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Do you think that the Dalai Lama is over-rated?

Asked by mammal (9431points) February 19th, 2010

is he just a gentle monk, or something else?

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susanc's avatar

He’s quite aware of being a Political Animal. Your expectation of a monk is that he is removed from the “world”, probably. Not this one. Do some reading. He’s pretty interesting.

mammal's avatar

@susanc i’ve met him :)

timothykinney's avatar

He’s a reincarnation of a living bodhisattva. That’s something that’s hard to over-rate considering what it means. It amounts to him saying “Even if I was completely and totally enlightened and could escape all suffering, I choose to stay in this body on this Earth and help others instead.”

That’s the foundation for what he does in politics, charity work, speaking engagements, etc..

Personally, I’d like to see more people take that stance.

ucme's avatar

Yeah he looks nothing like a push me pull me.Tsk don’t know what all the fuss is about.

mrentropy's avatar

I have one and I’m quite happy with it.

TheLoneMonk's avatar

@mammal : Did your meeting go as described in this?

To answer OP, I do not rate Dalai Lamas. Bad Karma.

Harp's avatar

He’s over-rated in that many people deify him. I’m quite sure that he would rather see that aspect toned down. It’s ironic that as a Buddhist monk, he works to become less and less “special”, while the world constantly tries to turn him into a rock star.

That has been of some practical advantage in that it gives him the ear of people in power and keeps world attention on his cause, but I’m confident that he doesn’t buy into his own rock star image. He’s just some guy, and he knows that. Spiritually speaking, that’s high praise.

timothykinney's avatar

@Harp, My thoughts exactly.

mammal's avatar

@TheLoneMonk ha, ha HA….:D

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

Never met the guy. Seems nice enough.
It seems like people tend to assign values unto him where it may not be warranted.
After seeing some dalai lama hate here, it seems like that energy might be better spent elsewhere.

dpworkin's avatar

As what? As a second baseman, or as the religious spokesman for an oppressed and colonized people? You have some critiques? Let’s here ‘em.

davidbetterman's avatar

No, he’s definitely PG.

mattbrowne's avatar

No. He got the Nobel peace prize for a reason.

davidbetterman's avatar

@mammal Parental Guidance rating.

Do you think that the Dalai Lama is over-rated?

timothykinney's avatar

@davidbetterman But Dalai Lama: The Movie isn’t even in Editing yet…?

davidbetterman's avatar

There’s a movie?

timothykinney's avatar

@davidbetterman Well, if he’s rated PG, there must be. =P

davidbetterman's avatar

The Golden Child

timothykinney's avatar

Oh damn, you’re right!

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