via The LA Times,
Speaking at USC, the Buddhist spiritual leader says of the Al Qaeda chief’s assassination: ‘Forgiveness doesn’t mean forget what happened.’
As the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the 14th Dalai Lama says he practices compassion to such an extent that he tries to avoid swatting mosquitoes “when my mood is good and there is no danger of malaria,” sometimes watching with interest as they swell with his blood.
Yet, in an appearance Tuesday at USC, he appeared to suggest that the United States was justified in killing Osama bin Laden.
As a human being, Bin Laden may have deserved compassion and even forgiveness, the Dalai Lama said in answer to a question about the assassination of the Al Qaeda leader. But, he said, “Forgiveness doesn’t mean forget what happened. … If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter-measures, you have to take counter-measures.”
It was, perhaps, an example of the Dalai Lama confounding expectations, something he appears to relish doing. The 75-year-old leader spoke on the first day of what was to have been a four-day trip to Southern California; he was delayed by two days when he fell ill in Japan. continues
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UPDATE: The title of this article seems to be a bit sensationalistic. A better title would have been, “The Dalai Lama discusses the death of Osama bin Laden.” A full transcript of the Dalai Lama’s talk at USC can be found at dalailama.com
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