06/07/2012 11:43:17 PM

I have been following Buddhism & the Dalai Lama for years now & even though I am a practicing Christian sometimes I still find it seriously lacking. I always end up returning to my Buddhist roots for answers, to fill up that emptiness that I seem to be lacking inside me if that makes any sense. The Dalai Lama is as close to perfection as I will ever see in a human being. He is a wonderful humanitarian which is no wonder why he won the Nobel Peace Prize. I would love to see him return to Tibet & see his country return to peace & order & have him be the one to do it. As long as the Chinese are there it will never happen. He barely escaped with his life intact. They murdered so many of his country men, monks & even nuns. It was a travesty! He never has once uttered one bad word concerning them though. Only kindness & understanding. I wouldn't mind him running our country as he would do it with kindness, integrity & honor-not to mention spiritual principles which are an important factor or at least should be. I think somewhere a long the way we as Americans we have forgotten about who we are & what we stand for. Buddhism has a subtle way of reminding me about all of this. Just in the last weeks I've been reading my Buddhist books I can feel the difference inside me. I;ve been watching some movies on Netflix too with the Dalai Lama & can sense what a special man he really is. Everything he says makes so much sense. More people should really listen because he reveals so much truth...


03/02/2011 08:15:52 AM

There are many paths up the mountain of spirituality, but the view from the top is same. Absolutly! By the way, the top of the mountain is called "Eagle Peak".


03/01/2011 11:48:32 AM

Wordsword I have one thing to say to you. If it does not have meaning to you then you need to study Paul's messages. "Faith without works is dead." My favorite view of all these arguments is "Though there are many paths at the base of the mountain, all that reach the summit see the same moon." Peace bodhi


02/27/2011 08:50:02 PM

I hate to be judgemental, but wordsword, you represent everything thats wrong with religion, everything thats wrong with Christianity, and everything thats wrong with this world. The Dalai Lama represents everything thats good and wise in this world. Abrahamic religions are based on punishment and reward, Buddism is based on Cause and Effect. Your Christianity is mostly based on story about Jesus, who by all Historical records, never even existed. The stories are in a book written by no one knows (Many are borrowed from other religions) for the church that has changed and rewritten it so many times to suit it's own Authoritive and greety needs it don't even resemble the original writings. Buddism is based on Reality based on our actions. The Pope gives orders, the lama makes suggestions. We could keep going, but I doubt anyone could break down that wall of ignorance on this thread!


12/06/2009 05:46:30 AM

Are any of the people posting on this reply Buddhist? In the previous several years that I have studied Buddism, I have learned that what you believe your reason for practice is important, since your intention for an action is of the utmost importance. There are, in my understanding cases where what what you believe is important, and times it is not. My question about the previous post being from other Buddist, is only because I am unable to tell from their answers. It is not a judgement, in any way. Discussion by all members to visit, or who subscribe to this site can only be good.


10/10/2006 09:59:16 PM

lendingbiz asks - any advice? my advice would be to find a Buddhist center which has a daily meditiation schedule that fits into your life and do your best to meditate there on a daily basis. If you can do this for one year you will find that things which used to make you agitated will not bother you at all. Don't worry about what you understand or what you believe. Just do the practice. That's where the calmness comes from. Christianity and Buddhism - Christianity seems to me almost completely about what you believe. Buddhism is about how you practice - what you believe is of little importance.


09/04/2006 11:07:28 AM

We just returned from a trip to the East Coast and the hotel we stayed in Boston had a copy of the Teachings of Budha...I managed to skim through same and was awakened to the idea of incorporating these teachings into my daily life. My goal for this year is to adapt calmness into my life. Being a type A Personality and always "reacting" within the first few seconds...and living with immense worry and anxiety...perhaps the teachings of the Dalai Lama would help me. I think guidance and wisdom from the Dalai Lama will help me. Any advice?


