The Dalai Lama Goes to Washington

The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, spent five days in Washington this past week. He met with President … Continued

The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, spent five days in Washington this past week.

He met with President Bush and was presented the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest and most distinguished civilian award. He also visited a homeless shelter and spoke at a number of other events on such issues as climate, America and its role in the world, and the need for compassion in every life.

The following are excerpts of some of his remarks:

Remarks made Thursday in response to questions at an event sponsored by the Brookings Institution Asia Society and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


On Climate Change:

“In India where I live, the climate not more than 40 years, the climate pattern are changing. In early ’60s we used to have snowfall quite thick, but it did get less and less and less. So many bother India, the climate condition is now changing. But through the last, I think two years, there’s a big change. So this, according to the scientists, is due to the global warming. And the European continent also is experiencing some differences, the weather is changing. So it is very serious, and they look at those with big ice, and the north and the south, the amount of melting, also very, very serious. And snow mountain and glaciers in Tibet also is rapidly melting. So basically, of course I’m no expert. I have a serious concern about that. I think the whole galaxy and the solar system is moving, all of it’s moving.

“But anyway, after a few billions or so years our sun also will disappear, so that’s the end of the whole world, isn’t it? So not much is – from that perspective it’s not much use, is it, to fight my interest, your interest, my place, your place, my religion, your religion – it’s silly. Think more whole planet, and 6 billion community; consider as one entity. Much happier – much reasonable. I’m always telling people the very concept of real days no longer relevant today’s world. So anyway, so the whole universe that’s changing. So I think getting warmer, I think with that velocity is changing…

“So it is everybody’s responsibility, I think – responsibility and out of evidence. So I think immediate people, I think more important role than religious leader – tell people. They are our responsibility – or dangerous, of this delicate situation about the environment, than how to take diversity measures of individual family, individual person. I think it’s important…

“Then, American lifestyle, I think, always consume, consume. Maybe think more, then this also is related with the gap, rich and poor. In our audience, maybe some billionaire – so the number of billionaires increasing, the poor people still living poor, and sometimes even poorer, even within the country, is very sad. It’s not only morally wrong but practically also is a sort of problem.”

On Burma:

“Of course, very, very sad. And this crisis, recent crisis happened – actually, I was in Europe. I saw some pictures of Buddhist monk, like Tibetan monks robe – Maroon color – Maroon color and monk receiving stick from police, very sad, very sad. Then their purpose, an open society or democracy, very right.

“So are they, military junta, unfortunately, I think they are quite – looks is a very disturbing. I think lack of vision, future, is simply think about their present power, which is very narrow-minded in their thinking. So, I think the outside world have the responsibility of making better awareness to these people. So constant appeal or persuasion is very, very necessary. I think many in the United Nations, they are doing that and many think it’s good. And my contact Aung San Suu Kyi yes, I have few communication. Then the monk demonstrators I have no valid contact – no valid contact.”

On America:

“We have the view or impression America is champion of democracy, liberty, freedom. And then eventually, I myself witnessed that. That is greatness of America. I think even the stature, the administration, the Congress, Houses – it seems to me I think the power is divided, is balanced. I think this already is wonderful, wonderful. And then American public, I usually have found very easy to communicate. So therefore, I think your economy power and also military power, I think American spirit, I think really great, and you can promote that. And I commend it. I think that’s very, very important.

“Then I think in 1972, when Bangladesh crisis happened, then is East Pakistan. The American government, at that time, we got the impression, a little bit tilted towards Pakistan…

“Then you see in Asia losing some respect. Previously, we always believed all, really gentle friend of freedom, democracy, rule of law. But during that period, America supporting military dictator, military junta, it’s sad. Such things are, I think very, very damaging image of America. So we see it as, in some countries, in Asia and often Middle East, and I think even Africa, sometimes, I think due to certain policy I think great damage, the image of America.
I often visit – expressing some of my public talk in Europe and other countries like President Bush. Some of his policy, you see, I have some reservation. But as a person, very nice person. I love him. I’m serious, a few locations in Europe I expressed that on my sort of, representative there, a little bit question because in Europe, many Europeans dislike President Bush. I like him. Well, I don’t, oh. And this kind of a person called from the American society, liberal, open, very straightforward, very nice. So that’s my impression.

