what do u think of the Dalai Lama??
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Posted 4/12/08
well i never really thought much about him like i always thought he is this peacful dude untill i saw this vid now i think he is a big ass hypocrite and y cant believe soo many celeb. goes to him for guidence no wonder they r all messed up

http://youtube.com/watch?v=vBaVplEI2CM
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The only things I only know about him, are the things that I saw in that Scorsese movie.
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Posted 4/12/08
NOT HOT!!!
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The ignorance here is appalling. A brief rebuttal of the points made by our good friend Penn Jillette, who's so qualified to make a social analysis of the Dalai Lama, a major spiritual and political leader, due to his vast credentials as - what, an illusionist?

Alright, the Dalai Lama was run out of his country when he was 18 years old. He spent less than a year in Tibet as an adult, meaning that pretty much the whole of his regency in Tibet was run by proxy - a proxy that was influenced by different factions, including a China-sympathetic faction that deliberately stirred up violence and discord to ensure that the PRC would have a swift and clear route to forceful annexation of the region.

Torture? Eye gouging? Please. Those practices did indeed exist in Tibet, as they did in East India, Southeast Asia, and parts of China, as well as places all over the world, not to mention medieval Europe. But, by the 1700's all such extreme punishment died out in Tibet, and if anything, it saw a revival in China with the rise of the PRC. See the execution of feudal lords, institutionalized rape of minors, brainwashing, politically administered famine leading to the death of millions, etc.

The Dalai Lama has shifted his position over the years to be more receptive to compromise. Though in a perfect world, he could be reinstated to full political power, but he's a practical man, and what he advocates is no longer full sovereignty or personal political control of Tibet. He's even willing to recognize it as part of China. He just wants a degree of autonomy for the Tibetan people, and freedom to govern their own lifestyles - an arrangement similar to the one that currently exists in Taiwan. As it is, China keeps tenuous control on the unwilling region through a barrage of propaganda and intimidation. When China invaded Tibet, they made a display of power by burning villages, beating women and children, and forcing monks and nuns to copulate with each other (anyone who knows ANYTHING about monastic Buddhism can tell you that heterosexual sex is considered the greatest transgression for clergy, along with, uh, MURDER). In fact, officers encouraged soldiers to engage in any hidden perversions, violent fantasies, etc. - the more, the better! It's a shame then, given such a brutal imperialist history, the Dalai Lama has had to conced any of his rightful power to the PRC, and it's absolutely ridiculous that the government tries to point HIM as the violent, unfair one.

Keep in mind, China still has a communist government. The fact that they've opened up to capitalism has increased living conditions, but it has also given citizens more open access to ideas of freedom and agency, meaning that the current administration's hold on power has become more and more slippery. Propaganda is pretty much the only means now for China to keep the image that a communist government works - meaning they're pretty much the masters of disinformation.

As for the Colorado Tibetan Buddhist guerilla camps (read those last five words one more time), I have just one word for Penn - BULLSHIT!
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Posted 4/13/08
good man, funy
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Posted 4/13/08
a old man that i know not of
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Posted 4/13/08
Don't know about him really, have the movie Seven Years in Tibet though haven't watched it all though. Also I guess he'd be nice like the Pope is dont know. I just think you should show him respect like a holy man.
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a bastard
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