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The Dalai Lama Follows No One

I stumbled across the Dalai Lama’s twitter account recently. Yes, he has one. The stats were impressive too.

The Dalai Lama’s Twitter Stats:
Tweets: 736
Followers: 3,854,541 (as of this post) – that’s almost 4 million!
Following: 0 – that’s zero, as in zilch, nada, nuthin

At first I thought WOW, that’s just cool – a true leader, right? But then I thought really – he follows no one? Not even Al Gore? Come on! Then it hit me. For a Buddhist, there is no “personal deity” or “God” to follow.

I am in no way criticizing Buddhists. I studied their beliefs and still find them fascinating, as well as practical. In fact I argue, often, that religions (all of them) have much more to teach each other than they’d like to admit.

I guess what I’m getting at is that, for a Buddhist, ultimate reality is emptiness. Emptiness seems a wee bit lonely. I prefer a relationship with the personal God of the universe – the one who wants what’s best for me – who wants to spend time with me. It’s comforting. It’s empowering.


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