The Dalia Lama
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Posted 10/26/07
So I got to see the Dalai Lama today.

He gave a talk at my university. Anyone who reads my religious rants on this board are aware that I'm rather anti-religous, but this man impressed me. In fact, I'd say there was very little he said that I didn't agree with. He emphasized the importance of peace and unconditional compassion, not based on religious values but rather by simply being human for the benefit of the whole. I also loved how he related his ideas not only to things that happen in nature, but also by actual scientific findings. He never really referred much to his own religion at all, he seemed to try to bypass it and go straight to the heart of the matter, to communicate on a level above that.

He also exuded a sense of warmth that's kind of hard to explain. It was easy to forget about his stature while listening to him. Even though it was a very large crowd, he was very informal and friendly. Early on he (literally) kicked off his shoes and sat cross legged in the chair they had set up for him. He said "For Buddhist monk, this most comfortable way to sit."

Honest to god, between the pearls of wisdom, broken english, kindly manners, informality, occasional wisecracks followed by his deep chuckle he really reminded me of Yoda. It didn't hit me till afterwards though.

For anyone not aware of who the Dalai Lama is, go here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalai_lama
(general information about what the position is)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/14th_Dalai_Lama
(information on the current Dalai Lama)

http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007b/071026P-PurdueDalai.html
(very brief description of event I was at today)

Anyone else here have an opportunity to see or hear him?

Any particular opinions about him in general, or the occupation of Tibet for which he is so well known?
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I JUST BOUGHT HIS BOOK. I love him, he's so sweet.
I'm actually anti-religious too (its complicated) but I agree with him as well. You are so LUCKY!

In my opinion, its really corrupted in Tibet. They kick him out because he symbolizes peace. It's horrible and I hope someday they will allow him to return to give his people hope they need.
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Well, as I have no religious affiliations, I don't believe or understand how they pick a new Dalia Lama from a young child after the old one passes on.

I guess it is admirable to some because he's campaigning passionately for what he believes in. Wasn't he recognised by a Nobel Peace Prize sometime ago??
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Posted 10/26/07

GinLimeTonic wrote:

Well, as I have no religious affiliations, I don't believe or understand how they pick a new Dalia Lama from a young child after the old one passes on.

I guess it is admirable to some because he's campaigning passionately for what he believes in. Wasn't he recognised by a Nobel Peace Prize sometime ago??


He received a nobel peace prize back in 1989 I beleive.
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I saw a movie about the dahli lamma.
It was kinda wierd in my opinion. I don't believe ppl reincarnate because I am christian.
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LONG LIVE HIS HOLINESS THE 14TH DALAI LAMA...Everytime i see him, my eyes fills with tear..I am glad that he got congrassional medal..am a buddhist and i believe in reincarnation..he's our leader and god
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What's the diff between this guy and Gandhi?
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