“So I – of course now, this is none my business, I think your business. I think America, American foreign policy, I think number two; and the number one, I think, should keep your ancestors because of the principles: democracy, liberty, freedom, rule of law. I think these are very, very important.

“Sometimes you may gain or you may lose temporary gain, but long run these principles are very, very important. And anyway, America is the most powerful democratic country. Then, next to India, most populated democratic country. I think these two countries have, I think, great important role to serve humanity, to bring humanity more happier, more equal, more peaceful. That’s ideal.”

On Compassion:

“So read more – analyze more the value of compassion, warm-heartedness and destructiveness about anger, hatred. Now, here there is not only a question of peace of mind, but even physical well-being, constant anger, jealousy, fear, hesitation, very bad for our health. Some scientist, she told me the anger, strong anger and hatred actually eating our inner system. The compassion brings inner strength. That brings piece of mind. That is very, very – very, very important to strengthen or sustain our inner system.

“And then I think regarding our daily life, if one day we lost – sort of very strong temper, anger, then hold your mood – remain very bad, then at night, you still suffer. Isn’t it? No? That is also is a digestion also eventually suffer. Perhaps you may rely more on alcohol – one glass, two glass, three glass, four glass, and then mad like that. Very bad for your health. So genuine peace of mind in order to get – peace of mind through drugs or through this use is nonsense.

“We have, by birth, we have equipped to counter this negative destructive emotion. But nature we all have. So thinking on these lines, then you develop conviction, full conviction in inner world, particularly emotional world, there are destructive emotions, construction emotions. Clear evidence that life is of taking care about our health. Similarly, other evidence taking care of our inner world – (inaudible). So that is the way. Then on top of that, if someone – believer, then pray to God. Give more blessing in the form of compassion. And wonderful. If that even fail, it doesn’t matter; you’re already making effort.”

Remarks during his visit Thursday to the N Street Village, a shelter for homeless women. During the visit, he met a group of women who are learning meditation under the guidance of DC-based American Buddhist nun, Ani Tenzin Lhamo.

“When I heard [about your situation], my first reflection was that I am also homeless. So then I immediately felt it is my moral responsibility for me to meet [you] and share some of [your] feelings and experience. At least in shaking hands. Buddhist monks are not allowed to kiss!…But physical touch [is important] and holding hands can sometimes make both sides feel comfortable and calm. We are all human beings, physically, mentally and emotionally. We all have the same rights. It can be lonely, difficult, to manage in society today. At age 16, I lost my freedom. At age 34, I lost my country. I am now 72 years old. Things are difficult but we must never shake our hope and our determination. This is essential. We need self-confidence. In the meantime we human beings have two hands, which means that we must work hard. In order for our actions to be beneficial to others, we must act from compassion. Our motivations become constructive and meaningful.

“Material development [in society] is very important, but this produces only physical comfort and not mental comfort. Mental comfort only emerges from human compassion and love. We all have the same potential to feel peace. Deep inside all of us there is courage, self-confidence, will-power, the capability to take care of others.

“In the USA are many poor families, and a major income gap. This gap between people is not only morally wrong, but it is also a source of problems, [and this has been particularly evident] since September 11. Islam is one of the great religious traditions of the world, and its teachings are also about love and compassion. Some of my Muslim friends tell me that people [terrorists] claim to be Muslims, but how can they be, when they are creating bloodshed? One Muslim Imam told me that according to his interpretation, Islam is not only about love and respect for human beings but also about respect for all sentient beings [like Buddhism].

“We are all human beings on this planet, and we are all dependent on each other. It benefits no one to create barriers and division. All human beings are like brothers and sisters, and must realize our common interests. I am very moved to be here.”

“Material development [in society] is very important, but this produces only physical comfort and not mental comfort. Mental comfort only emerges from human compassion and love. We all have the same potential to feel peace. Deep inside all of us there is courage, self-confidence, will-power, the capability to take care of others.

“In the USA are many poor families, and a major income gap. This gap between people is not only morally wrong, but it is also a source of problems, [and this has been particularly evident] since September 11. Islam is one of the great religious traditions of the world, and its teachings are also about love and compassion. Some of my Muslim friends tell me that people [terrorists] claim to be Muslims, but how can they be, when they are creating bloodshed? One Muslim Imam told me that according to his interpretation, Islam is not only about love and respect for human beings but also about respect for all sentient beings [like Buddhism].

