Exactly Bill! 

So much for the wests romanticising of buddhism. . . .

Artie


--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, <billsm...@...> wrote:
>
> Mayka,
> 
> It’s quite an involved situation.  Too much for me to elaborate on here.
> 
> I will just say that I have a real concern on whether the traditional social 
> and cultural structure of Tibet is worth saving. It involves supporting a 
> privileged religious class at the expense of the lay people.  The lay people 
> are kept uneducated and are taxed heavily - treated almost like slaves or at 
> least serfs.  Woman are kept like domestic animals.   Young boys who are 
> given to the religious class to use as orderlies are sometimes sexually 
> abused and almost always physically abused.  That's enough about that.
> 
> From a Buddhist point-of-view, the Dalai Lama is adding or prolonging his 
> fellow countrymen's suffering by encouraging them in their fight for 
> independence.  I think (my opinion only) he would serve them better as a 
> Buddhist leader to help them severe their attachments to their superstitions, 
> nationhood, language and cultural identity.  It is these attachments that are 
> the root of their suffering.
> 
> Again, there are just my opinions and the reason I don't have much respect 
> for the Dalai Lama.
> 




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