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ROLE MODEL FOR NKT

A Shugden devotee known as WisdomBeing comments often about the good qualities of the Dalai Lama, recently linking to this news story. This perspective contrasts dramatically from Kelsang Gyatso's campaign against the Dalai Lama since the mid 1990s.

The news story discusses the positive role model that the Dalai Lama represents to millions of Buddhists and non-Buddhists around the world.

"There is the traditional Tibetan perspective of His Holiness that is shared by followers of Tibetan Buddhism along the Himalayas, including in Mongolia, the Russian Federation, Nepal, Bhutan, etc. This perspective regards His Holiness as the manifestation of Chenresig (Avalokiteshvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion. He is someone who has the capacity to be fully enlightened but has chosen to come back to this human world for the sake of sentient beings.

But in the post-1959 period, following the flight of His Holiness into exile forced by Chinese incursion into Tibet, the institution of the Dalai Lama underwent a dramatic transformation, much to the delight of the young 14th incarnation. Aided by circumstances, the institution became less protocol-heavy, more accessible to the public and more practical. Over a period of time, this led to a close interaction between His Holiness and the Tibetan people, a historical development of sort. The most obvious indication of this metamorphosis is the increase in the number of Tibetans with the first name Tenzin. Almost every other Tibetan who is born in exile and under the age of 40 may have this first name.

Life in exile has also led to His Holiness' interaction with the outside world, mainly through his visits throughout the world. This has provided the Tibetans with a new side of the Dalai Lama. While most of the Tibetans still hold strong to their Buddhist faith and thus subscribe to the traditional perspective of the Dalai Lama, they have also been able to see his human side. Accordingly, His Holiness has become the role model for the young Tibetans

The establishment of a system of universal modern education for young Tibetans, mainly with the assistance of the Indian government, in the wake of his flight to India in 1959 was the most important factor in changing the Tibetan society in exile. That one act by the Dalai Lama not only provided a level playing field for Tibetans at all levels of society in terms of educational opportunity, but the blend of modern and traditional education that was part of the curriculum resulted in a new generation of Tibetans, modern in outlook and also having knowledge of our cultural heritage.

His Holiness is also a role model for a balanced approach to life.

The Dalai Lama has also been talking about his three commitments in this life. In addition to finding a solution to the Tibetan issue, he also embraces two fundamental commitments to promoting human values and religious harmony.

He refers to the "oneness" of all religions in that they all convey the same messages in attempting to make us better human beings. He thinks that at one level there is philosophical difference, which is a reality. At another level, he says all religions preach the message of compassion, love and tolerance, etc. The Dalai Lama feels we need to prioritize by treating the philosophical differences as secondary to the more important common messages. This is a worldview that would certainly make all religious practitioners rethink their approach to spirituality.

Similarly, in terms of human values, the Dalai Lama feels that differences in caste, creed, color, etc. should be placed at a secondary level to the more fundamental thinking of the sameness of human beings, who want happiness and shun suffering. This is a simple message, but placed in the context of the Dalai Lama's worldview, it certainly gets a greater resonance."

If only NKT would take notice and follow WisdomBeing's role model and follow the Dalai Lama's verneration of those who live compassion, love and tolerance.

NKT might then consider becoming a positive voice in the world and exploring real Buddhism.