“We are all human beings on this planet, and we are all dependent on each other. It benefits no one to create barriers and division. All human beings are like brothers and sisters, and must realize our common interests. I am very moved to be here.”

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet. Since 1959, he has been living in Dharamsala, in northern India, the seat of the Tibetan government in exile. Read his “Vision for a Compassionate Future” in Outlook. Watch excerpts of his remarks.

  • Kacoo

    Tenzin Gyatso is quoted above as saying he likes America’s military power.”I think your economy power and also military power, I think American spirit, I think really great, and you can promote that. And I commend it. I think that’s very, very important.”I hope he’s just not another puppet despot that is seeking to have the Pentagon install him into power. Why can’t he renounce violence like Ghandi and set an example of peace?

  • pinto

    I think the Dalai Lama is a liitle bit goofy nut.

  • Lucifer

    Western nations have taken the material to its extreme,as within an short period,severe damage done to the planet,that it be unable to sustain human life.The result there being little doubt, all having vacate mother earth for period till it heals as renews itself,only then resume our spiritual development.It not that humanity has not made progress,it having made great progress, in material as spiritual development. yet much learning,as yet to be done,which but critical if our home journey end in attaining enlightenment.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone asked the president which gave him the biggest thrill his audience with the Dalai Lama or kneeling before the pope? Don’t tell me his all time big thrill was Pat Robertson’s visit to the white house. Did Pat stoop to letting the president use his “cell phone to God”? I suppose the situation is pretty bad alright.

  • Truth

    The Dalai Lama is perhaps the worst fraud perpetrated upon the world this century. I live in America and am appalled by all the adoration toward this fraud. He has strong ties to Nazis, convicted terrorists, convicted Nazi war criminals and convicted mass murderers. He used to take millions to raise an army to fight the Chinese (” a man of peace”, indeed!). He supports nuclear testing and the war in Iraq. He was un-democratically appointed and ran a medieval Tibet with slaves and brutality. The evidence of this can be easily seen on the internet by just googling: Dalai Lama, Hitler. Can someone tell me what is so holy about this fool they call the Dalai Lama?

  • Truth

    The Dalai Lama is perhaps the worst fraud perpetrated upon the world this century. I live in America and am appalled by all the adoration toward this fraud. He has strong ties to Nazis, convicted terrorists, convicted Nazi war criminals and convicted mass murderers. He used to take millions to raise an army to fight the Chinese (” a man of peace”, indeed!). He supports nuclear testing and the war in Iraq. He was un-democratically appointed and ran a medieval Tibet with slaves and brutality. The evidence of this can be easily seen on the internet by just googling: Dalai Lama, Hitler. Can someone tell me what is so holy about this fool they call the Dalai Lama?

  • Reality

    Intelligent, thinking, and sane people of this world understand that the Dalai Lama is a great soul! This is demonstrated by him being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal. Don’t forget, the Tibetan people are still suffering under Chinese rule and the situation is becoming worse. A reality that the Chinese government is fighting hard to hide from the outside world!

  • Reality

    Intelligent, thinking, and sane people of this world understand that the Dalai Lama is a great soul! This is demonstrated by him being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal. Don’t forget, the Tibetan people are still suffering under Chinese rule and the situation is becoming worse. A reality that the Chinese government is fighting hard to hide from the outside world!

  • BGone

    JOZEVZ, are you sure about Mit. Mit is Tim spelled backwards. Ya know what that means?Have you given Ron Paul a really close look? He’s going to solve all the problems by ending all those entitlements like SS, (has more than one meaning) medicare, income tax, and much more. He may be going to outlaw the government altogether, pass the “last” bill on the hill. Now we’re getting somewhere, a candidate that’s so honest he’s running on an “impeach me” platform.McCain has become a Baptist, reasons unknown, and says the war has been poorly managed. So there you have the one candidate who has the greatest possible insight combined with the ability to grossly understate the situation.And how about Thompson? He’s not acting. Honest. He’s really that inept. Fits perfectly well with the country club crowd. Wait until they find out the bank holding their millions insured to one hundred grand has gone BK. Homeric! Biblical even, “cursing and gnashing of teeth.”The only candidate that can beat Hillary is old “balance the budget” Bill and he’s not qualified, on morals grounds, I think.”What this country needs is a good 5 cent cigar.” What! Tobacco is outlawed? Not by the evangelicals.Will Jesus please come on down and claim the kingdom of God before Allah takes over. What do you mean the Dalai Lama is the republicans choice for that? What happened to Billy, the pope and Pat Robertson?

