Luke wrote:It could all start with a talented Tibetan Buddhist politician who has a good image and a golden tongue along with his/her wealthy supporters who share the vision.
Can you image the beauty of the fundraisers for this politician? Mansions filled with beautiful Tibetan decorations and the most delicious Tibetan foods... opulence on the level of a Tibetan emperor!
At every turn, the beauty of Tibetan culture could make the usual political events more interesting and eye-catching.
No doubt, his/her Christian rival would try to portray him/her as an "evil cult member" but with enough money and marketing, even this could be overcome. After all, most Christians in the US like the Dalai Lama. These feelings could be capitalized on...
Even a Catholic president is controversial in the US, much less a Buddhist one, even less a Vajrayana practitioner! Seriously, go find your average Christian in the US and talk to them about Vajrayana practices..I can't even imagine the ensuing conversation, it would probably just end up an attempted exorcism!
I think sometimes if people don't live here, you don't realize how ingrained this kind of militant protestant thing is in the American psyche..seriously, i've even heard non-religious people intimate how someone not being a Christian (meaning protestant of some flavor) would automatically make them untrustworthy as a politician. IMO there is an almost subconscious narrative (at least for those who have been programmed with it) that to be a trustworthy American is to be some form of protestant Christian, other beliefs have a taint of "foreign", however small.
Also I have to question the "most Christians like HHDL" thing..a disturbingly large number of Christians in this country are actually quite crazy, and probably think something along the lines of the Dalai Lama being a demon summoner or some such. Seriously, unless you regularly live here, it's hard to convey what a good chunk of the visibly "Christian" population is like, just look up the Left Behind series of books, and look at how popular stuff like that is to get a glimpse of the mentality of some of these folks. I know not all Christians are like this here, but they are the most visible
and most definitely seem to be the most politically active religious voting bloc.
The US wouldn't be interested in what a "Pro Tibet Lobby" had to say, unless it provided some leve3rage against imperial encroachment of China, which I can't really see, The reason the Israel Lobby is so successful is that the relationship is a two way street, in that Israel serves as a US client state and serves US interests in so many ways, what could Tibet offer in terms of global hegemony lol.