Anyway, the Dalai Lama often speaks to people of little understanding (i.e. the average person), and so perhaps his launching of vaccinations and taking allopathic medicine, etc. is only publicity; in other words a skillful means to show the average person that he's integrated with ordinary society and not a religious elitist etc. (not saying that he is a religious elitist, just saying that many people might view him as such). I don't think that many people know what H.H. the Dalai Lama's views are aside from what he says and writes about Dharma. When it comes to social issues, he has to appear to blend in with the mainstream. In other words, I think that when he writes about his views regarding Vajrayana and Dzogchen, he is telling us his actual precise views regarding Dharma. When it comes to social issues however, he has to use a lot of Skillful Means.
Sure, maybe HHDL is just putting on a show like this in order to do something. But do what? It seems to me he's encouraging villagers to vaccinate their kids.
His views on social issues are hardly secret. He's outlined them consistently and publicly in many books, speeches, and media appearances. HHDL seems to be a very transparent leader in that respect. I think he means it, for instance, when he claims to identify with the Marxist critique of the social order of capitalist accumulation.
Meanwhile, I wonder if you'd be interested in tackling these questions, as I'd very much like to hear your perspective on them:
The title of this thread is "Is it possible to get a religious vaccine exemption." This thread has been posted at a Buddhist discussion board. To me, this coincidence invites a question:
Is there any religious justification for vaccine avoidance in any tradition of Buddhism? Alternatively, have any recognized masters advised their students publicly to avoid vaccines?
Now turn that around: are there any plausible arguments in favor of routine and generalized vaccination programs for public health purposes on Buddhist premises? Have any Buddhist teachers or traditions advocated for general vaccination or promoted this practice in any way?
I'm asking because this seems like the most direct way to address the OP, and because a reorientation of the discussion seems in order.
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