Have you seen the Dalai Lama?

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    Apr 30, 2013 10:08 PM GMT
    Thinking about going to see the Dalai Lama. Curious if anyone here has seen him in person and if you recommend going. Or am I better off just to read his words on the nets?
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    May 01, 2013 4:13 AM GMT
    No I am Catholic.I have seen him on TV many times in my 42 years and he has always seemed very friendly and full of joy despite the many trials h has faced.I hope he has many more years of good health.Ry
  • calibro

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    May 01, 2013 4:32 AM GMT
    he hates gay people
  • He_Man

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    May 01, 2013 4:33 AM GMT
    I've seen him a couple of times here in South Florida. He came once to my university in Boca Raton, Florida at Florida Atlantic University. I also saw him at Florida International University in Miami when he helped save the department of religious studies there because they were going to cut the program due to Florida university budget cuts. His Holiness donated a large sum of money and encouraged others in the community to do so as well. It was mainly due to him that FIU saved their religious studies department.

    Both times the security was so high, as you would expect, so don't think that you'll get a front row seat. Those are only for a select few, i.e, in my case, the university president, the dean, the mayor and other leaders of the community along with other religious members and clergy. The stage was surrounded by security guards, both school, police and his Holiness's own guards.

    I was up way up in a balcony and could only see him sitting in his little chair up on stage, but they had it broadcasted on a big projection screen with audio. So, really, I could have just stayed home and watched a documentary of him on television. It would have been pretty much the same thing.

    He did take questions from the audience, tho, but they were questions that were written down before hand, and then he just read the questions aloud and answered them. I'm sure they were preselected so as to keep questionable material from passing through.

    I would say that the overall experience was just okay. I mean you're not going to receive Darshan, or anything like that. I got to go for free, so that was nice, but I would not have paid for it just to see him speak on a big screen projector and listen to him speak through a microphone. Like I said, I could have just as easily stayed home and did that without the metal detectors, security checks and hassle of going through security and the such.

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    May 01, 2013 4:33 AM GMT
    He's a liar!

    All he wants Tibet to be is a society totally controlled by religion and himself.
    God is everything, and he, no need to say, is the presentation of God.
    This is pretty the same situation as Europe in the Middle Ages.

    Don't just listen to what he says or does. There's a history and a purpose.
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    May 01, 2013 4:39 AM GMT
    calibro saidhe hates gay people


    Where did you get this from? According to Wikipedia: "In his discussions of the traditional Buddhist view on appropriate sexual behavior, he explains the concept of "right organ in the right object at the right time," which historically has been interpreted as indicating that oral, manual and anal sex (both homosexual and heterosexual) are not appropriate in Buddhism or for Buddhists, yet he also says that in modern times all common, consensual sexual practices that do not cause harm to others are ethically acceptable and that society should not discriminate against gays and lesbians and should accept and respect them from a secular point of view.[72] In a 1994 interview with OUT Magazine, the Dalai Lama clarified his personal opinion on the matter by saying, "If someone comes to me and asks whether homosexuality is okay or not, I will ask 'What is your companion's opinion?'. If you both agree, then I think I would say, 'If two males or two females voluntarily agree to have mutual satisfaction without further implication of harming others, then it is okay.'"[73]"

    I've gone to see the Dalai Lama once when he came to my college to give a talk. There were a lot of people (including a lot of very obsessed individuals) so I didn't get to see him up close or talk to him. But my impression was that he's a nice guy who's pretty humble.
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    May 01, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    WickedRyan saidNo I am Catholic.
    I am so sorry for you.
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    May 01, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    calibro saidhe hates gay people


    Whether or not this is tongue cheek, it is extremely offensive to those of us who deeply respect his work.

    For instance, this is the prayer he recites each morning.

    May I be a guard for those who need protection

    A guide for those on the path

    A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood

    May I be a lamp in the darkness

    A resting place for the weary

    A healing medicine for all who are sick

    A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles

    And for the boundless multitudes of living beings

    May I bring sustenance and awakening

    Enduring like the earth and the sky

    Until all beings are free from sorrow

    And all are awakened.”
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    May 01, 2013 4:45 AM GMT
    He's on Twitter. That's good enough for me.
  • AMoonHawk

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    May 01, 2013 5:45 AM GMT
    Another egotistical loon with a hidden agenda ... do not look up to others, trust only in yourself
  • He_Man

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    May 01, 2013 5:55 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk said... do not look up to others, trust only in yourself


    Hey, and the Buddha would completely agree with you on the last part...

    "Believe nothing on the faith of traditions,
    even though they have been held in honor
    for many generations and in diverse places.
    Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it.
    Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past.
    Do not believe what you yourself have imagined,
    persuading yourself that a God inspires you.
    Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests.
    After examination, believe what you yourself have tested
    and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto."
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    May 01, 2013 9:21 AM GMT
    Cardinal724 said
    calibro saidhe hates gay people


    Where did you get this from? According to Wikipedia: "In his discussions of the traditional Buddhist view on appropriate sexual behavior, he explains the concept of "right organ in the right object at the right time," which historically has been interpreted as indicating that oral, manual and anal sex (both homosexual and heterosexual) are not appropriate in Buddhism or for Buddhists, yet he also says that in modern times all common, consensual sexual practices that do not cause harm to others are ethically acceptable and that society should not discriminate against gays and lesbians and should accept and respect them from a secular point of view.[72] In a 1994 interview with OUT Magazine, the Dalai Lama clarified his personal opinion on the matter by saying, "If someone comes to me and asks whether homosexuality is okay or not, I will ask 'What is your companion's opinion?'. If you both agree, then I think I would say, 'If two males or two females voluntarily agree to have mutual satisfaction without further implication of harming others, then it is okay.'"[73]"

    I've gone to see the Dalai Lama once when he came to my college to give a talk. There were a lot of people (including a lot of very obsessed individuals) so I didn't get to see him up close or talk to him. But my impression was that he's a nice guy who's pretty humble.