  • Paganplace

    Kacoo:”"I think your economy power and also military power, I think American spirit, I think really great, and you can promote that. And I commend it. I think that’s very, very important.”"I hope he’s just not another puppet despot that is seeking to have the Pentagon install him into power.”That’s hardly what this appears to be saying: this piece was clearly dictated, and I think you’re connecting two different thoughts. Just recently, he’s been trying to negotiate with China for some cultural autonomy for the people of Tibet, while cooperating with China on other counts… though I don’t know how much I expect out of China on this count.

  • ann

    I continue to be inspired by the Dalai Lama’s clear vision of compassion and insight into the events of this world. Reading his comments durning his visit to our county instills a deep sense of calm within my being inwhich I inspire to bring into my everyday life in hopes to be a beneficial presence among the suffering of this life.

  • truthagain

    Truth:You sound soo Chinese, if not mouthing the chinese proganda.

  • ann

    I continue to be inspired by the Dalai Lama’s clear vision of compassion and insight into the events of this world. Reading his comments during his visit to our county instills a deep sense of calm within my being inwhich I inspire to bring into my everyday life in hopes to be a beneficial presence among the suffering of this life.

  • JA JAZ

    WOW!

  • BGone

    JOZEVZ, live it up kid. WW3 is under way.ann, Dalai Lama said it. The pope patented it. And it makes us all feel real good. Now if we could only get about a hundred million Catholics, 900 million protestants and a billion Muslims to do it. What you ask? Yall behave yo selves now ya heah.China is the only safe place left on earth and our illustrious leaders want to turn it over to the Dalai Lama. Of course, as Nero fiddled while Rome burned Bush holds the evangelical line.Good luck to one and all.

  • sammer muhammad

    Re: Bgone

  • Anonymous

    Dear TRUTH,It would be a strange holy man indeed who would not talk to sinners. Even the Pope manages that much, and he is more an exalted church man than a holy man. Holiness is not to judge that this one or this thing is good that other is evil, as in the Christian framework. Holiness in the Buddhist framework is to see that we are a single entity beyond either good or evil, and to make suggestions for the health and happiness of that entity. I find that spirit very much whenever I encounter the words of the Dalai Lama.Let us contrast your words, which are filled with hatred.

  • Eclatarians Unite

    Harry Theriault was a Federal prisoner incarcerated for various offenses who founded his own prison-based religious order, the Church of the New Song—conveniently acronymed CONS—but which he also called the “Eclatarian” faith. He claimed that while housed in the lockdown facility in Marion, Illinois he experienced visions of a force known as “Eclat” who instructed him to found the new religious order. He acquired a Doctor of Divinity certificate through mail order, and appointed a friend and fellow inmate as the First Revelation Minister. Theriault appointed himself the “Bishop of Tellus.” He and his First Minister proceeded to file a series of First Amendment actions against the Bureau of Prisons and the chaplaincy service for failing to provide them with the means and opportunity to practice their faith—a faith which coincidentally required a substantially improved diet, free access to open meeting facilities for all believers and the freedom to conduct seminars designed to “destroy the prison system, the people in the prison system, the people in the parole system, the people in government in general, the judiciary,” et. cetera. As word of the new faith spread through the Federal prison system, new believers were added to the suit. This process was facilitated by Theriault’s own travels through the prison system; at various times he was held in at least three different states due to his threats of mass violence and murder, destruction of prison property and assaults against correctional officials. In spite of Theriault’s own testimony that the Eclatarian faith began as a “game”, the U.S. District Court in Georgia ordered the Bureau to allow him to have access to a chapel or auditorium to hold services. Before this could be accomplished Theriault was soon back in solitary confinement for destroying his cell and assaulting a correctional supervisor. Prison officials were held in contempt for failing to provide services, and the District Court ordered Theriault’s release from disciplinary segregation. He was transferred to a Federal penitentiary in Texas. Once there, he filed again in Texas Federal court for access to the prison chapel. The petition, now expanded to include 166 prisoners, was quickly dismissed by the U.S. Court of Appeals but Theriault had nine others pending at various stages of litigation. Eventually the Church of the New Song was excluded from First Amendment protection on the grounds that this amendment was not intended to protect “so-called religions which…are obviously shams and absurdities and whose members are patently devoid of religious sincerity.”

