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Larry King Talks Gay Marriage With The Dali Lama

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 3.49.44 PM Larry King recently questioned The Dali Lama on gay rights, and here’s what His Holiness had to say.

Larry asked:

“What do you make of the whole emerging gay question — Russia banning homosexuality, in the United States we now have growing gay marriage — what do you think?”

The Dali Lama:

“That, I think [is a] personal matter…Of course, you see, people who have belief[s]…or have spiritual tradition, then you should follow according [to] your own tradition. But non-believer[s], that['s] up to them.”

When asked about gay marriage, he starts to say he feels it’s up to individual nations to decide, but Larry cuts him off to ask how he personally feels about the subject.

“That’s ok. I think [it's] individual business.”

It’s a bit of a cop out, and not exactly an inspiring show of support. Persecution of gays based on “spiritual tradition” has been and remains a hurdle for LGBT people born into communities where being gay isn’t an acceptable option. And how about dreaming of a future world where gay marriage is legal everywhere?

That said, it’s nice to know he supports love, even if he does appear a bit squeamish discussing the matter.

Here’s the full clip:

By:           Dan Tracer
On:           Feb 28, 2014
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  • 33 Comments
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      His Holiness, say what in every Buddhist, heart and mind. Thank you Holiness.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 8:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Harley
      Harley

      When all these tea party neo-cons keep screaming that the majority’s rights are being trampled by activist judges and that their religous rights should be respected, maybe we should ask a few of the “witches” that were burned at the stake in Salem.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 8:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SnakeyJ
      SnakeyJ

      I don’t know why people go crazy over this guy. He’s basically saying he doesn’t care what “non-believers” do. So he’s not supporting it. I’m tired of people holding him up as a beacon of tolerance and spirituality.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 8:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zekester
      Zekester

      The Dalai Lama has made anti-gay statements in the past. When he was pressed to back up his statements with the Suttas (teachings of the Buddha) he admitted that the opinions were his own and not the Buddhas. As much as I think it sucks that a man of his status, and a Buddhist, would make anti-gay statements, AT LEAST he doesn’t try to wrap his ignorance in, and justify his homophobia with, his religion and he is willing to admit that his opinion is based on personal animus. It’s still very disappointing that such a learned man chooses to remain so ignorant about gay people and our issues and what the Buddha has to say about us.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 9:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rad
      Rad

      So much for peace for humanity. A very lack-luster (and disappointing) response.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 10:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MK Ultra
      MK Ultra

      Very disappointing. Very, very disappointing.
      Uhhh, thanks for nothing?

      Feb 28, 2014 at 10:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tallskin2
      tallskin2

      I’m still waiting to meet someone, anyone, who’s achieved enlightenment.

      Or to meet anyone who’s returned from the dead

      Anyone know anyone?

      Nah, didn’t think so

      Feb 28, 2014 at 10:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charlie in Charge
      Charlie in Charge

      @SnakeyJ: But, hon, that IS tolerance. Saying it is up to the individual to decide for themselves.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 11:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HirsuteOne
      HirsuteOne

      If you want a different answer, ask a different Lama. What did you expect he would say?

      Feb 28, 2014 at 11:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead
      balehead

      No Gay love from the B’s?? Buddhists are an organized religion too…cue the surprise…

      Feb 28, 2014 at 11:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • robirob
      robirob

      Why do we need support in the first place? Because people do force their own beliefs onto others like the LGBT community and active support is supposed to prevent that. In a perfect world nobdy would get his or her nose into other people’s business and instead leave others be. And what does the Dalai Lama aim for?

      In a way the Dalai Lama leads by example by not caring and not forcing his beliefs onto others and letting or suggesting others to decide for themselves.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rickhfx
      rickhfx

      He is a ignorant homophobe anyone at all surprised? What he knows or understand could fit on the head of a pin.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the other Greg
      the other Greg

      Buddha himself left his wife and child in order to go “seek enlightenment” – the original deadbeat dad? – so maybe that’s why Buddhists just aren’t that impressed by marriage in general.

