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Dalai Lama enjoys veal

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=605615

It is sad to read this. The Dalai Lama preaches compassion, and not harming others. He supposedly became vegetarian (again) last year. He is an astounding role model, yet how can he preach harmlessness when eating the flesh of a baby animal who has never even known his own mother...or consuming the flesh of a farmed pheasant? 

The Tibetan people are oppressed. The majority of animals humane consume are oppressed. To consume the flesh of the suffering, while his own people suffer is not comprehensible to me.

I know he is human. I know he has a bounty of compassion for others. I also know he is educated, that he knows of the suffering nonhumans endure at the hands of humans. What a tragedy.

If, like me, any of you wish to express your opinion, feel free to e-mail the Dalai Lama's office info@dalailama.com   or ohhdl@dalailama.com   

It's hard to find wisdom in a holy man who does not practice his own teachings. But I know it's there. I'm just bummed. :(

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lostvirtue
May. 21st, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
Yeah on that note actually: I had lunch with myt old boss at the book bindary and his wife and neice the other day. They just saw the Lama a few weeks ago in Madison, and recently their son became vegan.

Lisa (the mom) pointed out that the Dali Lama ate meat sometimes and she liked more of a balanced approach.

Sigh.

I don't get it either.

rinalia
May. 22nd, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
Lisa (the mom) pointed out that the Dali Lama ate meat sometimes and she liked more of a balanced approach.

That's the unfortunate part. People see his behavior and think eating meat, as a practicing Buddhist is ethical and okay. :(
lostvirtue
May. 22nd, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, and I've actually witnessed this in action.

Maybe they realize their son is more compassionate than the Dali Lama, hehehehe.
lostvirtue
May. 22nd, 2007 10:39 am (UTC)
er WILL realize.
polyphonicvegan
May. 22nd, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
Whatever happened to offering monks a simple bowl of rice and vegetables with some tea? Sigh.

My dad is friends with the monk who is "third in line" to the Dalai Lama. One evening the monk (or Lama, I can't remember his title) invited my dad over for dinner. In his honor, he had a five course, almost all meat-based meal prepared. My dad is a vegetarian/mostly vegan. Dad only ate the salad and explained his position on eating meat and how it CLEARLY STATES IN THE EIGHT PRECEPTS that Buddhists are to cause no harm to other beings! The monk said he respected my dad for having so much discipline but couldn't commit to being vegetarian (for reasons I don't remember/were eaten by my angry brain). DOUBLE SIGH!

I do not understand how Buddhists, especially monks and nuns, living in a modern society can choose to eat meat and other animal products. I can sort of understand living in true poverty and accepting whatever is *offered* to you (note: not requested by you!). I try not to judge but it's really f-ing hard!
rinalia
May. 22nd, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
Whatever happened to offering monks a simple bowl of rice and vegetables with some tea? Sigh.

That sounds nice to me. Not to mention many Tibetans are poor - it seems prudent their spiritual leader not take part in the consumption of expensive, five course meals.

I hear you about trying to be open-hearted. It's more difficult when the person in question is clearly educated and teaches compassion towards others (including nonhumans), yet still eats baby calf flesh. :(
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