The Dalai Lama spoke recently in Madison Wisc:
The Dalai Lama brought his message of compassion, empathy and oneness to Madison on Sunday afternoon, mixing it with levity and tales of sibling rivalry with his brother, all while sitting crosslegged in his chair and wearing a red Wisconsin baseball cap.
A human being’s “basic nature is pure,” and “everyone experiences positive and negative emotions,” but there is the possibility of the mind being distorted by ignorance, he told the crowd of about 1,100 people in the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater. [read whole story here at Madison.com]
I personally loved his choice of hats and hope that the whole talk will be transcripted and available [Thanks to the Good Rev. I was pointed to the full talk here]. Some nice fellows over at the Christian News Wire were not so excited about the event though…
On Sunday, the Dalai Lama talked about ‘oneness,’ a term used to promote pantheism, a belief that says everything is God. The Bible clearly denounces reincarnation and pantheism.ChristianInvestigator.com believes that promoting religions in the disguise of false meditative techniques is a tool used to get people’s focus off of their true problem.The Bible says man’s problem is his sin nature. In order to receive peace, a person has to be forgiven by Jesus Christ. Jesus does not remove the sin nature, but continually gives victory over it as Christians rely on Jesus Christ. [Christian News Wire]
During his forty year career he explained in great detail and with masterly clarity everything we need to attain Nirvan. All we need to do is follow his instructions. The Buddha’s words are as helpful and valid today as when he first spoke them. Of course the Buddha doesn’t help us in the same way as Christians claim Jesus helps them and for a very good reason. If a student know that during the exams he could ask the teacher for the answers to the exam questions he would never study and consequently would never learn…The Buddha pointed us to Nirvana and told us what provisions we would need for the journey. As we proceed we will learn from our experiences and our mistakes, developing strength, maturity and wisdom as we proceed. Consequently when we finish our journey we will be completely different from when we started. [Beyond Belief: A Buddhist Critique of Evanlical Christianity]