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Dalai Lama Should Condemn Tibetan Self-immolations

posted on July 16, 2012

At CNN, Stephen Prothero argues that the Dalai Lama should speak out against the “epidemic of self-immolations” in Tibet. So far the Dalai Lama has refused to take a stand on the spate of self-immolations among Tibetans who have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule in their homeland; instead the Dalai Dama has expressed his desire to “remain neutral” on the affair. “I know it is impolitic to criticize the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who is revered as a bodhisattva by many Buddhists,” writes Prothero. “But he deserves criticism in this case … Why not use his vast storehouse of moral and spiritual capital to denounce this ritual of human sacrifice?”

Read at CNN