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|Dali Lama Condems Islam|
|01/26/01 at 16:03:47|
|From CNN's website. I find it ironic that the place this |
story origninates from is "Allahabad." The Hindus are upset that so many of
their converts are turning away from their religion and condemn the
people who try to convert as aggressive.
January 25, 2001
Web posted at: 10:21 PM EST (0321 GMT
ALLAHABAD, India -- Stepping into one of the hottest religious
controversies in South Asia, the Dalai Lama has joined Hindu leaders in
condemning the Muslim and Christian practice of actively seeking converts.
"Whether Hindu or Muslim or Christian, whoever tries to convert, it's
wrong, not good," the Dalai Lama said Thursday after a meeting with
leaders of the World Hindu Council.
The council is an influential group that criticizes Christians and
Muslims and wants to make multi-religious India a Hindu state.
"I always believe it's safer and better and reasonable to keep one's
own tradition or belief," the Dalai Lama, a winner of the Nobel peace
He spoke after the Hindu Council's general secretary, Ashok Singhal,
had said, "Buddhism, Hinduism and other non-aggressive religions have to
unite to douse Islam ... an aggressive religion."
The Dalai Lama and others signed a statement saying: "We oppose
conversions by any religious tradition using various methods of enticement."
Hindus and Buddhists generally do not try to converts non-believers.
Later Thursday, barefoot and giggling, the Dalai Lama sprinkled himself
with water from the Ganges at the Kumbh Mela festival, the world's
largest religious gathering.
But the religious leader said it was too cold to join millions of
Hindus bathing in their holy river.
"I'm very happy to be here," the Dalai Lama told journalists.
Asked if he would join the devotees bathing in the icy river, in a
centuries-old ceremony Hindus believe will wash away their sins and avoid
reincarnation, the Dalai Lama said, "I don't think so. It's too cold."
A festival official said more than 50 million worshippers had visited
by late Thursday, and more continued to arrive, drawn by an auspicious
astral arrangement that Hindu astrologers say coincides with the Kumbh
only once in 144 years.
The festival began January 9 and is held every 12 years.
The exiled leader of Tibetan Buddhists, whose followers believe he is
the reincarnation of Buddha, had earlier tossed marigolds at
schoolchildren who greeted him with garlands and met journalists in a
barracks-style building, protected by Indian commandos and his own bodyguards, in
the center of the 1384-hectare festival site.
At dusk, he joined the Shankaracharya of Kanchi, one of India's four
top Hindu religious leaders, in a special prayer on the river banks.
The two stood on an elevated wooden platform covered with white sheets
and worshipped the Ganges with 108 lighted lamps in a tradition that
goes back centuries. An estimated 20,000 people watched from behind
wooden barricades, while hymns were sung in the background.
The Dalai Lama then scooped up water from the river and sprinkled it on
his head in a mark of respect. Allahabad is the site of the confluence
of the Yamuna, Ganges and mythical Saraswati.
"This confluence has become a very important venue for Hindu and
Buddhist religious congregations. Now this function should come up as an
important venue for a change of character and thought of people to make
them work for peace," the Dalai Lama said in a speech, translated into
Hindi for the public.
The Dalai Lama planned to stay through Friday, to meet and bless
Buddhists and give a public speech on world peace at the festival grounds.
The festival has been marred in past years by stampedes. Organizers
have asked celebrities not to come and banned vehicles on the cramped
grounds, but an exception was made for the Dalai Lama.
Worshippers who were pressed against each other on pontoon bridges,
waiting hours for their turns to bathe, watched and waved as his convoy of
white cars drove through the center of the festival site, 600 km (380
miles) east of New Delhi.
Organizers said more than 70 million people will have visited by the
time the festival ends February 21.
|Re: Dalai Lama Condemns Islam|
|01/27/01 at 00:54:03|
So, lemme get this straight,
At the point where the Hindus are celebrating
their Pilgrimage, where the three rivers that
are important and sacred in the Hindu religion,
the place where MILLIONs of Pilgrims have been
for the past few days...
They just had an earthquake.
A big one.
|Re: Dali Lama Condems Islam|
|01/27/01 at 02:26:40|
|A Budhist saint said that! |
I can't believe it! It was the Hindu communal forces that literally made India 'Budhism-free'.
"The beauty of India lies in its diversity. Lord Buddha considered tolerance as the highest virtue. But the question arises as to why no trace of his teachings is left in this country? It was a tragic event in history when the Ganges river was flooded with the blood of Buddhist saints. It is a pointer at the degree of intolerance practiced by some."
|Re: Dali Lama Condems Islam|
|01/29/01 at 11:44:14|
The Dalai Lama must be stupid or his monks must not be following his orders because Buddihsm is the second fastest growing religion after Islam in the United States. They are more organized than the Muslims in the US with their Dawah activites.
What about Buddah? How did people start following him? He preached to the people, the Dalai Lama should remember that even more accurately than the historians because he is supposed to be the reincarnation of Buddah. He supposedly could remember small details when he was a child about the past life of the Dalai Lama before him, (like which eye glasses belong to the Dalai Lama, etc), and he seems to have forgotten how he PREACHED AND CONVERTED PEOPLE IN HIS PAST LIFE?
What a joke!
|Re: Dali Lama Condems Islam|
|01/31/01 at 20:02:37|
|First can we trust this source?|
Second if we can
Hee Hee Hee
The buddhists and hindu's in Sri Lanka are tearing each other apart and thi fool is telling us about peace
Right Mr Buddhist Priest why did your 'previous incarnation' not stop the tibetans when they invaded china and india in the middle ages? you are just like the christians in weakness humility and in strength tyrrany meaning hypocrisy
Asoka only became peaceful after he had conquered most of india..a bit late if you ask me..
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