Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Exploration Six

Controversies of the Dalai Lama

While we read of the Dalai Lama being a popular and influential man receiving a nobel peace prize not everyone speaks so highly of him. There are many people who criticize the Dalai Lama for a variety of reasons. One reason was said by the twelfth Samding Dorje Phagmo who said that "The sins of the Dalai Lama and his followers seriously violate the basis teachings and precepts of Buddhism and seriously damage traditional Tibetan Buddhism's normal order and good reputation". Another controversy occurred when two factions of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism chose two different Karmapas. The Dalai Lama chose to support the Urgyen Trinley Dorje, so then the members of the Trinley Thaye Dorje said that the Dalai Lama had to reason to be allowed to chose a side because he had no authority in the matter and he had no historical precedence to be involved. Julian Gearing felt that there was a political motive to the Dalai Lama's decision and said, "The Dala Lama gave his blessing to the recognition of Trinley, eager to win over the former troublesome sect, and with the hope that the new Karmapa could play a role in a political solution of the 'Tibet Question'". The Chinese press has also criticized the Dalai Lama for his close relationship with India. He has been accused by the Chinese as being a "Tibetan in appearance, but an Indian in spirituality". There are close ties between Chinese Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama had been accused of betraying Tibet to India.

After I did some research on the Dalai Lama I was able to better understand the reading that we did for class. Overall the Dalai Lama is a man of peace and is even referred to as, His Holiness. As we learned in class he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, but the reason was somewhat unclear in our reading. He was awarded this great award for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He consistently advocated for people to act in a non-violent way, even in times of anger and aggression. Along with wanting things to be performed in a nonviolent way he was also an advocate for global environmental problems. He truly is a great man who has received an unbelievable amount of awards, has met with people anywhere from the president to the prime minister and has even written books. After accomplishing so many tasks the Dalai Lama simply refers to himself as a simple Buddhist monk.


  1. It is truly great what he did. Trying to have non violence and peace to solve problems instead of anger and aggression.

  2. I wish there was a way we all could practice non-violent ways. People need to understand they don't automatically have to resort to fighting, but i believe that many people think its the only way to get your point across. He really was a great man and deserved the all the awards he received.