The Dalai Lama has just arrived in Israel and is set to be part of the centennial celebrations of first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion's birth. The Dalai Lama also had choice words to say on our conflict. I have commented before on people coming to this region and preaching love and peace in an area that has known so many wars. However, do we lump the Dalai Lama in a group with Sharon Stone, Richard Gere, Jane Fonda etc?
My personal feeling is the Dalai Lama already sets himself apart from these people because of his lifestyle and the fact that he does not seek the limelight. I do personally believe the Dalai Lama has good intentions and is not just trying to gain attention or assume that his celebrity accords his opinion strength.
However, a man who preaches harmony and peace should not agree to meet with members of an organisation that glorify blood (see earlier posting). With great respect for this esteemed leader of the Tibetan Buddhist community, sometimes one has to take a stand. If one wants peace and serenity, one sometimes has to fight for it. One has to defend their families, community and country. We all wish we lived in a world without war, but that has never happened and doesn't seem to be on the horizon in the near future. So with so many enraged by my nation's very existence, there can be little to talk about.