GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Saturday, April 01, 2006

An interview with the Dalai Lama...

I was never a big fan of the Dali Lama.....look at his comments on homosexuality and oral sex.
Although he is known for his tolerant, humane views, he is a surprisingly harsh critic of homosexuality. If you are a Buddhist, he says, it is wrong. "Full stop.

No way round it.

"A gay couple came to see me, seeking my support and blessing. I had to explain our teachings. Another lady introduced another woman as her wife - astonishing. It is the same with a husband and wife using certain sexual practices. Using the other two holes is wrong."

At this point, he looks across at his interpreter - who seems mainly redundant - to check that he has been using the right English words to discuss this delicate matter. The interpreter gives a barely perceptible nod.

"A Western friend asked me what harm could there be between consenting adults having oral sex, if they enjoyed it," the Dalai Lama continues, warming to his theme. "But the purpose of sex is reproduction, according to Buddhism. The other holes don't create life. I don't mind - but I can't condone this way of life."
I've always been amazed at the free pass the Dalai Lama gets in the press whenever he vists the West.....how many so-called buddhists are aware of some of his attitudes?

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it ain't the dalai lama trying to scrap gay marriage in THIS country sunshine......

2:10 PM  
Blogger doug said...

"But the purpose of sex is reproduction, according to Buddhism. The other holes don't create life. I don't mind - but I can't condone this way of life."

I don't mind--but I can't condone this way of life.

And your exact problem with this is?

It is a perfectly respectable and viable opinion. It does not say anything really other than that he does not and will not bless arrangements that he believes are not sanctified by Buddhist teachings. Did he say that he would advocate throwing all the 'sinners' off the nearest cliff,or that society should punish them in some way? If so I did not see it in the excerpt you published here.

Condone -- 'To give tacit approval to'.

When people chose to go from position A which is essentially; "Please 'tolerate' my lifestyle which is harming no-one although you might not approve," to postion B which is " Not only must you 'tolerate' my lifestyle but you must 'approve' of it as well", then that really is a bridge too far.

You don't like Buddhist values---- don't become a Buddhist.

You can't DEMAND 'approval' as a RIGHT. There is no such 'right'.

I don't really care much one way or the other about 'personal' issues, but this is just shabby philosophical thinking. That I do care about.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dalai Lama only represents the sect of Tibetan Buddhism which is a small but respected one.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want a religion that allows Homosexuality look at ISKCON

6:51 PM  
Blogger jw said...

The religious stance against homosexuality, oral sex and anal sex comes ultimately from a very few sources:

- the need to stand against the fertility cults
- the need to stand against child molestation (especially of boys)
- the need to stand against promiscuity
- the need for reproduction in quantity

These and other needs were real needs. There was a valid social overriding need to take action. Those needs, with the exception of promiscuity and child molestation no longer apply.

The need to cut down promicuity is still a real need. As I've said before, if the GLB community would take REAL action against promiscuity, the religious leaders would hold less harsh views against the GLB community.

Unfortunately, as child molestation of boys looks to straights like gay activity ... There is a problem. This problem needs to be acted upon.

There's a lot of work to be done. There's enough work to keep all busy for years.

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironically through his attachment to ideas of gender and representation of roles within the material world the Dalai Lama is failing in the ultimate goal for all Buddhists: Enlightenment through detaching from the material world. Life is suffering. The world is an illusion. Gender, therefore, does not matter.

8:59 AM  
Blogger USMale said...

Well, G&R, looks like you pushed a few buttons! :-)

11:18 AM  

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