Hello out there,
Aloha. I’m sorry to be critical of another human being who devotes his life to world peace, but when the Dalai Lama, one of the most respected religious leaders of the century makes obvious and repeated errors of judgment about Cannabis and slanders our holy sacrament I feel the need to reply.
From the March 3, 2014 issue of TIME Magazine page 10:
by Elizabeth Dias
“You support the use of medical marijuana. Have you ever smoked pot?”
Dalai Lama: “No. Never. These kinds of substances are generally considered poison, very bad. But for particular illnesses, this is sometimes deliberately used. So that’s up to the doctor, or up to scientists. The ability to judge reality is something very special. So if that is damaged, that’s awful. So alcohol and drugs are very bad.”
Based on this ignorant answer of his own ancient culture and of modern science I question the ability of the Dalai Lama to ‘judge reality’. He has – once again – proven to be an agent of ignorance and misinformation about Cannabis hemp, and of his very own culture.
“These kinds of substances are generally considered POISON, VERY BAD.” Really?
The esteemed leader of one of the oldest religions on Earth, the former recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace, now lumps Cannabis in with ‘these kinds of substances’ as if Cannabis isn’t proven to be unique and essential for optimum human health? He considers Cannabis to be in the same category as ‘alcohol and drugs’? In my opinion, there continues to be something seriously wrong with this man’s thinking and his ability to guide himself and his followers to health, happiness and spiritual freedom.
From The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer page 80:
“Of the three million plus edible plants that grow on Earth, no other single plant source can compare with the nutritional value of hempseeds. Both the complete protein and the essential oils contained in hempseeds are in ideal ratios for human nutrition.”
From Marijuana Medicine by Christian Ratsch page 42 – 49:
Hemp in Tibetan Medicine
“Buddhists consume Cannabis in order to obtain a mystical experience; the primary goal which is detachment from worldly things. Hemp has been an enduring component of the Tibetan pharmacopoeias since ancient times. Hemp seeds and the oil they yield (not to be confused with hash oil) are an important source of nutrition. In addition, rope and paper are manufactured from the fibers.”
“Tibetans consider hemp to be a sacred plant, and they often cultivate it in proximity to monasteries and courtyards. In the Lamaistic tradition, it is said that Buddha nourished himself with just one hemp seed a day during the six ascetic years before his enlightenment. As a result, hempseeds are an important food for fasting ascetics. Books in monasteries have been printed on hemp paper since the adoption of Buddhism.”
In Tantric Buddhism, psychoactive hemp drinks continue to be used when meditating on the cosmic union of Buddha and his shakti as well as for the actual physical union between temple servants an priests. Here, the aphrodisiac hemp is regarded as the “food of Kundalini”, the female subtle creative energy that transforms sexual energy into spiritual experience. The drink is consumed 1 and 1/2 hours prior to meditation or the sexual yab/yum ritual so that the accumulation of it effects occurs at the beginning of the spiritual or physical activity.”
In the Buddhist Tara Tantra Cannabis is used as a rasayana, meaning an elixir of vitality. In the Tibetan Taratantra, Cannabis is “essential to ecstasy”.
May the Dalai Lama awaken now to the many benefits of the holy Cannabis plant for himself and his many followers.
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All the best to everyone!
Love, Roger Christie
The Hawai’i Cannabis Ministry