Tuesday, November 20, 2007

More Lama Bullshit

This is just ridiculous. A touch of context, if I may:

Buddhists believe in reincarnation. They claim to believe that when you die, your soul, your essence, the ghost in your brain, floats out of your body and into the baby of some animal species that represents your actions in your previous life. They believe that when the Dalai Lama dies, his spirit goes into a baby boy in Tibet, who is then found by other Lamas (priests) and named the new Dalai Lama. Buddhists really believe this.

Ok. Now the current Dalai Lama is worried that when he dies, China will appoint a new Dalai Lama who is sympathetic to China. A valid concern, because they probably would do that. But here is his solution. He wants to pick the next Dalai Lama himself. Yeah, that's right, he wants to completely toss out the reincarnation thing and just pick some kid.

So this means either the Dalai Lama doesn't actually believe what he claims to believe (in which case he's insulting the intelligence of his followers every time he professes it), or he's saying it really doesn't matter that much anyways. Fine with me.

What an embarrassing time to be a Buddhist, that's like if the Pope admitted that the earth is actually billions of years old, evolution does exist, and the biblical story of creation is just a metaphor. What? He did? Oh, ok.


doctressjulia said...

Har! Awesome. You rock. I am trying to argue with some idiot about the Dalai Lama being a rich lying cult leader, and I am citing your blog ans it;s links! Thankx. :)

Anonymous said...

What can I say? My GF is buddhist and we had pretty intense discussions about reincarnation and how it doesnt make sense to a normal operating mind.
But it's a belief so i shall respect. However, I argued that

Dalai Lama is really taking adv of the rest of them. He gets a surgery and is driven home in a Benz; come on now, isnt he supposed to avoid life's desires and suffering or is a Benz ride way too good to pass?

Anywho, I thank you for the link because it just made my case even stronger. I m not trying to change her faith but at least question it.