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The Dalai Lama We Don’t Know

March 25, 2008

Intelligence Daily states ” … this is the man who advocates greater autonomy for millions of people who are currently Chinese citizens, presumably with him as head of their government. So, why not hold him accountable as a political figure?”

The Dalai Lama might now be well-known but few really know much about him. For example, contrary to widespread belief, he is not a vegetarian.

The [Tibetan] government set up in exile in India and, at least until the 1970s, received $US1.7 million a year from the CIA.

The money was to pay for guerilla operations against the Chinese, notwithstanding the Dalai Lama’s public stance in support of non-violence, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

The Dalai Lama himself was on the CIA’s payroll from the late 1950s until 1974, reportedly receiving $US15,000 a month ($US180,000 a year).

The Asia Times states: “… the funding and overall control of the unrest has also been linked to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and by inference to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) because of his close cooperation with US intelligence for over 50 years.

Indeed, with the CIA’s deep involvement with the Free Tibet Movement and its funding of the suspiciously well-informed Radio Free Asia, it would seem somewhat unlikely that any revolt could have been planned or occurred without the prior knowledge, and even perhaps the agreement, of the National Clandestine Service (formerly known as the Directorate of Operations) at CIA headquarters in Langley.”

EXILED spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has reiterated a threat to resign as leader of Tibet’s exiles if there are more violent anti-Chinese protests inside or outside China.

“If the violent demonstrations continue, I would resign,” the Buddhist leader said today.

“I think inside or outside China, if the demonstrators utilise violent methods, I am totally against it,” the Dalai Lama said.

DHARAMSHALA, India – Some 140 people have been confirmed killed in a Chinese crackdown in Tibet, the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile told AFP today.

The layers of recent events peal back like layers of an onion. The West is enamored by a charismatic figure that represents spiritual evolution. This image is seductive, I admit. I am a fan of the Dalai’s idea and the concept he presents to my higher self. I recognize that the Dalai is a human with exceptional ability to reach into one’s heart and calm human agitations.

I also recognize that the Dalai, as with all leaders, has a larger implication that may blind some followers to behave contrary to his teachings. We witness the same blindness in the followers of Jesus and Mohammad. The fact that the Dalai has been exploited by the agendas of other governments is not surprising. When the Dalai was forced to flee for his life, he was a target of opportunity for the CIA and similar organizations. This is not an excuse. He may have succumbed to the forces of the puppet masters, but his message contradicts their agenda. If the Dalai steps down, I will be pleased. That would confirm my suspicion that he has been an unwilling victim of larger, material circumstances. He must be weary of being used as a figurehead for material gain and covert agendas. But, his message still rings true for seekers of higher spirituality. The Dalai must sacrifice his material leadership to remain a credible spiritual icon.

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