Originally posted by MattSch
Jesus usually avioded the high and mighty. Christainity is a religion of slaves. To give the Dalai Lama full credit, he seems to have distanced
himself from the celebrity set lately. Hollywood is no place for a holy man. Gere get's credit to for having stepped back from the glare of the
Respectfully, I think your still missing the point. Do you think if a high and mighty in Jesus's time would have humbled himself and came to Jesus
asking for teachings that he would not have given them to him? Think about when Jesus was a child and went to the Temple where his mother found him
conversing with the Rabbis. These Rabbis were highly respected and honored back in those days, yet Jesus spoke to them. Its not how we as a society
think of someone that is important. Its the respect and humiliation they show towards a great teacher that is key. Richard Gere, for all his
corkiness, isn't some horrible guy and in fact he like alot of actors have tried to use their fame to help certain causes he believes in. Its like my
friend who works and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees told me about wht she thought about Angelina Joe Lee being given that
ambassador position with UNHCR. She said you know at first I thought she was just kinda wacky but now i seeing thta she's doing alot of good work.
Why are you judging Gere so much? He's just a human being.
Besides if you know the story of how Gere got involved with the Tibetans it was brought about entirely from his own initiative. So the Dalai Lama
didnt seek out celebrity attention nor do I think he has "distanced himself" from it.
If you only knew the immense responsibilyt that is put on him and the amazing work he has done for the betterment of teh Tibetan people I think you
would give him alot more respect. But thats me. Not to mention his complete devotion to developing qualities of compassion and respect for everyone,
including the very people are killing his countrymen.
"The Son of Man came to seek the lost", and Jesus came, specifically, for the least of his breathern. "It is harder for a rich man to enter Heaven,
than for a camel to go throught the eye of a needle".
Part of the beauty of the Bible is that it is ironic, and counter intuitive. It stands the world on it's head. "The 1st shall be last". If you
want to make a differene in the world you have to go out and court the rich and powerful. Start with movie stars, maybe they can introduce you to some
Christianity has survived and flourished in the world by seeking out slaves. Not by organizing them into political resistance, but by teaching
acceptance and humility. It seems to have worked. The cross, a symbol of utter defeat, is it's foremost symbol.
Let me say however, how much I respect the Dalai Lama as a man. He seems wise and moderate. He himself as said that you must find salvation in your
own tradition, instead of hopping around from one to another. inthis he's quite right. Didn't the Buddha say "work out you salavation with greater
diligence", as Saint Paul said "work out your salvation with fear and trembling"? Saint Paul's "Radix maloreum est cupiditas" (Desire is the
root of evil), is similar to the Buddha's "Desire is the cause of suffering". Saint Paul would've made a fine Buddhist!
[edit on 6-4-2005 by Agent Orange]