  • frank collins

    you are talking to the wrong people go tell the islamics that – they are the ones with a cult of death that demands world conquest or death to those who will not convet to islam.

  • frank collins

    you are talking to the wrong people go tell the islamics that – they are the ones with a cult of death that demands world conquest or death to those who will not convet to islam.

  • bruce w. haupt

    We are not fighting over ‘religion.’It is only in very recent times, where anything but religion was controlling on this planet. Tibet is surely a perfect example of this.European plutocracies [the Vatican perhaps excepted] have all vanished, at least at a formal level, over the last several hundred years. This point was made to President Clinton in his official journey to China — making China thus appear to be the ‘liberator’ and ‘the good guy.’ Now that China and Tibet were traditional historical adversaries, rather than Tibet being a former legitimate vassal state of China is hard to ignore.So you must now ‘win from within,’ since China is not going anywhere quickly — apparently.

  • BGone

    sammer muhammad:It’s absolutely wonderful that Muslims like Christians await the return of Jesus to claim His throne, kingdom of God, earth. Have you decided who will run the kingdom of God while we wait for Jesus? You have many Christians with an eye on that highly profitable prize. Democracies are so counter to the kingdom of God, don’t you think?And, wasn’t it was really big of Mr Bush to include mosques in his 9-11-2001 statement, “go to your churches, temples, synagogues and mosques and pray”? You’re not sore about mosques coming last on his list are you?

  • someone somewhere in the world

    Mr. “Truth”: you exhale hatred through every single word you write. You also display tremendous ignorance: how can one claim that googling up the internet is evidence of anything? Do you have an idea of how many people write whatever they wish and post it for others to read?

  • brian mcc, the arctic

    If the 2nd coming came tomorrow, screams of ‘crucify him’ will reverberate a 2000 year echo. Some of these comments do not bear in mind that Dalai Lama, if not enlightened, has seen visions of it. ‘The whole galaxy and solar system is moving…the velocity is changing…consume, consume-think more…rich and poor…is very sad.’

  • Paganplace

    Sooooo….. Wherever this ill-edited transcription of what HHDL said came from…. Doesn’t really change much for most, I see. He was trying to be nice to Bush, get it? That’s not particularly easy. :)

  • brian mcc, the arctic

    There’s a challenge for the WAPOST on faith elite. Give us an unedited submission by Dalai Lama, no questions, just discourse. If his holiness feels response to this forum is in the interests of mankind, should we be so fortunate.

  • VICTORIA

    this isnt edited, when the dalai lama speaks to americans or english speaking people, his speech i sin tibet, then translated into english- but he reads his own words himself. he is right- conflict is always about competing interests.

  • konchog

    The Dalai Lama speaks a bit of English, but he normally relies on a translator when discussing anything of any complexity at all. He’s given so many lucid and even brilliant talks that it seems kind of a shame that the one thing that “On Faith” selects to print is something like this where he’s just touching on a few passing subjects in his own broken English.For example, when he “commends” American power, he simply means that American power is important to world stability and that it should be used responsibly and not recklessly, as he’s said a number of times in other contexts. If he’d been speaking through a translator instead of trying to express himself in a non-native language, the nuance wouldn’t have been lost as it has been here.

  • Siddarth

    Dalai Lama spoke wisdom. The kind of wisdom that we need. However, in the process of delivering his wisdom, he mis-spoke about Islam. That Islam is a about Love and peace. I just would like to know when did this happen? When was Islam delivered love and peace? Islam is always about sword, violence, rape, injustice and about chaos. How come such a learned intellect can mis spoke such a fundamental truth about History? Islamic history is all about violence, nothing but violence and chaos.

