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Continuing my grumpy old man-ness
The Dalai Lama is just another peddler of new age happy bullshit. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for compassion. But his philosophy is about as useful as a 1960s Kumbaya singing hippie. If everyone would just be happy, we'd all be happy!

He's happy though, so he wins.
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lori_dyann From: lori_dyann Date: April 17th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but we need more Happy People - a pep talk of sorts.
bork From: bork Date: April 17th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
He does.

He also looks awesome in orange. Not many people can say that.
gkr From: gkr Date: April 17th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

For instance, these two guys cannot say they look good in orange.
laurelfan From: laurelfan Date: April 17th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

pain and suffering

I haven't read much by the Dalai Lama specifically, but Buddhism is all about pain and suffering, you might like that part :)
intrepid_reason From: intrepid_reason Date: April 17th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if being surrounded by happy people would make me happier, or make me snarly.
nplusm From: nplusm Date: April 17th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, he's a peddler of very old age happy bullshit.

On the flip side, everybody peddles their own brand of bullshit. Get married, be happy...buy an ipod, be happy...own a fancy car, be happy...get laid, be happy.

It's a bit refreshing for somebody to say "be happy and you'll be happy".

Personally, I'm still faithful to the "travel the world, be happy" theory.
foote3 From: foote3 Date: April 18th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think a lot of Americans believe that Buddhism is very a hippy-dippy, easy going philosophy. However, if they started looking into what the Buddha and those who came after him actually SAID, they'd be surprised. One of the keys to this "happiness" is the realization that nothing in this world is "real" or permanent, therefore any happiness you think you have is based on lies. To really be happy you need to eschew all material desire because desire causes unhappiness.

So yes, if we ALL gave up our material desires (money, sex, belongings, etc.) we would all be "happy" because we would have no desire. So really he's a commie :)

[note: I do not claim to be a devout, practicing Buddhist, nor am I deeply conversant in Buddhism's history or deeper philosophies. If my understanding of things is flawed, my apologies in advance.]
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