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ManInBlack

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I have never really understood Buddhism. The whole self immolation thing throws me.

Now, in response to the violence in Tibet, the Dalai Lama (
ཏཱ་ལའི་བླ་མ་ ) has threatened to resign.


As the fourteenth incarnation of enlightened compassion, how do you "resign"? Do you cease to be enlightened? Do you take on the personality of Sgt. Bilko? How does one man resigning his birthright, while in exile, change the situation in Tibet any more than lighting yourself on fire?

Since it is impossible to separate the Religious and Political implications, we can only hope China's black eye lasts through the Olympics.


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I have never really understood Buddhism.

Come to think of it, I've never really understood Christianity.  We were just talking about it here in the office.  A fair number of people either called out today or showed up in pretty bad shape due to "celebrating" St. Patrick's Day yesterday.

So HOW exactly is getting drunk on green beer celebrating the life of a saint.... or actually the DEATH day of a saint?

I guess there are many mysteries to religion 

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The strange customs among Christians and non Christians, as well as Irish and non Irish, will always be baffling. Myths arise, for instance St. Patrick's color was blue, but in the 1750s his association with Ireland resulted in the phrase "wearing the green", most notably a shamrock, a symbol he used in teaching about the trinity. His fame for driving the "snakes" out of Ireland is another misconception. The snake is a cross cultural metaphor for evil. Patrick's evangelism drove the Druids from Ireland. A little 5th century ethnic cleansing. The remaining prejudice against the Irish as heavy drinkers makes the opportunity to be Irish for a day attractive to secular celebrants.

The issue with the Dalai Lama is more comparable to the Pope resigning, or Mohamed refusing to prophesies (I'm not sure on that word, the act of prophesying).





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