gad rgyangs wrote:Jikan wrote:The problem with making unsubstantiated claims, or claims that cannot be verified by reason or evidence, is that it amounts to wrong speech.
you mean like claims of termas being dug up after being buried by Guru Rinpoche, footprints left in stone of various buddhist saints (every monastery in Tibet has a bunch of these), spontaneously manifest statues, the Garuda claw in Drigung Til Monastery, mediums channeling various Buddhist "spirits", divinations, and about 80% of actual Tibetan Buddhism as it is practiced by Tibetans? Or maybe the TB weenies here are willing to either A) overlook this stuff because Western Tibetan Buddhism is so much more evolved, we can live with the mild embarrassment of Tibetan Buddhism as practiced by Tibetans? or B) believe in all that stuff, even though it has no more basis than most of David Icke's claims?
Whatever similarities you may find with regards to scientific evidence or lack of same, there is a very large difference in cosmology and orientation between Tibetan Buddhism and Icke. The latter is making totally unsubstantiated claims against real people, there is a link to his site portraying the Dalai Lama as a Nazi crook for instance (not as a serpent though). Icke is feeding off people's basic hates and fears. It's paranoiac populism of the worst kind. No offense intended to anyone.