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#521537 05/19/09 05:24 AM
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will Tibetan Buddhism will be lost in future? Any opinion?

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Do you mean because it is so spread out in the diaspora? If so, then I think the essence of the teachings will not be lost, they will evolve. Which is what Buddhism has always done, based on the cultures it has arrived in. From what I have read, many Indian Buddhists declared the teachings of Padmasambhava (the 'founder' of Tibetan Buddhism) as blasphemy at the time. So I do think it will not exist in the exact same form that it did while isolated in Tibet, but in a way that may be good, because the teachings will become more relevant to more people, and the modern world.


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I asked this because Dalai lama is worried that Tibetan Buddhism may be lost forever.

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I understand that Tibetan Buddhism is flourishing here in the USA. My DD is a member of an active Tibetan Buddhist sangha in Florida.
The Buddha himself instructed his most enlightened followers to carry the teachings across the world, and to translate them into the language of every new land so they could bring benefit to all.
I can understand the Dalai Lama's concern that the Tibetan culture may fade as its people adapt to new countries in their exile but the essence of Tibetan Buddhism will live on, I am sure.

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Claybird - thanks for posting! Yes, Tibetan Buddhism is flourishing in the West. I think the fear of some is that it is getting 'watered down' and mixed in with other forms of Buddhism and practices. Many Buddhist centers here in the West mix different Buddhist traditions. Personally I don't see this as a 'watering down' but just as adaptation to different cultural needs, but some disagree.
Also, the generation of Tibetan teachers that actually lived in Tibet and received formal monastic training there are aging, and won't be around forever. There is a fear that the formal training won't be carried on for much longer, and that the more esoteric teachings - which are part of what distinguish Tibetan Buddhism from other branches will be lost.
I hadn't heard the Dalai Lama express these views, but I have heard others do so. So I'm not sure exactly what his take on it was.


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In an interview to an Indian news channel he was worried that all that is traditional Buddhist in Tibet will slowly be dead because of China.

that is why he says that China should at least give them religious freedom.

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Ah, so he is mostly worried about Buddhism surviving inside Tibet. Yes, considering the limits China has placed on it, it seems it would be very hard for it to truly survive there long term. Fortunately, many of the ancient texts and teachings have been brought out of the country though.


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Lisa,

Will there be another to take over as the Dalai Lama when this one passes on? I heard that the "chosen one" to be the next Dalai Lama was kidnapped years ago and has never been found.


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Dalai Lama will chose his successor before he goes away.

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cdmohotta - Is this known? In the past the new Dalai Lama was always discovered after rebirth through the traditional tulku-discovery process, right? I thought a temporary 'ward' was established before that, but otherwise, everyone just has to wait for rebirth and for the child to be old enough to pass certain 'tests'.

Phyllis - I have never heard this kidnapping rumor, I will research this and get back to you.


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