It is not hard to see that delusion is everywhere on planet earth: the religious all think their religion is the only path to God, greed is a delusion that it is creating huge poverty, racism is a widespread collective delusion, and so is the objectification of women.
Delusion is the atmosphere we live in today. The truth is we are just beginning to wake up - we don’t yet have clear, discerning minds that can easily tell truth from lies.
So with all that delusion going on, we can safely assume that we aren’t yet able to easily discern a real spiritual teacher from one who just wears the clothes and talks the talk.
Now enter The Dalai Lama. He says nice things, even wise things. He was awarded the Nobel prize. And he even has the support of comedian-actor Russell Brand. But how much do any of those things really mean? Because even a cursory tour of the i-net reveals a lot of questionable things about the Dalai Lama and his actions. But could that all just be propaganda, or jealous people making things up?
So here’s where I speak up. As a guy who has had 2 different spiritual teachers over the last 20 years, I am in a bit of an unusual place. Plus my present teacher (for the last 15 years) is Buddha Maitreya, the actual reincarnated Medicine Buddha and world leader of Tibetan Buddhism, enthroned in every major lineage - and there are at least 15 hours of video on the web documenting those enthronement ceremonies, in the monasteries of Tibet, India, and Nepal.
What? But isn’t the Dalai Lama the leader of Tibetan Buddhism??
No. The Dalai Lama is actually the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile. He is actually a politician. He has said many times himself, “I am just a monk”. He admits that and has many times.
And what do we know about politicians? They are generally untrustworthy when it comes to getting attention, votes, and money. True or not true?
"But Tenzin Gyatso isn’t just anyone!" You might say, "He is the Dalai Lama! He is the leader of a the most peaceful place on earth, that produces meditation masters!"
Now I gotta stop you. And I gotta ask you a question: how much time have you actually spent researching the actual state of Tibet, present or past? I mean your own independant research? Or does all your knowledge of Tibet come from popular media images?
Because mine did, for a long time. Then I made friends who have been to Tibet. And here’s what I can tell you: The media image of Tibet as a place of peace, is a media image, of Tibet as a place of peace.
The reality in Tibet is shocking. Tibet’s reality in the 50’s and before was shocking poverty, an oligarchy, a small rich elite class ruling over a massive poor underclass. And punishments for crimes were severe, cutting off of hands for example. And in the monasteries of Tibet, sexual abuse was and still is epidemic. Most if not all young monks are raped, and beaten. Often for years. For more: Sex In the 21st Century.
Doesn’t exactly jive with the media portrayal, does it? That’s because idealism is one of our most widespread delusions. We want to think that a peaceful, perfect place exists. So when it was presented to us, we bought it. Even when we had no substantial evidence to back it up.
Now lets get back to the Dalai Lama, head of the government in exile. And me, since I’m writing this:
I have been a student of Buddhism 15 years now. And there are some shocking things about the Dalai Lama, that will stand out to any sincere practitioner of Buddhism.
Here’s a few:
1. He recently said that this is his last life.
2. He has outlawed the worship of a deity, Dorje Shugden.
3. He wears a $30 000 watch, that was a gift to him.
There are more, but let's start with those...
“This is my last life” - Every Buddhist knows that reincarnation is a reality, not a choice. And especially if you are compassionate, you come back and help, you don’t just leave. Starvation, disease, delusion are all still here. The Bodhisattva vow says, “I will reincarnate until all beings are saved.” To say “this is my last life” smacks of such ego, it is ridiculous. As if only the Dalai Lama gets to go on to some other heavenly place and leave all this behind. And there IS no such place. Samsara and Nirvana are one. They are states of being, experienced right here, and reincarnation is not something you can opt out of. Waking up puts you more in service, not less.
The Dalai Lama outlawed Shugden practice - now many Rinpoches (the senior teachers who run the monasteries), are denouncing the Dalai Lama, (links below), because they can make no sense of it. Dorje Shugden was a great Master who lived centuries ago in Tibet, and is still revered by millions of Tibetans today, so now over 1 Million Tibetans who pray to this deity can not find jobs and are being ostracized by their communities. The Dalai Lama has created very great suffering, even violence, within Tibetan Buddhism, by stepping on their rights to religious freedom, and all because of the fanatical loyalty which is directed towards him.
The $30 000 watch - No compassionate being, in the world as it is today, keeps a $30 000 dollar watch. If you disagree, you should really stop reading right here, and think on that for a while. Seriously. Even better, Google, "Brazil, favelas", to get a look at abject poverty. A spiritual teacher models compassion and generosity if they are a real spiritual teacher, not vanity.
Those ones are obvious. Then there is the following:
Tibet in the early 50’s was an oligarchy. Meaning a small wealthy class living in opulence, ruling over a vast poor working class. The Dalai Lama was the king-god at the time, and punishments, as I said, were harsh. You can even see black and white videos about Tibet, from the 1950’s on You Tube, showing prisoners with hands missing (link below).
The Dalai Lama has been paid over a million a year by the CIA. This has been covered by many TV stations in the US, and again this is easy to view on You Tube. This is not money for peaceful activities (link below), but for training an army in Tibet in guerrilla warfare.
The Dalai Lama told the Chinese where to find the Panchen Lama, who has been in prison ever since.
My kindest words for the Dalai Lama is that he is a politician. Beyond that, he is preying on the West’s idealism and innocence about spiritual teachers. But maybe this has some kind of higher purpose after all. The revealing of idealism, and the West’s initiation into the reality of true spiritual teachers, and the end of a kind of naiveté about the whole process of spirituality and awakening.
And now for the real shocker, and reason behind the Shugden ban: Dorje Shugden was one of the many lives of the Buddha, who is actually incarnated now as Buddha Maitreya. The reason for the ban on Shugden practice and Shugden images is jealousy and envy, to make sure all the attention that should be going to the actual Buddha goes to the Dalai Lama instead, a very serious obstruction of dharma and planetary healing.
About the Dalai Lama on You Tube:
Tibetan Who Are Against the Dalai Lama >>
The Dalai Lama is a Liar >>
The Dalai Lama and the CIA >>
The Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden >>
What Kind of Man Wears a Rolex? >>
About Buddha Maitreya: