A Critique of ‘Why the Dalai Lama Matters’ by Robert Thurman, Part Three

In this article we continue to examine Thurman’s book and point out the inconsistencies in what he writes about the Dalai Lama and the Dalai Lama’s actions over the years. Through the Dalai Lama’s actions, we can glimpse his real qualities and beliefs; and we can see a big difference between Thurman’s lavish hype and… Read More A Critique of ‘Why the Dalai Lama Matters’ by Robert Thurman, Part Three

A Critique of ‘Why the Dalai Lama Matters’ by Robert Thurman, Part 2

Chapter 1: Who is the Dalai Lama? Here Thurman continues the work of expounding on the Dalai Lama’s good qualities. As this chapter proceeds, superlative is piled upon superlative. It is like being at a banquet where one rich course after another is served, but each new course is received with less and less enthusiasm… Read More A Critique of ‘Why the Dalai Lama Matters’ by Robert Thurman, Part 2

A Critique of Robert Thurman’s ‘Why the Dalai Lama Matters’ Part 1

Robert Thurman is the Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Buddhism at Columbia University, New York. He is also a close friend of the Dalai Lama and his chief advocate in the West. This year (2008) he has written a book: ‘Why the Dalai Lama Matters‘. Its purpose seems to be to praise the Dalai Lama and… Read More A Critique of Robert Thurman’s ‘Why the Dalai Lama Matters’ Part 1