The Next Dalai Lama Rejects Buddhism and Hero Worship, that is!
Way back in 1986, the next Dalai Lama, a little Spanish boy, was chosen. Apparently, Osel Hita Torres can’t take it, a life deprived of television, movies (save one), football and girls.
He’s now a film student in Madrid.
He rejects all that his status gave him and yet the monks still worship him. How long this will last, I don’t know.
I earnestly hope that he and the monks are happy. I practice Nichiren’s Buddhism. It’s not like this at all. Not one bit. Nada. In fact, Nichiren explicitly denounced the worship of idols and people, and the elevation of people to any such ‘god-like’ status.
Nichiren was para-phrasing the original Buddha’s words, as well as their intent when he said,
Shakyamuni Buddha who attained enlightenment countless kalpas ago, the Lotus Sutra that leads all people to Buddhahood, and we ordinary human beings are in no way different or separate from one another. – Nichiren, The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life
Well that’s a benefit, isn’t it?
The Last Bit
- Mai ji sa ze nen.
- I ga ryo shujo.
- Toku nyu
- mu-jo do.
- Soku joju busshin.
At all times I think to myself:
“How can I cause living beings to gain entry into the unsurpassed way and quickly acquire the body of a Buddha?”
Who said that? Shakyamuni Buddha, of course.