06/14/2006 04:28:02 PM

I know the Dalai Lama is a good and kind man by how he treated my grandmother when she went to meet him in Los Angeles at the temple there. My grandmother was a simple nomad from the steppes of russia she had no money or prestige. on meeting her the great man took her by the hand and sat her next to him for the whole meeting and lecture. It was truly for my grandmother a vindication of all the suffering she endured in her life. The memory of his kindness made her last year of life very happy


05/16/2006 08:42:33 PM

I think the Dalai Lama has re-incarnated to a higher state of awareness. When he speaks, his workds are the same as those of Jesus, Budha, Ghandi, Mohammed and many others. It is always good to listen to great thinkers especially when they practice compassion, love and always have time for others. I am sure he listens to others, we all have something good to offer. Love is universal and we can all offer it and receive it as well. I consider his message of peace and love vital to our survival. Without love there cannot be peace and this has to come from within. Love and Peace to all. Maac


02/27/2006 03:37:31 PM

I have had many fascinating and productive discussions about Buddhism with Christians--Evangelicals included. These were both possible and enjoyable once I got them to listen to the fact that Buddhism, per se, is not a religion. Beyond that and the "we don't worship Buddha" hurdle, one comes to a fine common ground that is, perhaps, best exemplified by the Beatitudes and Sermon on the Mount. I've given away many copies of Thich Nhat Hahn's "Living Buddha, Living Christ" on the basis of such discussions. What is needed is a willingness to see the well-meaning of their efforts to educate us, and the patience to look beyond their unintended misconceptions and see the good-heartedness that underlies it all.


01/09/2006 09:02:03 AM

Back in the 1960's I was a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal. I was watching a movie with a fellow student from India. In those old days they still had newsreels between "God Save the Queen" and the movie. They started showing the invasion of Northern India. And he started to cry, because they were showing the destruction of his village & family. The cruelty & greed of China is real. Remember that. I like the Dalai Lama's statement that "my religion is a religion of kindness".


01/03/2006 03:59:56 PM

I appreciate the perspective of Christians on this thread, having been raised Christian myself; however, I am now a Buddhist, and have found great peace and happiness in the guidance of the teachings of Buddhism and the Dalai Lama, for most of my adult life (I am now nearly 50). I don't take exception with the Christian perspective, as I understand that it requires little room for other religious perspectives. However, just as the last poster suggested, please know that Christianity is certainly not under threat by Buddhism. The Dalai Lama himself is supportive of all religions, and enjoys good relationships with Christian leaders, precisely because he is peace-loving, accepting and non-judgmental about the religious inclinations of others, as long as their actions lead to compassion and peace in the world.


12/05/2005 10:10:15 PM

I would be labeled an evangelical born-again Christian (even Fundie). Though most of it would be accurate, I am not an evangelist. The Dalai Lama is not a threat to Christianity. I respect Buddhists and will never give up Christ as Savior. Peaceful people are rarely a problem to anyone. To wordsword, I would say that quoting scripture on the validity of the Lord Jesus is not all that necessary on this thread, or, if you do, use the Sermon on the Mount. WWJD?


11/11/2005 05:25:25 PM

blackbolt, You have worked for the Communist Chinese government for how many years? Wordsword, You refer to a poorly written book of fiction to put down a great man. I am not a Buddhist, but as an educated person I see the divine spark in the Dalai Lama's words and presence (yes I have been lucky enough to have met this great human being.)


09/18/2005 10:29:35 AM

I have a great deal of respect and admiration from all that I've heard about Dalai Lama... someone just said they don't like him and when I questioned, "why????" the response was "he doesn't believe in Jesus".


05/31/2005 11:35:15 PM

blackbolt282 says: "Who ELECTED the Dalai Lama to be leader of Tibet? NOBODY. A bunch of monks abducted a child and raised it to be a DESPOT. That is all." If you put it to a fair vote in Tibet, who do you think would win the election for leader? The Dalai Lama? The Chinese Communists? Or some secular guy? The Dalai Lama was not *abducted.* His mother and brothers and sisters accompanied him to Lhasa. And while the method of choosing him as leader may not be one we would use, it *is* the one the Tibetans would use, given a choice. And even if he *had* been abducted and foisted upon ignorant Tibetans, his behavior over the past 50 years and more have shown him to be a man of peace and goodwill. That's more than I can say for some democratically elected leaders. Hitler was elected in a legitimate election. Queen Elizabeth was born to be queen. So what?


01/24/2005 03:26:01 PM

It is extremely painful irony that while the Dalai Lama is "fighting" to bring peace, democracy and enlightenment to Tibet, our own Bush dynasty has killed hundreds of thousands in the name of peace and freedom. I only wish that they understood these concepts.


