Thursday, March 20, 2008

Et tu, Dalai Lama?

I wonder if the Dalai Lama was ever taken to task or has since recanted his views (I stumbled across it while reading about all the protests in China):
Of course, abortion, from a Buddhist viewpoint, is an act of killing and is negative, generally speaking. But it depends on the circumstances. If the unborn child will be retarded or if the birth will create serious problems for the parent, these are cases where there can be an exception. I think abortion should be approved or disapproved according to each circumstance.

Dalai Lama, New York Times, 28/11/1993

6 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Wow. This surprises me, but I guess it shouldn't. Considering his adversaries still have the one child thing....

Kim Ayres said...

Damn that caught me by surprise

Elbog said...

Sounds like he backed his karma over his dogma.
I did a quick Google on "Buddhism and abortion and found this(excerpted from http://www.angelfire.com/mo/baha/buddhism.html:
***** In 1995 the Dalai Lama wrote a book titled The Power of Compassion in which he condemned injustice, racial and ethnic hatred, inequality, and abortion. The Dalai Lama is quoted to have "denounced abortion as a sin against 'non-violence to all sentient beings.'" *****
Perhaps he done re-thunk it. You know, there was a lot of that going around in the early 90's ('it depends on what your definition of is is.')

livia-the-great said...

me too, surprised. very.

then again, i didn't know that in many supposed civilised countries a woman is LEGALLY allowed to abort her child at ANY time in her pregnancy when the child has a handicap or genetic disorder. for example, at 7 months.

i just found this out and will be in shock for some time.

tekeal

Tom said...

elsie: I was a bit surprised, too.

Kim: yup

elbog: I'll have to read up on it more. "Is" too bad, though.

Livia: I just posted a picture (heaven) from your area. :)

And 7 months! Yikes!

Tara Marie said...

That truly surprised me.....and I'm hoping his circa 1995 thoughts still prevail.