  • VICTORIA

    thank you konchog

  • Mariano [email protected]

    Yonkers, New YorkI am struck by the Dalai Lama’s assertion that one day our sun will die–(which is that point in time when its store of hydrogen and helium run out)–and of course, sucking into it practically all of the planets as well as much of the debris now orbiting it!All living things on planet earth, meaning all fauna and flora, will die as a matter of course when Earth, some 5 billion earth years into the future, will be swallowed by our sun going through its “death” throes.A religious personage, the Dalai Lama’s statement is quite striking, actually shocking, because one would expect him not to utter a scientific truth, but instead to dwell on transcendence and on an afterlife.The scientific truth is that all matter in our Universe is subject to a Natural Law of Cycles: birth, growth, adolescence, maturity, decline and death.Even as I write these lines, stars (like our sun) are being created out of stellar dust. From birth those stars move irresistibly through the linear cycle of growth, adolescence, maturity, decline and death.As with our solar system, so it will be with galaxies, and with clusters of galaxies.That’s just the way the cosmic ball bounces.

  • Soja John Thaikattil, Sydney, Australia

    Anyone who has known His Holiness The Dalai Lama personally or read his thoughts would know that he is not being playing politics when he expresses compassion for all. He lives the Buddhist principles to the highest degree, walks his talk and lives what he preaches. Anyone may go to Dharamsala in India and visit him and his people there, to verify that. (Although I have not been in Dharamsala myself, I spent two days in the company of a team from Dharamsala – his late personal physician, Dr Tenzin Choedrak, and the team Dr Choedrak travelled with. I felt so blessed to share their company!)We live in an interdependent global village now. HH The Dalai Lama is pointing to a fact that we need to pay urgent attention to – not to fight about religions, but look for dialogue and co-operation and make a genuine attempt to learn from the other and work harmoniously with all for the benefit of all human beings.My own understanding of religions from personal experience is that the convergence of religions come at the level of mystics. All religions are a way to God but the paths are distinct, like the fingers on the hand that converge in the palm. Buddhism has a special appeal because there is no god image to cause divisions, so anyone from any religion may learn the Buddhist principles to deal with suffering in this world, while retaining their core religious beliefs. Shankaracharya has been blamed for integrating Buddhist thought into Hinduism to reconvert Indian Buddhists back to Hinduism. Many Catholic priests have successfully integrated Buddhist principles with their Christian beliefs. It is well known that Tibetan Buddhists are geniuses when it comes to the study of the mind since many have devoted much time to the study with scientific vigor. I wish HH The Dalai Lama a long and healthy life! I do wish fervently that his vision and effort to work out peace and reconciliation with China for Tibetan autonomy, will come true in his lifetime. The Nobel Peace Prize, and now the recognition in the US is well deserved! India is lucky to have him, although I share The Dalai Lama’s grief about being forced to live in exile in India for nearly half a century. Soja John Thaikattil

  • Very Very Peeved

    Gandhi – Born as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. His last name is spelled – GANDHI – not as Ghadni or Ghandi or any other variation you may care to make up. I think the man of peace deserves at least this much respect (by getting his spelling correct).I know not everyone can pronounce his full name. But please, get off your high horses and learn to respect people who have proven through their deeds that they are much much better than you.You can call me *nal, or stupid or whatever. I dont care. But I do care when someone butchers a good man’s name just because they are too lazy to learn how to spell.

  • Rick

    The Realist stated my view perfectly on another thread, so I hope s/he doesn’t object to my copying that post here:”Personally I have enormous respect for the Dalai Lama, not because he has a fancy title, but because compared to other religious leaders, what he says tends to be useful and to make sense. When other religious leaders are preaching obscure dogmatic nonsense and bigotry, the Dalai Lama is preaching love, compassion and understanding.The biggest difference between the Dalai Lama and other religious leaders is that the Dalai Lama would agree that he is not above criticism, and he does not claim any divine authority. He has earnt my respect, not demanded it.Though I’m not a believer, and I’m not a Buddhist, I think if there were a lot more people like the Dalai Lama in the world, we wouldn’t have all of the problems we have in the world today.”

  • Christopher W. Chase

    I have a sense that if someone needs to randomly capitalize and post stream-of-consciousness gibberish and is unable/unwilling to write clear and complete sentences, they probably aren’t making nearly as much a contribution to this discussion as s/he could be. Not to mention attempting to tie H.H. to Nazism (without any citations or evidence).

