blurred by the media bias towards current Buddhist leaders.
Qoigyijabu (Gyancain Norbu) is the third most political lama in the world today. Gyancain Norbu is the current Panchen Lama chosen as a puppet lama for the PRC leadership. The involvement of China in this affair is seen by some as a political ploy to try to gain control over the recognition of the next Dalai Lama, and to strengthen their hold over the future of Tibet and its governance.