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Posted 4/5/15
I think its worth noting that while the current Dalai Lama is indeed very politicized, I think he did so to save both his people and his culture after the failed uprising for independance in '59. Had he not become the superstar he is today, or the global face of Bhuddism, there might not have a Tibet left for us to talk about, let alone their culture. The Chinese government simply seeks to assert its authority and influence over the land and peoples that it considers part of China as a whole.
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AiYumega wrote:


Here, I'll offend myself and my religion to even it out.



I doubt any practicing Christian would offend his/her own religion so flippantly.
All you have to do is apologise when you do something wrong.
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The great Catholic thinker G.K. Chesterton once said that

It is the test if a good religion whether you can joke about it

I don't agree with blasphemy but I do like a good Catholic joke every now and then.
Check out the Catholic Memes page on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/CatholicMemebase

Happy Easter to all Christians !
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"Hello, China's officially atheist government would like to meddle with your religious affairs."
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A joke is a joke, nothing more.
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The crazy thing is that the Chinese government controls Catholics through the "Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association". The association appoints bishops and implements changes without the approval of the Holy See.
The Catholics who recognize the Pope are forced to practice their faith in secret and their clergy are jailed for defying the state.
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SweetPerplexity wrote:

Read Report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-31846098

Quick overview:

The exiled Dalai Lama has been labelled as a traitor as he has suggested that he might not have a successor, it would be better to end on a popular Dalai Lama rather than be replaced by a poor one.

Instead he has put in place a system for electing a political leader for the Tibetan community while in exile.

However, China said they want to choose the next Dalai Lama and it's not the Dalai Lama's choice to be the last Dalai Lama.

"Politically speaking, he has betrayed his homeland… The reincarnation of the Dalai Lama must be approved by the central government," Zhu Weiqun (the head of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the national political advisory body) says, adding that the spiritual leader had also "betrayed Tibetan Buddhism." And the Dalai Lama has been accused of blasphemy.

China "could still set out to search for his reincarnation according to Buddhist rules and foster him".

What are your thoughts on this quarrel between China and the Dalai Lama?
dalai lama is a fraud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhEWTbgsMJA

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AiYumega wrote:



A joke is a joke, nothing more.


There are boundaries with jokes. Respect them.
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SweetPerplexity wrote:


AiYumega wrote:



A joke is a joke, nothing more.


There are boundaries with jokes. Respect them.



Thank God for jokes, or else we'd be in even worse shape than we're in.
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there is no concept of right, wrong, good or bad in buddhism, as all things are interconnected. all good things you do have a direct connection with a bad thing that is happening. the saying goes "no matter how far you go, you will always still be in the palm of the buddha" or something like that. the impliations of this statement is that everything that happens is predetermined. buddhism is big on destiny, which is karma, a balance that must always be present.

you are right to say that reproduction is not important when it comes to Buddhism, as the body is not valued.

the idea of preserving one's body that you might see in certain types of buddhism has nothing to do with buddhism but more so to do with the teachings of Confucius. the idea of honoring one's worldly body as a tribute to one's parents is a very Asian idea. Buddhism at it's core does not have this concept.

the idea of reincarnation also means that if the population dwindles down to nothing, it would mean no one is being reincarnated. this only means 1 thing: all people have reached enlightenment (the final stage causes you to no longer live in this world, many ideas are out there such as non-existance, or heaven.
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To live in this world is to suffer. That is my understanding of living in Samsara or what I would like to call The World of Repeated Mistakes.



So in order to counter this suffering, do we have to stop living and procreating?
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