Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Dalai Lama is Coming Back to Madison, or "'Callooh! Callay!' He chortled in his joy."

He shows up every so often. His buddy Geshe Sopa runs the monastery just outside Madison called unimaginatively and ironically Deer Park after the deer park in Benares where the historical Gautama Buddha is said to have first espoused The Four Nobel Truths.

Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama, is coming this time around to help inaugurate the twisted brainchild of his demented apostle, His Holiness, The Richard Davidson.
“Investigating Healthy Minds”: A public dialogue with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Richard Davidson, moderated by Daniel Goleman, author, “Emotional Intelligence,” and “Ecological Intelligence”
Special guests: Governor James Doyle; Madison Youth Choir
2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Capitol Theater, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, Wisconsin
They will apparently share a dais (probably just two chairs, but we’ll see) at the Overture Center and intone polysyllabic platitudes about kindness, compassion, and mind before a crowd of adoring self-absorbed imbeciles hoping to find Nirvana in the words of a glutton and a psychotic. In all fairness, most of their fawning public are simple ignoramuses, or just simple.

I’ve written a god-awful passel of words describing the cruelties applied by His Holiness, The Richard Davidson in the labs of his cronies Ned Kalin and Steve Shelton, and have ranted at extraordinary length about the hypocrisies of Tenzin Gyatso, the child who was taken from his parents and indoctrinated into the belief that he is the literal reincarnation of Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion.

An easy observation in all of this is the unavoidable conclusion that Tibetan Buddhism is a sham. A lifetime of practice and intense study of its tenets leads nowhere. It results in absolutely no increase in kindness or compassion. When adherents do act with greater compassion, they do so in spite of their practice.

Anyway, you can read some of my past rants related to the two demigods mentioned above here:

My Enlightening Meeting with Lama Lhundub Sopa. April 15, 2007.

Group Asks the Dalai Lama to Renounce Support for Animal Cruelty. April 25, 2007.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a Callous Prick. May 10, 2007.

The Buddha of Compassion. May 19, 2007.

His Mental-ness. June 14, 2007.

Dalai Lama Disciple Makes Big Discovery! July 26, 2007.

Cruel Buddhist Sick Shrink. August 16, 2007.

Compassion and Kindness Redefined. October 24, 2007.

A Bad Trip. November 10, 2007.

Richard Davidson's Mushy-Headedness. April 13, 2008.

The 2008 PNIRS Conference. May 30, 2008.

"For the Record." June 17, 2008.

Looking at Richard Davidson's Assertions. June 24, 2008.

Trait-like anxious temperament in primates. July 8, 2008.

Memories of Dorothy and Intent. September 27, 2008.

Richard Davidson's Choices Are Evidence That Thinking Good Thoughts Won’t Make You a Good Person. February 3, 2009.

Richard Davidson. March 20, 2009.

Richard Davidson Big Bucks. September 1, 2009.

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. April 25, 2010.

1 comment:

Marina and Steve said...

I've been getting increasingly dismayed by the blinders that so many Buddhists/yoga and meditation practitioners seem to be wearing when it comes to animal suffering. Whenever I can, I tell these folks (being one of them myself, at times) about Sharon Gannon and David Life, founders of the Jivamukti yoga school, are pretty actively working to change things (i.e., call attention to the hypocrisy). Sharon has written a book called "Yoga and Vegetarianism," which you can get on their website I haven't read it, so I don't know if she directly addresses the animal experimentation issue. David Life said in an interview somewhere something to the effect of (and this is a rough quote): "The Buddha said to free all beings, not just the ones who look like you."