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The Dalai Lama will lead the US Senate in prayer on Thursday as the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader meets leaders of Congress, his office said.
It will mark the first time that the Dalai Lama -- whose activities overseas are strongly opposed by China -- will deliver the prayer that customarily opens each Senate session.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner will later meet leaders of both the Senate and House of Representatives, said Kaydor Aukatsang, a spokesman for the Office of Tibet. A Senate aide confirmed the Dalai Lama's meetings.
Last month, the Dalai Lama, who fled his homeland in 1959 for India amid an abortive uprising against Chinese rule, met President Barack Obama, the fourth consecutive sitting US leader whom the Tibetan leader has seen....
SteveR wrote: ....All of a sudden the Atheist Chinese Government has become very religious concerned the the DL is violating sacred tradition. To defend the faith its now the Chinese Governments decision whether there will be a reincarnated Dali Lama.
No doubt the reincarnation will look like Mao Tse Tung and carry a little red book?
I cant tell you how much heartache I have experienced studying nationstates that have abused religion for their own wicked purposes. Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, you name it, if money and power were the result of persecution, it happened. But today a comedy...listen to this
The Chinese Government has been waiting for the current Dali Lama to pass on, to buy off his 'reincarnated' successor. One that will accept Chinas ownership of Tibet. In response, the current DL says he wont reincarnate. All of a sudden the Atheist Chinese Government has become very religious concerned the the DL is violating sacred tradition. To defend the faith its now the Chinese Governments decision whether there will be a reincarnated Dali Lama.
I just had a horrible thought! what is Satan's Emissary, the Pope, wants to pray with Congress! Let's hope the chief pagan during his wanderings doesn't come around when Congress is in session! The Pope and the Papacy.
VanPastorMan wrote: As Ned Flanders would say, "He might as well be praying to Hawkman". The Dalai Lama just turn to Christ to have his sins forgiven by Him just as the rest of us has to.
Since the number of Christians are next to to none in the Senate, probably all prayers have a political content, but for a Christian who shouldn't have been there, Prayer is not shared with non-Christians.
Yes, we are all unhappy what China has done to to Tibet, but the D.L. probably even realizes he has to try to accommodate to Chinese control.
Next up to lead the prayer will be Joel Osteen! Or how about the chaplain for the team that won the last Superbowl--ummm...Seattle, that's right! I think the real impact will not be from what he says but what China thinks of what he says, and how much importance anyone gives to his political message about Tibet. I think most people like his 'spiritual message' but don't want to be bothered with the uncomfortable facts of what China is doing to Tibet.
R. K. Borill wrote: FYI: Buddhism has gained adherents in the West and throughout the world. Celebrity practitioners include Brandon Boyd, Richard Gere, Adam Yauch, Jet Li, Sharon Stone, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass, Mike Barson and Steven Seagal (who has been proclaimed the reincarnation of the tulku Chungdrag Dorje).
FYI: Buddhism has gained adherents in the West and throughout the world. Celebrity practitioners include Brandon Boyd, Richard Gere, Adam Yauch, Jet Li, Sharon Stone, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass, Mike Barson and Steven Seagal (who has been proclaimed the reincarnation of the tulku Chungdrag Dorje).
Leatherneck wrote: Is there not one Righteous person in the Senate!
Leatherneck Do you mean like the "Brave German Woman" who even CBN could tell and report is wonderfully unusual in our compromised and cowardly modern men pleasing churches? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYyhb9bnPwQ
No! NOT that kind of righteous man who would have a holy anger over false religion to stand up and make it known.
Jeremiah 1:16 KJV  And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.