Why the Dalai Lama is overrated

Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama. He’s a got worldwide cult of respect, and for what? Just what did he do to earn such respect? I don’t think he ever did anything. To me, he’s an alternative Pope, and not much better, even for being Buddhist (yeah, right). This is not against Tibetan Buddhism, just the Dalai Lama.

Think about this, he sure talks a lot about peace, freedom, and non-violence, but who the hell is he to talk? The Tibet he reigned over was a feudal theocracy in which slavery was not only legal, but serfs who abandoned their lords’ lands could be bound and mutilated as punishment. Also, he seems to me like another Pope, as I already said, since he tends to make a lot of recommendations for how to live your life. If only he lived life from our perspective though. He’s a Dalai Lama, he was probably groomed from birth or something like that. Whatever the case, he certainly didn’t live an ordinary life, and is unworthy giving us life advice, let alone from a religious pulpit. Furthermore, he outright banned veneration of a deity or dharmapala called Dorje Shugden, who is viewed as a protector of Dharma and an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri. Why? Just to control his followers. And in 2008, he was in support of a campaign to completely get rid of the practice of worshipping Dorje Shugden instigated by the Tibetan government. That’s just as bad as the pseudo-communist Chinese dictatorship who is denying Tibet its autonomy. Both suck.

A wrathful Dorje Shugden

Considering this, it seems odd, morally speaking, that the West would attack the theocracies of Iran, the Taliban, and other parts of the Middle East, while supporting a Tibetan theocracy under what is an ostensibly religious leader. This whole thing just takes a big, steaming dump on what Buddhism is actually about. That’s right, the Dalai Lama and his theocracy is completely at odds with Buddhism’s true principles and values, or even what the Buddha himself would have perscribed.

And yet this man gets sympathy from the West and gets vocal support from Hollywood actors like Richard Gere and Steven Seagal, and given numerous awards for his “spiritual and political career”, even getting the freaking Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Are you kidding me!? Why in the hell does a publicity-seeking theocrat who has done nothing for peace or Tibetan autonomy deserve any award for peace? Has the world gone mad?

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5 responses to “Why the Dalai Lama is overrated

  1. Well, the Dalai Lama has never experienced hardships, besides being exiled from Tibet. At least the Pope (like John Paul and Benedict) didn’t grow up in complete luxury.
    The Dalai Lama is always laughing. I’d be merry and laugh a lot too if I was rich and loved by millions of people. He doesn’t have a care in the world.
    I dislike Tantric Buddhism. I have grown to despise the Vajrayana schools, maybe excluding Shingon.
    The lamas and other gurus talk about how “dangerous” their teachings are and how it’s too dangerous for regular sheeple. But they go around and give initiations for hundreds of people, who they probably don’t know!
    I think I’ll just stick with Zen, with a sidecut of Theravada.

      • Yeah, have to agree with you there. It has everything I could want in a religion. Rituals, a complex assortment of deities, elaborate myths, etc. But I just dislike the lamas, gurus, hierarchies, etc. I feel the real reason for all this “secrecy” is that the lamas use it to keep themselves in power.
        I find Shingon tolerable enough. I agree with them on the Universal Buddha, Vairocana, for instance.
        But eventually, at the end, there is no need for these deities and all. Enlightenment is attainable by hard work and unswerving compassion. Not by esoteric rituals and praying to magical beings.

    • I’ve got to say this may be the first time I get treated to some music pertinent to the subject of my posts and originally made by a person commenting on said post. Not exactly my kind of music, but there’s some feeling in it. Thanks.

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