Johnny Dangerous wrote:
What are they supposed to do, refuse the interviews unless Oprah changes her ways?
Maybe, I don't know.
If the answer is yes, then what should they do exactly, ask Oprah to donate more money to charity, ask her to help overthrow or reform capitalism? Do you think that is the place of people in their positions?
Anyone who wants to know HHDL's opinions on those things can look them up, they are one of the first things I looked up when I became interested in Tibetan Buddhism.
Yes I think it is his job to engender some credibility, to responsibly convey Dharma.
So, responsibly conveying Dharma means making meaningless gestures of abstinence from the public eye, from two of the most well known Buddhist leaders in the world? you guys should defend your positions better if you're going to call people like that on the carpet, IMO. Either one of these guys will talk about the terrible parts of capitalism and the evils of various parts of modernity, as well as possible solutions, and do..have you not read their books? Just because It is not their way to throw their ideology or life experiences in everyone faces, in the way that we expect of them, does not mean they are doing something irresponsible or endorsing anything by going on Oprah.
"...if you think about how many hours, months and years of your life you've spent looking at things, being fascinated by things that have now passed away, then how wonderful to spend even five minutes looking into the nature of your own mind."