Written by Rob Hogendoorn

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Alexander Berzin’s response is nonsensical. If the Dalai Lama is not a Pope, as Berzin rightly says, signing a letter that he co-wrote, which was not intended as a directive that Buddhists must obey, but as a plain appeal to endorse obvious moral principles, was a no-brainer.

Not signing would have been Pope-like. For such a signature carries the full imprimatur of the church and ecclesiastical law, which is unbefitting for a religious text aimed at those who do not belong to it. So, the Dalai Lama could just sign as a private person—easy-peasy.

Originally posted as a long-Tweet on September 29, 2022 (with link added).

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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.