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Watch: Dalai Lama A-OK With Same-Sex Marriage

by David Badash on March 4, 2014

in Marriage,News,Religion

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The Dalai Lama sat down with TV veteran Larry King last week and talked about same-sex marriage. His Holiness says that same-sex marriage is fine as long as both parties are willing and consenting adults. He added that for people of faith, they should stick to their religious beliefs, but stressed that same-sex marriage is an “individual business.”

The Dalai Lama also took a moment to condemn anti-LGBT bullying as a “violation of human right.”

The Dalai Lama, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, is the head of the Tibetan government in exile.

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cipher March 4, 2014 at 9:04 am

I have great respect for the Dalai lama, but he's saying that people of faith should follow the dictates of their spiritual traditions.

Also, while he certainly has never fulminated against homosexuality in the way evangelicals have, he has, in the past, expressed some reservations about it in accordance with traditional Buddhist teachings. If his thinking has evolved, good for him, but I'm not convinced that is what is being said here.

The DL is one of those figures upon whom people project what they wish to see and hear.

mstewart35 March 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

I agree with you, cipher, what the Dalai Lama seems to be saying is nothing concrete. Therefore, that makes his comment a whole lot of nothing. Indeed, Dalai Lama is "one of those figures upon whom people project what they wish to see and hear.", and he seems to have done the political, or diplomatic, thing by not totally agreeing with either side in the debate between LGBTQ supporters and the anti-gay or religious right, He has said that gay marriage is an "individual business", whatever that means. If he means to say that it is a matter of individual choice, who didn't know that already? (DUH, huge dharmic revelation?) His pronouncement that "people of faith" (whoever those are) "should stick to their religious beliefs", frankly could be interpreted to support anything from the stances of the Universalist to the Westboro Baptist Churches. I have to add that I do not automatically respect the Dalai Lama as some spiritual light. I have always held him suspect, along with the belief that he is some miraculous reincarnation of a person thousands of years dead. The only thing that could help me to believe that he is an eminently enlightened person is the profundity of his words, which only, at this point, amount to fence sitting. Much more important to society at large now are the, surprising words of Pope Francis, since he is looked to by a much larger and more influential "mass" of people. Do pardon the pun-dit. ;)

cipher March 4, 2014 at 11:06 am

I've met the DL on a few occasions, and I'm convinced he's sincere and well-intentioned. I don't think these statements are "a whole lot of nothing"; I'm just not convinced he isn't saying anything here he hasn't said before. I may be wrong.

Also, just to be clear, he's believed to be the reincarnation of all previous Dalai Lamas, and the office only goes back about five hundred years. :-)

Raytheist March 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

It says "He added that for people of faith, they should stick to their religious beliefs, but stressed that same-sex marriage is an “individual business.”"

It does not say they should stick to the dictates of their spiritual traditions. It also doesn't say they should stick to their denominational doctrines. It says they should follow THEIR OWN BELIEFS. Just like Christians of all flavors have their own interpretations on other issues (should woman wear pants? can we use tobacco or alcohol? can we work on the Sabbath? etc.) and often will live their lives in ways their church might not approve, it is up to the individual to work it out in their own mind and faith.

I have no problem with HH the Dalai Lama's statement.

cipher March 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

He added that for people of faith, they should stick to their religious beliefs

Same thing.

And I have no problem with his statement, either. I merely think people may be reading into it a meaning he might not have intended.

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