  • rohit

    Who did the translation of the Dalai Lama’s remarks? Was it a person or a computer? I think it is better to have a translation by someone who actually knows the English language. This man is too important to subject him to such an awful translation. Just look at the very first sentence: “In India where I live, the climate not more than 40 years, the pattern are changing.”

  • Anonymous

    OmmmmmmmmmmmmmAuuuuuuummmmmm

  • SMCM ’10

    HH the Dalai Lama almost always speaks to English-speaking audiences in Tibetan, but I was told (though I wasn’t able to listen to any of the talks) that he spoke in English while making these particular remarks. I doubt the Washington Post would allow a translation as broken as this to stand as the only record of the Dalai Lama’s words.Despite the fact that much of the passage is in semi-broken English, I believe that his dignity, calm, and compassion shine through his grammatical errors. I’m in awe of his pure love for humanity.

  • indeed

    When it comes to religious leaders, even more than political leaders, it seems we think we need to agree with everything they do and say, or disagree with everything they do or say. One or the other. This is not true. The fact is, most leaders, the Dalai Lama included I think, wouldn’t tell you that you need to agree with them. They’d probably just ask for others to listen, with an OPEN mind, and decide what they think. It’s not that complicated, really.As for the anti-DL diatribers above, nobody’s buying it, so give it a rest.

  • indeed

    When it comes to religious leaders, even more than political leaders, it seems we think we need to agree with everything they do and say, or disagree with everything they do or say. One or the other. This is not true. The fact is, most leaders, the Dalai Lama included I think, wouldn’t tell you that you need to agree with them. They’d probably just ask for others to listen, with an OPEN mind, and decide what they think. It’s not that complicated, really.

  • Get Centered

    It’s nice to see a leader, religious or otherwise speaking in terms of hope. It’s nice to see and hear someone allow him or herself to be positive and hopeful about the future of the world. I’m no Buddhist but I think this guy is 100% correct when he speaks about how if the people of world were to think of themselves as brothers and sisters, we all really would have a better world. In our politicized and polarized society it is important for us to here a message of compassion and collaboration. Based on the many hateful and out of place messages on this forum I’d say this country has allot of healing to do. I think of the Dali Lama as a “philosophical educator”; something the United States LACKS ENTIRELY!!! Buddhism has been around for thousands more years than any other religion. I think the strength of the Buddhist philosophy is its foundation in LOGIC. Now, because the US is such a powerful nation, if we could get OUR leaders to use logic first the world can be a better place almost instantly.I thank the Dali Lama for having the courage and conviction to come the United States with his message of tolerance and compassion. The Dali Lamas message is the opposite of, “divide and conquer”.

  • M. Stratas

    Americans are such a conundrum. You are so easily led by what appears to be “good” or kind-hearted like the Dalai Lama who might or might not be truly good. And then, you are so easy to go to war and bomb weak countries at the say so of your leader because certain people of that wmall country want to kill Americans. Bush could use the Dalai as another one of his props as a do-gooder just as he uses troops and newly-minted American heroes who fought and died in Iraq and Afghanistan. If I were the Dalai, I would be very careful about being used for propaganda either by America or supporters. After Bush & his politicization of everything in society, it is better to be cynical and skeptical.

  • Red Wave

    I have always been supportive of the Dalai Lama and the plight of the people of Tibet. However, I was disappointed when I read in one of his many books that he thinks homosexuality is wrong, as well as oral sex, because it is dirty. I think many people would be surprised to read this and see how close-minded he really is. I think because of the celebrity support and sound bite nature of our society, many do not truly understand how their “heros” may share some of the beliefs of those they consider villains. Love is love. As soon as you start judging such expressions, you become less and less a source of an inspiration for human rights and freedom.

  • fzdybel

    Actually, all of Buddhist orthodoxy says homosexual behavior is to be avoided. So you can say the Dalai Lama thinks homosexuality is wrong, but just as if you had said the Pope thinks divorce is wrong, there is much more there in terms of culture and precedent than merely the beliefs of a prelate.The Dalai Lama is a product of his culture, as is Buddhism entirely, and it is a different culture than our own. This being the case, we must pick and choose what is apposite. The Dalai Lama offers much of that!Looking for the perfect person or path to follow, you will never find the way.

  • VICTORIA

    REDWAVE- i think one might also take into account that he is a celibate monk after all.

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