Buddhism and the Dalai Lama

March 18, 2008

I must be a Buddhist, although I don’t think there’s any such thing, unless you’re a Buddhist monk or the Dalai Lama.  I belong to an online “sangha”.  It’s a Yahoo mailing list.  No one ever posts except one person, who posts dharma stories.  He once posted a poll asking how many people followed the precepts.  I was the only one who said that I didn’t follow the precepts (’cause there was only one person who voted that way — must have been me :P).  I wonder if it’s possible for anyone in our western society to say they follow the precepts and be telling the truth?  I strive to follow them, for sure.  But there are still stumbling blocks I have, so I can’t truthfully say I follow them.

Still, my heart goes out to Tibet and dilemma of the Dalai Lama.  What would the world be like with the extinction of probably the last culture on Earth whose very existence revolves around the concept of peace?

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