Another Pledge By The Dalai Lama

Written by Rob Hogendoorn

I’ve collected several contemporaneous reports on the meeting between Western Buddhist teachers and the Dalai Lama in 1993. This is the report that was published by Tibetan Bulletin, the official journal of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, India.

In striking contrast to the footage of the actual meeting, Tibetan Bulletin understated the Dalai Lama’s central role and active participation in discussions about abusive Buddhist teachers and communities.

On reading this report alone, one could be forgiven for mistakably believing that the Dalai Lama merely acted as an outside observer.

However, Tibetan Bulletin¬†does contain one specific pledge the Dalai Lama made: he promised to ‘invite the heads of other traditions from Thailand, Japan, Burma, Sri Lanka, etc. to come to this kind of forum.’

I’m unaware of any follow-up meetings which were attended by the heads of other traditions in Asia.

a.u. - Western Buddhist teachers meet in Dharamsala (Tibetan Bulletin 24 (2) March-April 1993 p. 21) kopie

About the author

Rob Hogendoorn

Investigative reporter and academic researcher Rob Hogendoorn (b. 1964) began researching the reception of Buddhism in Western society and culture in the early 1990s. His modus operandi remained the same ever since: independent, inquisitive and provocative.