(April 2nd, 2015) What comes to mind when you hear the words Dalai Lama?
a) Harmless, affable, caring, worldly, Nobel Peace Prize-winning sage who would not hurt a fly.
b) Some old dude in an orange robe, probably smokes too much pot.
c) Meat-eating, child-abuse-advocating, nepotistic CIA super-spy, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars for his efforts at reclaiming power in Tibet, who had asked for weapons to be flown into the region causing massive loss of (Tibetan) life.
If you answered a for altruistic, youre a naïve idealist who wishes that someone out there is capable of true self-sacrifice. If you answered b for bum, you probably dont give a sh**. If you answered c for conspiracy, youre probably a conspiracy theorist. But youd also be the only person who is correct.
As the patron deity of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is also a representative of the occurrences at his temples. It would be like the Pope trying to tell you that pedophile priests were a part and parcel of Catholicism and that there was really nothing he could do or say about it.