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Dalai Lama criticises anti-whaling protestors

On Saturday, the Dalai Lama once again proved himself to be a politician wearing the robes of a monk when he criticised anti-whaling activists while visiting Japan. He did not speak harshly at all against the Japanese whalers. The Dalai Lama critcises anti-whaling protestors who mainly use nonviolent actions to try to stop illegal whaling, but he never speaks out against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which are extremely violent.

Below is a part of the story from AFP and a video of the Sea Shepherds activities:

TOKYO — The Dalai Lama on Saturday criticised wildlife activists for staging what he said were violent protests over Japan’s hunting of whales.

The rebuke came as the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader visited Japan for an 11-day lecture tour.

At a news conference, he said he had told the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to stop its violent harassment of Japan’s whaling fleet.

“One time I wrote a letter…(saying) their activities should be stopping,” he told reporters.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Dalai Lama is just another politician. Even some of his most faithful followers are now beginning to question him.

Waylon Lewis, a long-time supporter of the Dalai Lama who lives in Boulder, CO (one of the main hubs of Dalai Lama fanaticism in the U. S.), wrote this statement on his website Elephant Journal today:

“And innocent as His Holiness’ intentions are, the context within which his comments were made is harmful—and may well lead to more permissiveness of real violence.”

Comments from the Tricycle Blog article Dalai Lama criticizes anti-whaling protesters:

“I feel HHDL must have based his comment on Japanese propaganda. It is sad that he would make such a public statement without getting both sides of the story.” – Leland Jory

“You can speak out against violence any time. It’s not necessary to single out the anti-whaling activists, who may not even be violent. To do so while visiting Japan was a political choice.” – Grover

I cringe to say this… but I disagree with HHDL here. The Japanese (illegal) whalers are the one’s using violence against the Sea Shephards. – Nate DeMontigny

“I respectfully disagree with HHDL’s opinion on this matter. I believe the protesters’ intentions are to do no harm, and to do everything they can to sway Japanese sentiment towards respecting all live, including those of whales. The continued and senseless killing of these majestinc animals – any sentient being, really – cannot be justified under any circumstances: the vast majority of human beings on this planet need not consume animals to survive.” – Willemien de Villiers

The Sea Shepherd responded to the Dalai Lama’s criticism stating:

“The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has never caused an injury to any individual. Reports that we have caused injuries have been fabricated for public relations purposes. We take every precaution to not cause injury, although we do destroy property that is used to take the life of sentient beings and for this we make no apologies. This year the Society has directly saved the lives of 528 whales and over 800 endangered Bluefin tuna. We are in the business of saving lives and not inflicting harm”

The Dalai Lama and the CIA

This clip shows the details of the state department documents highlighted in the new book A Great Deception – The Ruling Lama’s Policies by the Western Shugden Society.

Here is a sample of the section entitled The Dalai Lama’s Involvement with the CIA and the Tibetan Guerillas:

In 1974, the Dalai Lama claimed: ‘The accusation of CIA aid has no truth behind it.’ But gradually as more and more US State Department documents have been declassified he has been forced to admit the truth.

In 1999, discussing the early CIA operations involving his people, he said: ‘They gave the impression that once I arrived in India, great support would come from the United States.’ The CIA provided $1.7 million dollars annually to train and support guerrillas, including setting up training camps in the US (Camp Hale, Colorado) and elsewhere, flying the guerrillas there and parachutting them back into Tibet, and providing weapons, equipment and intelligence. The Dalai Lama himself received $180,000 annually to maintain himself in India, a grant for which he did not have to account.

In the above video clip the Dalai Lama says ‘Violence and telling lies these I believe basically against human nature.’

The Dalai Lama inspecting troops at Chakrata. He authorized the Tibetan units of the Indian Special Frontier Force to fight the war in East Pakistan in 1971.

Dalai Lama’s Stance on Nonviolence

Is the Dalai Lama really a champion for peace and nonviolence?

In 1996 followers of the Dalai Lama stoned and hurled insults at Dorje Shugden practitioners in Southern India. If the Dalai Lama really was a man of peace and nonviolence wouldn’t he ask his followers to stop their violent actions toward Shugden practitioners?

Instead of asking his followers to stop the religious persecution of Shugden practitioners he says:

There will be no change in my stand. I will never revoke the ban. You are right. It will be like the Cultural Revolution. If those who do not accept the ban do not listen to my words, the situation will grow worse for them. You sit and watch. It will grow only worse for them.
The Dalai Lama to monks in India who questioned the ban

The problem is that in Tibet most people shun those whom they think the Dalai Lama wants them to shun. –TIME Magazine