So, given his intelligence and enormous sense of compassion, why doesn't the Dalai Lama question the leader of the free world [then George W. Bush] about the downside of globalization? About "Star Wars II" and the Bush administration's flagrant disregard of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty? About the unlawful attack on Iraq? Civilian body counts? Why doesn't he even pose such questions rhetorically in the media? Could it really be that this esteemed 68-year-old monk is so focused on inner change ... that he hasn't done his homework on the big political issues? When it comes to geopolitical and global economic matters, is the Dalai Lama living in peaceful ignorance in the suburbs of reality?— Adrian Zupp, Why Won't the Dalai Lama Pick a Fight?
You must be one of the 97% of Americans, who grew up staring at a TV before even entering school age. Too bad. At that rate, you'll never catch up to the likes of the Dalai Lama and will, therefore never be able to comprehend his actions or non-actions. I hope you'll get some drift if not The drift sometime during your life.
The Iraq issue is becoming very critical now. ... But what can we do? What can we do when big powers have already made up their minds? All we can do is to pray for a gradual end to the tradition of wars. ... Okay, now, let us pray that there be no war at all, if possible. However, if a war does break out, let us pray that there be a minimum bloodshed and hardship. I don't know whether our prayers will be of any practical help. But this is all we can do for the moment.
The International Campaign for Tibet, based in Washington, is now a more powerful and effective force on global opinion than the Dalai Lama’s outfit in northern India. The European and American pro-Tibet organizations are the tail that wags the dog of the Tibetan government-in-exile. ...
Tibet was effectively a sovereign nation at the time of the Communist invasion and was in full control of its own affairs. But the battle for Tibetan independence was lost 49 years ago when the Dalai Lama escaped into exile.
— Patrick French, He May Be a God, but He’s No Politician, The New York Times, March 22, 2008
carefully considered objective of the assembled Tibetologists was demolished by Thurman. In a powerfully eloquent speech entitled "Getting beyond Orientalism in approaching Buddhism and Tibet: A central concept", he sketched a vision of the Buddhization of our planet, and of the establishment of a worldwide "Buddhocracy". Here he dared to go a number of steps further than in his at that stage not yet published book, Inner Revolution. The quintessence of his dedicated presentation was that the decadent, materialistic West would soon go under and a global monastic system along Tibetan lines would emerge in its stead. — Victor & Victoria Trimondi, The buddhocratic conquest of the west