July 19, 2024

Module 1

WorldViews101: The Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism~One Christian’s Perspective

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.”

In a free society, public discourse and critiques are welcomed and only feared by those with something to hide. What fellowship does light have with darkness? Human beings have a responsibility to choose between truth and error. In ancient cities, gatekeepers would be stationed at the city’s entrances to protect its citizens by preventing the entrance of those who did not have proper credentials or were known to have evil intentions.

Prophets would give people the choice to decide who they would follow. Many times Kings would inquire of wise men to ascertain the intentions of other national leaders. With the rise of pluralism, comes the responsibility of discerning who one should follow, whom one should trust.

King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”  Many religious leaders including the Dalai Lama present themselves in ways which are indeed winsome. But what is their ultimate agenda? Other ideas are subtly or not so subtly introduced through religious art funded by public institutions and wealthy individuals as was the case at Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art.  What exactly is idolatry? Does separation of church and state only apply to Christianity? Who exactly is the Dalai Lama? What is his agenda? What should our attitude be towards visiting dignitaries?

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Module 1 Overview:

Module 1.1: Choose Wisely: Jesus or the Dalai Lama?




Module 1.2: Where are the Gate Keepers?




Where are Module 1.3: Overstating the Religious




Module 1.4: Who is the Dalai Lama?