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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama waves to devotees as he arrives to give a religious talk in Yokohama on Sunday. The Dalai Lama arrived in Japan on Saturday. During his 12-day visit, he will address gatherings in Tokyo and Okinawa as well as meet Japanese scientists.

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Why worship a man?

Does God (or the Gods) or Buddha favor him any more than any of us? If so, why?

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up in the air :(

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I respect this Dalai Lama , he is against the Chinese oppressors, just by talking about peace! It takes more than "cojones" to be in his sandals! (on a lighter side note , he got used to waving to chinese , that it looks like he is saying,,,Stop dont shoot!)

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This guy is a champion. He is revered by so many people and yet he is, at heart, a humble and happy man. I saw him talk a few years ago to a 'western' crowd, and it had a high number of earnest students of Buddhism who took their spiritual beliefs very seriously and when given the chance, asked the DL some deeply probing questions in hushed tones in an attempt to get to the core of the meaning of existance. And the DL spent most of his time cackling away, cracking jokes and basically telling them to lighten up. It was a great lesson.

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Why worship a man?

Well because he represents hope for all people that they can attain complete happiness and true understanding of the nature of existance. His primary motivation is compassion for all living beings.

My guess is people revere the philosophy as much as the man. He is just a practitioner.

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@ NeverSubmit You got it right. People don't worship Dalai Lama; they see him as their Guru - Master. And in any case whats wrong if you worship a man who guides you and leads you in your spiritual journey? Trust me, i've seen Men fall at womens feet for her vain beauty, Men fall at another mortal Man's feet for money and fear. So if anyone falls at Dalai Lama's feet for his blessing and guidance - i say, s/he has gained wisdom and lost ego.

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Respect !!!

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Why worship a man?

Does God (or the Gods) or Buddha favor him any more than any of us? If so, why?

Because he represents the fight for freedom of a people who was oppressed in every way possible. And certainly Buddah does not favor anyone. But if somebody else had the balls to defend Tibet like he does, everybody would admire this person too. It is easy to see faults in this man, while typing comfortably in a room, in a city, in a country where democracy and freedom is not a distant dream, like it is to Tibetans.

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"So if anyone falls at Dalai Lama's feet for his blessing and guidance - i say, s/he has gained wisdom and lost ego."

Let me guess. You're voting for Obama too..?

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But if somebody else had the balls to defend Tibet like he does,

The priests that are staring down tanks and soldiers in Tibet itself have balls.

This guy tours the global in a private jet, stays in the best hotels and eats meals that would cost the average Tibetan a month's salary.

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The priests that are staring down tanks and soldiers in Tibet itself have balls.

This guy tours the global in a private jet, stays in the best hotels and eats meals that would cost the average Tibetan a month's salary.

Yes, they do have ball too. But they're not the face of their desire to free Tibet from China. This means that they must be admired too, even if locally. And what kind of parameter do you use to measure a person's virtues? Do you mean that by travelling by jet, sleeping in good hotels and eating well make him less of a person perfect to defend Tibet abroad? People are smart enough to know that average Tibetans live well under the line of poverty and that the DL is not out there to represent their poverty, but their desire to have their own land back. And as such, he must be do it properly when meeting important people that may be supporters of the Tibetan cause(well dressed, well fed and in high spirit as he always does), and not looking like a beggar.

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The Dalai Lama is a wonderfully kind, intensively spiritual and intelligent man.

He does not set himself up as someone to be worshipped. He is not a god and I'm sure would laugh if anyone suggested it. If you want to compare him to anyone, compare him to Nelson Mandela or Ghandi.

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.

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The Dalai Lama owns nothing, no property, no money and eats a very simple diet. He isn't a God but a man elected by the system of the Tibetans to be their true spiritual guide. His dwellings in India are very humble and basic. He greets all in the same open minded fashion and is always available for questions. He's one of the good human beings and although I attented several of his lectures in London I'm not one of his followers. He's just a little man doing a big job. I think recently he has spoken about retiring from his position. Many Tibetans live in poverty because of the unfair hand of their masters, the Chinese but most believe in and support their Lama.

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D: Oh NO! The Dalai Lama is stuck behind an Invisible Wall! I have to leave work now and go to Tokyo and save him!

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We can compare the Dalai Lama with another spiritual leader, the head of the Church of Jesus and the Church of Roma, the Holy See, the Pope. The Pope too owns nothing but does live in a palace filled with gold, a treasure of paintings, sculpture and antique books. The finest wine collection in the world and no diet restrictions. Wears hand sewn garments made with the finest fabrics, handmade slippers. Private swimming pool. Gets to eat the best ice cream in Italy when he stays at the summer castle. Travels the world by private jet. His cardinals also enjoy a life of luxury. The majority of Catholic's around the world live in poverty.

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He is one man army! Without any arm except "Peace".

And one can easily guess who is most scared about him?

He is not god but not less than god!

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Public Enemy Number 1?? We may think the holy priest reincarnated as the Dalai Lama is really cool but I bet them communists over in Beijing beg to differ and they never want to let Tibet have any kind of freedom, you know it may give the MASSES of regular Chinese yearning for freedom a bad idea??

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This one has been pretty cool. But who knows about the next one?

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Realistic! " He is not god but not less than god!

absolutely wrong! God means the one who Creates Universe, Create Human, Creates Everything sun, heaven, moon etc,

Dalai Lama is a human like us. but some group of people believe him as god, tell me what he has created?

if you say you respect dalai lama as spiritual teacher or guide in hope of happiness I agree,, but please, dont compare him with God. God is the one, who gives life for a time and then turn it to death. and whenever he will wish he will raise life from death.

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