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Why won’t the Dalai Lama speak out against the war in Iraq?

The war in Iraq had no popular mandate from any nation and no legal mandate from the international community. Since the invasion there have been several hundred thousand civilian casualities and nearly 5,000 Coalition soldiers have died. If ever there was a war that could be definitively condemned it is this one. But the Dalai Lama won’t condemn this war. He says it’s too early to tell. Why? – aboutwss.org

Stop the lama love-in

Below is a quote from a new article called Stop the lama love-in – He’s adorable, yes, but just what is the Dalai Lama accomplishing?

… public perception of the Dalai Lama needs to change. As it stands, when people turn their attention to him, they do so in the spirit of answering John Lennon’s call to “turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.” The outcome of this lazy attitude is to reinforce the Dalai Lama’s leadership and his counterproductive efforts to free his people. The basic problem was summed up by the Dalai Lama himself when he stated, “I find no contradiction at all between politics and religion.” So long as the Dalai Lama is regarded as a figure of both spiritual and political liberation, his efforts to make the first goal happen will ensure the second never does.

Here’s a comment from someone named David about the article:

I think the major reasons Dalai Lama hasn’t got what he wanted are:

1. Dalai Lama used to be a slave-master/owner. He doesn’t have any moral authority in ordinary Tibetans left behind in China when he exiled. His followers went into exile with him are all prior nobles and slave-masters, together with some slaves they owned to serve them in India.
2. Dalai Lama fought for CIA and caused a lot of ‘trouble’ to the Tibet during the 60s and 70s. He is no ‘peace-lover’ by heart. He is forced to give up after US and China re-established diplomatic relationship.
3. China has done a lot of constructive work in Tibet in the past 30 years. Dalai Lama did nothing. Not many Tibetans in Tibet wants him back.
4. Nelson Mandela and Gandhi were with their people on the ground, suffering for their people. Where is Dalai Lama? He is living a luxury life wearing Cuchi Brand Italy Leather Shoes.

These are some of the fundamental reasons why Dalai Lama and his supporters are not going anywhere.

The Dalai Lama is Breaking the Hearts of Buddhists Around the World

Comment posted about the Dalai Lama Removing His Guru’s Thrones and Images:

What a sad moment in history when the picture of one of the greatest masters in the Gelugpa tradition is removed.

The Dalai Lama has created a situation that is breaking the hearts of so many Buddhists in the world, by mixing politics and dharma, to the point where his own spiritual guide’s picture, a holy being such as Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, is seen as a threat to him and the fulfillment of his wishes. These are definitely degerated times in the Tibetan Buddhist world. It helps to understand why Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has separated from Tibetan Buddhism a long time ago. May Dorje Shugden protect the precious teachings of Buddha from being mixed with politics in this world. -Tsering Chodron