01/19/2005 02:24:49 PM

When I see wordsword's post a number of things come to mind. First of all, the Dalai Lama's teachings won't change because the basis of Buddhism predates Christianity. Secondly, the absolute beauty of this peaceful and wonderful man is that he would never ask you to give up your beliefs or judge you for them. The Dalai Lama has stated many times that it is not required that people leave their faith to practice the basic principles and philosophy of Buddhism. I am sure we can agree that we all were given these amazing minds and free will. The goal for humanity is to lean to co-exist in love and acceptance. I am sure that the Dalai Lama would accept you and your faith and what you have chosen to do with your free will. Wordsword, may you have peace in your heart and may your faith serve you well.


12/09/2004 12:52:45 PM

and peace to you


12/05/2004 02:59:14 PM

As a former Christian, and a Buddhist from different tradition that that of the Dalai Lama, I must say that I always attempt to listen too and seek guidance from the words of this great man. I also listen to leaders of other faiths and often find wisdom there even though I do not agree with them some or many points. The anger in hateful comments like those


10/24/2004 11:51:10 AM

Who ELECTED the Dalai Lama to be leader of Tibet? NOBODY. A bunch of monks abducted a child and raised it to be a DESPOT. That is all.


10/10/2004 11:46:43 PM

I'm not Buddhist, but wow, how could anyone not respect such an inspirational beautiful human being such as the Dalai Lama, Christians and all humans alike.


08/11/2004 12:43:36 PM

arguing with bible believers like wordsword, thought it may sometimes be cathartic, is largely useless. they will continue to believe what they believe, regardless of what the universe presents them with. they, out of fear, perseverate in their belief in one angry hateful "god" and the hell that awaits all who do not share that fear. No amount of argument or evidence will change that.


08/09/2004 05:18:01 PM

I have only one small thing to say, in response to Wordsword's question about Buddhist doctrine and how we know it won't just change in a few years. Buddhism is a very old religion. Siddartha Gautama, the Buddha, is a man of similar moral fiber, eloquence, and passion to Jesus Christ. He is not the son of a god by any means, but there are many people who believe Jesus was not, either. The Buddha's teachings are longstanding, and have been around for hundreds of years. They have remained the same, barring two schisms in Buddhist practice, which is fewer than the Christian faith has had. I doubt it's going to change any time soon... And how can you argue that a man who believes in nonviolence, equality of all faiths and peoples, and compassion is teaching us the wrong thing?


06/02/2004 12:06:38 PM

The Dalai Lama is inspiring. He gives me peace of mind in a chaotic world. If more people were open to his great wisdom, and took half of what he stands for, represents and believes in....the world would be improved beyond our comprehension. I have that much love love him. He is one of the greatest beings to bless this planet in a long long time. If you believe it is possible to compare him to the great ones....then you know he is one of them. Regardless of his religion, or your own, his philosophy is worth sharing. Spreading animosity based on ignorance and simply wrong. I am proud to say the Dalai Lama means the world to me.


05/12/2004 01:58:22 AM

Hello all, Always inspiring and intriguing to read other peoples' opinions about different subjects. Sometimes when we strongly agree/disagree with another writer we can become stuck in discussions where we lose sight of the real subject and focus on who is right and who is wrong... What you think of the Dalai Lama is your opinion and everyone has the right to express their thoughts and my opinion( or someone elses') may differ. That is oke... I think we were not meant to be the same, think alike, etc. Each of us bring our own individuality and diversity to build a better world where we listen to, undertand and love each other. When we can accept each other for what we are and appriciate our differences instead of rejecting other views we practise universal love. Personally, I think the Dalai Lama is a great example for many of us. He is a man who talks the talk AND walks the walk.... How many other leaders do that????


04/26/2004 09:49:28 PM

Wordsword,have you even heard the man speak, read any of his works? Im assuming you haven't. Here's a brief "enlightenment" for you in regards to what the Dalai Lama represents. Yesterday in Toronto,he spoke to a crowd of 30,000 people, from diverse backgrounds, religioius beliefs, or lack thereof. His message is simple. "Every human has the desire and the right to live a happy life, we are all entitled to that happiness." Compassion brings inner strength and truth making it a powerful tool to achieve goals and happiness. His Holiness says.."if you reduce suffering of others, you will increase your happiness. In return you will reduce your suffering." He represents peace and non-violence. He is a man who has been exile for 54 years. A sign of hope for the Tibetan people, who face the destruction of their culture, country and identity. Thats what the Dalai Lama is about!!(So, Wordword, YOU may not need the Dalai Lama, so please dont speak on behalf of others that do.)


