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Interesting reading - but make up your own mind.,
This review is from: A Great Deception: The Ruling Lamas' Policies (Paperback)
This book seems to have polarised opinion. It is written in a fairly readable style and the information presented within it is potentially world changing. The Dalai Lama - loved and worshipped in the west - is presented here in an altogether different light and the evidence included (if believed) shows a politically motivated man who presents one image to the west and another to his own people.
It's always good to question leadership - especially within the spiritual field. The Dalai Lama's political role means that this, perhaps, should be questioned more deeply and with greater scrutiny than the norm. This book does have a clear agenda (and there is no attempt to hide it) - but when accusations of persecution are involved this is clearly to be expected. Whatever the truth of the matter, if The Dalai Lama is innocent of these allegations then he and his followers clearly have nothing to worry about at all. If true, then the Dala Lama clearly has many problems and is not the man many want to believe him to be.
The book itself does contain a lot of accounts, photographic evidence and historical information that undeniably throw up some real questions that the Tibetan Government and The Dalai Lama need to attempt to defend or accept as mistakes and try to revert the damage done. It's hard to imagine what the positive outcomes of this book may be - a revoking of the seemingly prejudicial decrees against some Buddhist Sects? - an admittance from the Dalai Lama that he has made some serious mistakes? Who knows? Whatever the outcome, clearly some deep healing needs to occur within the Buddhist community and Tibetan cause.
As the holder of a degree in Politics and History I found the book to be fascinating and well substantiated. As someone with a deep interest in Spiritual practice I found it somewhat shocking. The Nechung oracle (the Dalai Lama's "spirit" adviser) has long been associated with major mistakes and all sorts of weird goings on and the book points to some interesting details in regard to this. The "word on the street" is to some degree in alignment with many of the claims of the book - and I am sure that any genuine person with a good heart and a dose of intelligence will now be looking at the Dalai Lama with more scrutiny than before.
It seems the age of blind faith amongst westerners may now be over with regards the Dalai Lama.
On a personal note, I am always wary of highly emotive reviews - preferring a more balanced approach that allows the real truth to emerge free from prejudice and strong opinion. I hope that if anyone actually reads this review and the book in question they will feel free to decide for themselves whether the Dalai Lama is indeed, part of a great deception.
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Charles Miller says:
'On a personal note, I am always wary of highly emotive reviews - preferring a more balanced approach that allows the real truth to emerge free from prejudice and strong opinion.'
...Balanced?! Have you read anything other than this hateful volume to form your opinions? Here in the U.S. we have a so-called news channel claiming to be 'fair and balanced' but they only present extreme right-wing politics in a positive light. People who expound on politics, but only watch that channel, are little more than brainwashed parrots. I do not see the difference between them and the way under which you formed your opinion.
'As the holder of a degree in Politics and History I found the book to be fascinating and well substantiated.'
...If indeed you have a legitimate degree, you would not make a statement like this. Politics and history are always the result of more than one opinion. Reading just this book to form an opinion is no different than just reading Mein Kampf to form an opinion about Germany. When you only consider one historical/political opinion, you are little more than someone who blindly subscribes to propaganda. But as a someone with a degree in Politics and History, you knew that already, right?
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