I Stand With My Man The Dalai Lama

So, here’s something I found out about recently that I wasn’t exactly seeking out. Around Bloomington, you might see flyers for meditation sessions that have popped up in the past few months or so. On meetup.com, I was invited to join a ‘Bloomington Meditation Group’. Sure, why not? I used to go to meditation at the Tibetan Cultural Center (now the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center) here in Bloomington, but stopped for no reason other than I kind of fell out of the habit. It’s something I ponder getting back into, but consistently put off or generally don’t do.

As some may know, Bloomington has ties to the Dalai Lama and Tibet. His late brother Thubten Jigme Norbu was a professor at IU and founded the cultural center. My daughter went to school with one of his relatives. The Dalai Lama came out to visit sometimes, and Megan and I saw him at the auditorium in the late 90s. ‘Little Tibet’ is my daughter’s favorite restaurant and the go to place for birthdays and other momentous occasions.

OK, so where am I going with this? The new meditation center is called the ‘Kadampa Meditation Center’. I wondered what that was, so I did a bit of research. Turns out these folks really, really don’t like the Dalai Lama (see link). They accuse him of a number of things including being ‘the world’s worst dictator’ and ‘a Muslim’ (so apparently there’s some Islamaphobia going on, too). If you want to know more you can always read one of the links. Suffice it to say I ‘unjoined’ that group as fast as I could once I found all this out.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/13/dalai-lama-uk-visit-extremist-protests
https://info-buddhism.com/Western_Shugden_Society_unlocked.html
https://buddhism-controversy-blog.com/2016/04/27/kadampa-ordination-a-misguided-approach/