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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Honoring Tibet with Yak Butter and Liquid Nitrogen

Posted by on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM

The Dalai Lama says paying this much for dinner is okay!
  • The Dalai Lama says paying this much for dinner is okay!

In case you just found a bag of money, there are a few seats left for this extraordinary-sounding dinner tonight that benefits a great cause (education, nutrition, and healthcare for Tibetan refugee men, women, elders, monks, and children). UPDATE: Last-minute seats are $300 (formerly $1,000).

(And if you found bag/money but are busy tonight, you might seriously consider this other extraordinary-sounding dinner on Sunday that also benefits great causes [the Jubilee Women’s Center and Pike Place Senior Center].)


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Cato the Younger Younger 1
Wonder how much of the money will get to those it's intended for? Sorry, I don't trust any of the money grubbing mystics..even from Asia
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on February 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM · Report this
"Buddhist sexual proscriptions ban homosexual activity and heterosexual sex through orifices other than the vagina, including masturbation or other sexual activity with the hand... From a Buddhist point of view, lesbian and gay sex is generally considered sexual misconduct"

Dalai Lama, 1997

Posted by Dolly Lama on February 20, 2013 at 1:24 PM · Report this
JensR 3
Oh and lets not forget the ragyabpa class of untouchables and how they are treated.
Posted by JensR on February 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM · Report this
@2: According to Wikipedia, the Dalai Lama has said more nuanced and less weird/awful things about homosexuality since then...…
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on February 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 5
@4, in other words..when rich Hollywood types started to get wind of what he thought of homosexuality he changed his tune.

Got it..
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on February 20, 2013 at 6:49 PM · Report this
Wandergeist 6
If you'd rather spend less money on lunch instead of dinner and have 100% of it go to a school for girls in India, the Kiran Anjali Project is having its annual fundraiser luncheon on March 14th.
Posted by Wandergeist on February 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM · Report this
@5: I'm not saying it's not an Achilles heel for him—clearly he has done some backtracking, and not particularly eloquently. He's from a celibate order, I believe, and a different culture; he wasn't just saying anti-gay things, but also anti-masturbation, so, um, it's obviously a viewpoint that's pretty much wholly foreign to us. But give him a little credit for trying to adjust, maybe?
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on February 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM · Report this
"But give him a little credit for trying to adjust, maybe?"

Ahhh, situational ethics. Got it. Slog's new meme?

BTW raping young novices is just as popular in Buddhist temples as catholic churches.
Posted by on February 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM · Report this
" Bernard Faure of Columbia University says: “Like most clerical discourses, Buddhism is… relentlessly misogynist.” So while Tibetan women can become nuns, they can’t advance nearly as far as men. Because according to Buddhist teachings it is impossible for women to become “the perfectly rightfully Enlightened One,” “the Universal Monarch,” “the King of Gods,” “the King of Death,” or “Brahmaa”—the five highest, holiest positions in Buddhism."

Posted by Oh look, rape culture too on February 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Sex between clergymen and boys is by no means a uniquely Catholic phenomenon, a noted American scholar said Wednesday -- it's been going on in Buddhist monasteries in Asia for centuries.

"Of course, this is against the Buddhist canon," Leonard Zwilling of the University of Wisconsin in Madison told United Press International, "but it has been common in Tibet, China, Japan and elsewhere."

"In fact, when the Jesuits arrived in China and Japan in the 16th century, they were horrified by the formalized relationships between Buddhist monks and novices who were still children. These relationships clearly broke the celibacy rule," said Zwilling, who has written extensively about this topic for more than three decades, and was one of the first to do so.

Although the Buddha clearly proscribed sex of any kind in monasteries, "we know of incidents where members of the Bob-Dob, an order enforcing discipline among Tibetan monks, fought each other over boys," continued Zwilling.

"They clobbered each other with huge keys that were the tools of their trade. We also know that generations of Dalai Lamas had their 'favorites,' although we have no proof that these relationships were sexual."
Posted by Wow, talk about rape culture! on February 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM · Report this

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