    He has made statements that according to his version of Buddhism, (Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, he doesn't represent all Buddhists), he believes that Buddhism says that homosexuality is wrong. He thinks that Buddhism only approves of heterosexual vaginal sex. But his position doesn't seem opposed to gay rights in secular society. He hasn't made any statement against the legality of gay marriage, for example.
  • Aodhan

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    May 01, 2013 9:29 AM GMT
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    WickedRyan saidNo I am Catholic.
    I am so sorry for you.


    icon_eek.gif hahahahha Its a curse being catholic!

    I would definitely go see the Dalai Lama!
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    May 03, 2013 2:41 AM GMT
    Dont be sorry McQueen Ryan is a very content catholic boy icon_smile.gif
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    May 03, 2013 2:45 AM GMT
    why would you want to go see the lama for? Are you sick and hope he can cure you or something I don't get it. icon_confused.gif
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    May 03, 2013 2:49 AM GMT
    manny2 saidwhy would you want to go see the lama for? Are you sick and hope he can cure you or something I don't get it. icon_confused.gif


    Why would you want to go see Thomas S. Monson? Same thing, really...
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    May 03, 2013 2:55 AM GMT
    I may be the only person in the world who grew to dislike TIbetan Buddhism after visiting TIbet. I wouldn't bother to go.
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    May 03, 2013 2:58 AM GMT
    He_Man said
    manny2 saidwhy would you want to go see the lama for? Are you sick and hope he can cure you or something I don't get it. icon_confused.gif


    Why would you want to go see Thomas S. Monson? Same thing, really...


    But I wouldn't want to see Thomas S Monson so still don't get it sorry.
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    May 03, 2013 3:16 AM GMT
    If you have inner doubt, don't go. If you want to see a celebrity, then go. Buddhism is more about you helping yourself. There isn't a Buddha which can make you a Buddhist, let alone a religious leader.
  • He_Man

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    May 03, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    manny2 said
    He_Man said
    manny2 saidwhy would you want to go see the lama for? Are you sick and hope he can cure you or something I don't get it. icon_confused.gif


    Why would you want to go see Thomas S. Monson? Same thing, really...


    But I wouldn't want to see Thomas S Monson so still don't get it sorry.


    You're telling me that if Thomas S. Monson showed up to your university, school, or local city to give a talk on a Mormonism that you wouldn't want to go see him? Bad Mormon boy! icon_lol.gif


    Okay, why do millions of people go see the Pope? Why do millions upon millions of Hindus go to the world's largest spiritual gathering, the Maha Kumbh Mela and bathe in the Ganges? Why do millions of Muslims pilgrimage to the holy city, Mecca, to the Hajj? Why do Mormons go to Pioneer Day in Utah to reenact their founders' arrival in the Salt Lake Valley? Because it's one of the many spiritual rituals and customs that followers partake in.

    In Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as many other Eastern religions, there is a practice called Darshan. This is where followers pilgrimage to religious holy sites, visit gurus (holy men/women) or attend events that are considered "sacred." When a follower is in the presence of a holy person, he or she is said to experience Darshan, which is a spiritual "blessing," a receiving of holy energy or the "seeing" of something holy. It has nothing to do with getting healed, although it can mean that, too, but it's mainly to receive a spiritual blessing from a person who is seen as being pure or holy or "seeing" a part of the divine.

    The closest Mormon analogy I can think of would be when Joseph Smith saw the holy Angel Moroni and glimpsed upon something "holy" and "scared." So, too, many Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, as well as a few other religions, believe that being in the presence of a holy person blesses them with the presence of the divine because that holy person, to them, is seen as a perfect manifestation of the godly or as a representative of god in flesh, or a god, itself.

    Darshan is a hard concept to explain because it deals with consciousness and how a holy person is seen to be fully enlightened and can transfer that enlightenment to a devotee just by being in his or her presence.
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    May 03, 2013 8:44 PM GMT
    WickedRyan saidDont be sorry McQueen Ryan is a very content catholic boy icon_smile.gif


    Who is "McQueen Ryan"?
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    May 03, 2013 8:47 PM GMT
    manny2 saidwhy would you want to go see the lama for? Are you sick and hope he can cure you or something I don't get it. icon_confused.gif


    You don't have to get it. I think the man has a lot to say and I've read some very profound things he's said in the past. I'm one of those people who believe we are here to learn from each other. It is my hope I can learn something from hearing him. And no....I am quite healthy. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 03, 2013 8:48 PM GMT
    not yet but its a goal of mine
  • GingerOH

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    May 03, 2013 8:52 PM GMT
    Rick_James saidnot yet but its a goal of mine


    Same! I studied Buddhism for a couple of years and found it to be quite interesting.
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    May 19, 2013 6:07 PM GMT
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    Well, we went to see the Dalai Lama yesterday. It was a great experience and very glad I went. There was something about being in his presence as he was speaking, as opposed to just reading his words in a book. I got to witness his passion and sincerity in person and that's just not something you can get through a book. And of course I wore my favorite tie pin.