Monday, July 18, 2011

Dalai Lama

Flabbergasted - Struck dumb with astonishment and surprise. 
Surprised beyond all belief.


I'm not sure what the Dalai Lama was thinking and what I'm supposed to think of him when he appears on a television game show where contestants try to win by cooking the best meal.


I don't watch shows such as Master Chef because I don't consider them entertainment. Each to his own. 
But the religious leader of Buddhists putting himself on such a show trivializes whatever he is trying to sell. 


I don't have much time for religion, any religion but I do respect other people's right to follow whichever religion they choose as long as that religion doesn't threaten to harm me. (Are you listening Muslims?)


Where does the Dalai Lama draw the line? Would he make a guest appearance on Big Brother? 
Regardless of how he would answer such a question it seems indisputable that he has become a commodity.
Easily recognized by his dress code, strutting the world stage and performing as himself on radio and television, we are unable to escape his presence.
Why?
What's he selling?

4 comments:

Patrick Carroll said...

He's selling his brand Lexcen, nothing more and nothing less.

Mattexian said...

Technically, the Dalai Lama is head of the Tibetan branch of Buddhism. I couldn't tell you offhand what the main difference is between that and "regular" Buddhism, except to say it's a historical and regional development, comparable to the split between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. There's a Buddhist temple near us, home of many Vietnamese Buddhists (lead by one very White, converted former-Catholic monk), and they wouldn't claim the Dalai Lama as "their" leader on this Earth.

It reminds me a little of that joke about the three truths of religion.
1. Jews don't recognize Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
2. Protestants don't recognize the Pope as God's Messenger on Earth.
3. Baptists don't recognize each other in a liquor store.

Lexcen said...

Patrick,
I agree.

Lexcen said...

Mattexian, thanks for the insight and the joke,LOL :)

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