04/21/2004 07:52:34 PM

Wordsword, what if I told you that I thought that the Bible wasn't true? How do we know that Jesus was god or even existed or if he taught properly? What I am trying to say is the same things you question and said could asked of you as well.


04/07/2004 08:36:16 PM

The Dalai Lama represents what is wrong with believing whatever we want to outside of God's revelation found in The Holy Bible. I would ask, "How do we know this man is teaching properly? Where did the doctrine of incarnation come from? Why is it necessary? Who's to say it won't change in a couple of years?" Also, enlightenment does not come by works but by faith alone in the great preacher who, after his appearance to over 500 people following his crucifixion, revealed that everything prophesied about him was true: he is God our Savior. Therefore we do not need works or the Dalai Lama, and someone should tell the poor man he doesn't have to do that much work!


10/15/2003 12:28:34 PM

Oh, and has anyone else noticed that Buddhists don't go to war?


10/15/2003 12:27:22 PM

Inspiring and compassionate, the Dalai Lama is a good guy. There are not that many around - his easy smile and sincerity are captivating and it is to his words I find myself returning in times of spritual confusion. He is a great man who embodies the teachings of The Buddha and must be very close to Enlightenment. May he live as long as he wants to and achieve all that his wishes for his people and his own spirit.


09/20/2003 09:33:20 AM

One thing about Surya Das's article is incorrect: the Dalai Lama is not the head of the Gelug school, the Ganden Tripa is. The Dalai Lama is the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile and a high lama of the Gelugpas, but not their head. (See here for example: )


09/19/2003 02:59:38 PM

Once you have taken refuge with the Sangha, the Buddhist Precepts for Upasakas Sutra requires that you should accept ALL BUDDHIST MONKS as your spiritual teacher, irrespective of Schools, Sects, Temples, Monastery, etc. There is a Chinese saying, "walk into a house, respect the person inside; walk into a temple, respect the Buddha/Sangha inside." Of course for administrative and other purposes (staging a fund raising event or a religious event for example), one do not recognize him as leader. The Sigalovada Sutra goes one step further: Buddhists should treat ALL MONKS FROM OTHER RELIGIONS with the same respect as if they were your own Dharma Teacher, although you may not agree his their philosophy.


09/17/2003 07:35:50 PM

I knew nothing of Buddhism when a group of Buddhist monks came to my town and did a peace ritual. All I knew was that I was drawn to it, so I went to see the monks and ended up buying a book from them. It was The Art Of Happiness, and after reading that book I just fell in love with the Dalai Lama and he inspired me to learn more about Buddhism, my life has since never been the same. So the Dalai Lama is the person I respect most on this Earth.


01/29/2002 12:08:33 AM

I've been studying Buddhism in great detail and found Lama Surya Das explaination precised and to the point. Being brought up in the Catholic Church at one point before becoming a Buddhist in the pure land tradition, it was easy to see the very clear difference between the Pope and the Dalai Lama. We honour the Dalai Lama, but we do not reconized his as our spiritual leader in the pure land as all catholics would the pope.


08/14/2001 11:20:56 PM

Below, not "above."


08/14/2001 11:19:52 PM

About your above statement. Often form is kept in respect for that form. To say absolutly anything is untrue. In buddhism the true identity of the one is the primary concern and is yours to recognise, not the Dalai Lamas. Figure heads on statues are often broken. Then they are rendered to no use or beauty except to coniseurs or Archeologist and buddhism is everyone not here or there in a dusty cabinate. Don't worry about appearances the essence will always be there and the buddha will come be he Christian Hindu Islamic or Jewish. Gassho Cadpig


05/22/2001 01:15:18 PM

I've seen this article several times on this web site, and I have to say that I don't think Mr. Das' example is very clear. I think that His Holiness is very similar in his role to the Pope; in the same way that the Pope has no authority over all Christians, His Holiness does not have jurisdiction over all Buddhists. But over Catholics, the Pope certainly does have authority. I agree with Mr. Das that His Holiness does not have autocratic control over Tibetan Buddhists; this is true. But I feel that all true Tibetan Buddhists accept His Holiness as their spiritual leader. A good example is the Karmapa: His Holiness was asked to confirm that he was the true incarnation, even though technically His Holiness does not belong to their order.