The Dalai Lama’s final betrayal

With a fit of PC, the Lalai Lama is retiring and taking down the theocracy with him:

“It has nothing to do with resignation, or health reasons, only with insight,” he said in a recent interview with SPIEGEL in the French city of Toulouse, where he was giving lectures on Buddhism, before traveling to Germany this week as the guest of the Hessian state government in the western city of Wiesbaden. “I have taken a close look at all forms of government. A democratic parliament with an elected prime minister is the only modern and functioning one. Monarchy: yesterday. Theocracy: from the day before yesterday. I believe in the separation of church and state. But what sort of a hypocrite would I be if I didn’t draw any conclusions from this realization?”

For centuries, the Dalai Lama was, in the opinion of the overwhelming majority of Tibetans, both the secular and spiritual leader of his people. The current holder of the office already introduced democratic structures while in exile, but they were reforms from the top down, and he always had the last word. Now he has resigned from his secular duties, including his right to dismiss ministers and shape the course of negotiations with Beijing. He also intends to significantly reduce his spiritual duties and address the search for a successor — “male or female,” as he says….

The curtain has fallen. A theocracy is coming to an end, and it is doing so peacefully and without bloodshed. A god is going into retirement.

So the one person charged with preserving the Tibetan constitution has decided to shelf it, chucking his country’s entire political (not to mention spiritual) tradition and turning his country into yet one more copy of England.  Does he imagine that the theocratic monarchy was his private property?  What else would give him the right to abolish it?

The Spiegel writer then goes on to remind us what an odious religion Buddhism is:

Buddhism has become the fashionable religion, from Los Angeles to London, just as the monk Padmasambhava predicted more than 1,200 years ago: “When the iron bird flies, when horses run on wheels, the king will come to the land of the red man.” The Germans are particularly enamored of Tibetan Buddhism, with their dozens of Tibetan centers and tens of thousands of Dalai Lama disciples, who see the Asian faith as the most appealing world religion, and one that generally does not look down on people of other faiths. It preaches peacefulness instead of inquisition, persuasion through meditation instead of missionary evangelism and the hope of attaining Nirvana instead of the threat of jihad, and it treats guilt and sin as concepts from a different, more punishing religious tradition and man as the sole creator of his own fate. What could possibly be wrong with that?

Yes, I just can’t imagine what might go wrong with abolishing people’s sense of guilt for evil actions.  (H.T. Alte)

11 Responses

  1. Buddhism in its Western variant (and the Dalai Lama caved into that Western variant) is virulently PC and basically exists to self-affirm the contemporary “progressive” West by giving some people a “spirituality” that they can bend to their own uses, and mold to their own “progressive” prejudices — a man-centric cult of the self fueled by the deceptive nihilism of Buddhist meditation.

    I’m beginning to agree with you that Islam is going to be a needed ally for orthodox Christians in the West. Buddhism is small, but as it is becoming popular among the elite, it will become an enemy of the religion of God, for certain.

  2. The irony is that the Buddha never existed. He is purely a religious legend. There is no historicity to the figure whatever. I’m happy to say that I have google’s number 1 search result on this topic, and the word is starting to get out

  3. This is pretty amusing.

  4. Hi Brendan,

    This is also my opionion of Buddhism. Certainly Western Buddhism is the worst, but it only serves the purposes of the Western elite because there’s something fundamentally wrong with it to begin with.

  5. Hi Justin,

    This is an interesting theory you have, and I’m impressed by the research you did for it. Still, ancient Indian records are poor enough that I don’t think we can say anything definite from the fact that some character isn’t mentioned in it. (I’m really surprised that there isn’t a lot of clear evidence, though. It does seem odd that Buddhism was supposedly such a powerful force in India and then vanished without a trace. Where does the standard story come from?) Perhaps it’s just the romantic in me, but I ilike to imagine that all legends are based on something real.

  6. It is not just that he wasn’t mentioned in the sparse literature. There was nothing, no art, no religious movement, nothing. The moment Buddhism appears in history, it appears full-spectrum, in literature, art, architecture, missionary activities, as we would expect. The problem is, that was post 100 A.D. Here is the payoff paragraph from part 3 of the series:

    These historical facts empirically demonstrate when Buddhism was actually invented. Religions don’t get invented, disappear for 600 years, then suddenly appear in art, architecture, writing, and sociological force, after leaving no record of their existence for the majority of a millennium. In fact, corroborated by lots of historical evidence, Buddhism first appeared among the Greeks in India in the late first century A.D., where it suddenly burst forth in art, architecture, scripture, and missionary activity throughout Central Asia and China.

  7. We should still remember that it is only Islamic heretics who argue that it is religious virtue to mass kill civilians or have carnal knowledge of one’s prepubescent wife. The traditional Buddhist believes no such thing.

  8. This is not to defend the Dalai Lama’s more progressive statements, but simply to suggest that Buddhism is less of a problem than Islam.

  9. Yes, I too, like Brendan am realizing that our future depends on our alliances with Muslims, Confucians, and pagans(not secularists but real pagans).

  10. “It does seem odd that Buddhism was supposedly such a powerful force in India and then vanished without a trace. Where does the standard story come from?) Perhaps it’s just the romantic in me, but I ilike to imagine that all legends are based on something real.”

    Well, I’d say that Buddhism did put India on a path to ruin when it forced the Indians to abandon their Indo-Iranians gods and take up a mentality of weakness.

    However, you are right. I also believe that all religions, in some capacity or another have been able to grasp the greater metaphysical truth, but none have done it at the same level of Christianity.

  11. […] also has the same opinion I do of the Dalai Lama’s decision to inflict democracy on his people: Interestingly, I note that […]

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