That time the Dalai Lama hated on people who pray to God after a tragedy 

Picture of HHDL the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss the Dalai Lama’s comments about people praying to God for divine intervention in the aftermath of the Paris attacks…

Virginia begins.

“So we have a new context for us to consider Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s non-response to the Paris attacks.”

Caroline replies.

“We’re at the edge of our seats.”

Jonathan replies.

“She’s right.”

Jonathan adds.

“There is a down side to how His Holiness is always available for comment.”

Sally replies.

“Here’s my thing.”

Sally pauses.

“Ogyen Trinley Dorje is thirty years old.”

Sally continues.

“HHDL is eighty years old.”

Allen replies.

“Nobody told me there would be math.”

Sally replies.

“It seems odd that we have the eighty year old Dalai Lama putting his foot in his mouth.”

Sally adds.

“And the thirty year old Ogyen Trinley Dorje being wise beyond his years.”

Caroline replies.

“I agree with His Holiness.”

Caroline pauses.

“I may find praying to a higher power as a response to a tragedy problematic.”

Caroline continues.

“I’m a Buddhist.

Caroline adds.

“Praying to God isn’t a thing for us.”

Caroline pauses.

“But I know better than to criticize people for praying to their God for divine intervention in the aftermath of a tragedy.”

Virginia replies.

“I like that Ogyen Trinley Dorje has proven himself wise beyond his years in his non-response to the Paris attacks.”

Caroline replies.

“Well played.”

End scene. Fini.

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4 responses to “That time the Dalai Lama hated on people who pray to God after a tragedy 

  1. Sunshine

    Impressive.

    You should work for Tsurphu Labrang’s PR Directorate; that’s some good spin…

  2. “It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place. We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.”

    -Dalai Lama

    Pretty straightforward. I’d say. Tibetan Buddhists can’t make peace within their own sects. ie. two Karmapas.

    • Virginia replies.

      “That isn’t what HHDL said the other day though when asked to clarify his previous remark about prayer.”

      Sally replies.

      “It seems a bit flip to go there.”

      Allen replies.

      “Too soon.”

      Allen adds.

      “This is 9/11 as far as the French.”

      Jonathan replies.

      “If the French invoke article five it is World War III.”

      Sally replies.

      “What’s a Buddhist to do.”

      Virginia replies.

      “Follow the Karmapa’s example.”

      Karl replies.

      “Which one.”

      Caroline replies.

      “You just had to go there.”

      Allen replies.

      “Forget about it, it’s Chinatown.”

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