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Saturday, September 20, 2003

The Real Dalai Lama

An excellent article entitled "Dalai Lama Lite", which appeared recently in the New York Times, does a thourough job of exposing the touchy-feely myths most in the West have about this great spiritual leader and the Tibetan Buddhism he represents.

An example:

In reality, Tibetan Buddhism is not a values-free system oriented around smiles and a warm heart. It is a religion with tough ethical underpinnings that sometimes get lost in translation. For example, the Dalai Lama explicitly condemns homosexuality, as well as all oral and anal sex. His stand is close to that of Pope John Paul II, something his Western followers find embarrassing and prefer to ignore. His American publisher even asked him to remove the injunctions against homosexuality from his book, "Ethics for the New Millennium," for fear they would offend American readers, and the Dalai Lama acquiesced.