Monday, February 22, 2010
The Dalai Lama
Watching CSPAN on Friday, I listened to the Dalai Lama, speaking at the Library of Congress. He's 74 years old now. He's a great speaker with broken English, very charismatic - everyone's wise grandfather with nice things to say. Not a mean bone in his body - very peaceful. And I was glad to hear, he's never heard of Tiger Woods.
As I watched, I was thinking, "he sounds a lot like Jesus". You can't fault a thing he says - it's all good. But he's just a man. Or is he?
"His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama" - "Political and Spritual Leader of the Tibetan People". He is the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. An "enlightened being" - putting off nirvana for awhile to serve humanity. His name is Tenzin Gyatso. A Buddhist who lives in excile, in northern India - in the city of Dharamsala. He describes himself as a 'simple Buddhist monk'. Tibet is an area inside China, made up of 3 provinces, and Tibetans want to be seperated from China, to live in a democracy.
From what I've read, Buddhism has 2 primary beliefs: 1) people are generally good at heart, and 2) all religions are generally good.
Yet - Christianity too has 2 primary beliefs: 1) people are inherently bad at heart, and 2) all world religions are inherently bad.
Funny, isn't it, that you can tell someone you are the reincarnation of someone else - an enlightened being - holy - a 'god'. No one even flinches, and they'll give you awards and ceremonies and the 'wise' among us (super intellectuals) will pour praise upon you and worship the very ground you walk on.
Besides - how can you NOT like what he says, how can you NOT like the position of a Buddhist?
Yet, tell someone you're a "Born again believer in Jesus Christ, God's son", - and you're a crazy loon from mars.
And here we are - there you have it.