      Buddhists tend to consider it a problem with “attachment” that Westerners are so culturally awestruck by the whole concept of marriage.

      Celibacy is highly valued in Buddhist countries, while to us Westerners celibacy usually looks slightly nuts – something to see a psychologist about.

      @Charlie in Charge: Yeah, maybe the advancement of gay rights in traditionally Buddhist countries makes a lot more sense on the individual basis. In the West, by contrast, we’re used to marriage being a sort of “spearhead” pushing everything before it. (Which is kind of odd when you consider that relatively few gay people actually want to get married!) We’ve just gotten so used to the marriage “cart” pushing the gay rights “horse” that any other way looks unusual.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChefMac
      ChefMac

      I watched the clip and understood the Dali Lama’s personal position on gay marriage is that it is the individual’s business. He also believes that homosexuality is a personal matter. While he respects that people may follow their own traditions about homosexuality, what he is against is bullying and abuse. Isn’t this what the gay community ultimately wants – the individual right to marry and to be free from bullying and abuse.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • barkomatic
      barkomatic

      I think some people look up to the Dali Lama as some type of spiritual being — even more so than the Pope. His statements are so clearly political–hedging his answers so as not to offend those on either side of this issue. Definitely not the enlightened leader some think he is.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      What a silly question to ask the Dali Lama. Might as well ask him his opinion of the queens on the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Menestratos
      Menestratos

      In Buddhism, marriage has always been a secular affair that monks kept out of, so his stance is not surprising. While his statements aren’t exactly supportive, at least he remains neutral about it.

      Then again, I don’t understand the West’s fixation on the Dalai Lama. After all, he only really speaks for one group in Tibetan Buddhism (the Gelug-pa), a tradition that follows a slightly homophobic and sexist commentarial tradition. Ask other monks in other traditions and you will get widely different answers to this question.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 3:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      How do you say “wishy-washy” in Tibetan?

      Feb 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bobby Christina Crawford
      Bobby Christina Crawford

      BTW, I have the very same blanket he is wearing. I got it at Nordstrom’s on sale for $29.99. I wonder how much he paid for it. It is very warm but collects a lot of dog hair. So it will be fine for him if he doesn’t have any dogs. I would never wear it out and especially with a yellow halter top. It is just a bit too USC for me. But what do I know, there is nothing holy about me.

      Truth is…there is nothing holy about him either. Don’t believe me….go to Nordstrom’s with $29.99.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tada-no
      tada-no

      It has been customary for LGBTs in Western countries to attack and harshly criticize their Judeo-Christian religions due to historic intolerance to butt sex. So they shift to new religions and “spiritual” journeys in non Western religions. If you dig deeply, you’ll see that cultures with Buddhism and similar religions are not as homo friendly as your yoga instructor wants you to believe. Dalai Lama is a skilled politician just like the Pope is. Lama has been marketed in Western Media as some saintly, charming, all encompassing tolerant, kumbaya being.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sweet Boy
      Sweet Boy

      As far as I am concerned the Dalai Lama can come and clean my windows…his opinion amounts to zilch…nada

      Feb 28, 2014 at 4:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the other Greg
      the other Greg

      @Menestratos: Friends of mine were excited about having a wedding at a Buddhist center… I guess they imagined some kind of “big fat Buddhist wedding.” To their disappointment, they learned that Buddhists don’t care much about weddings. (Although they are definitely into big fat Buddhist funerals!)

      @tada-no: hmmm… I wonder why no one tries to bring back the old-time Greek “mythology”? It’s homo-friendly, and hardly seems sillier than any other religion.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 5:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tricky ricky
      tricky ricky

      the dali lama is just another purveyor of supernatural based bullsh*t. his opinions are meaningless just like anyone else who pushes a load of religious nonsense. if he had his druthers he’s have his own little kingdom and his slaves. didn’t know the dali lamas had slaves did you.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 9:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ambrose
      Ambrose

      Maybe life-long celibate monks shouldn’t be our go-to guys on sexuality. Just sayin’.

      Feb 28, 2014 at 10:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kevininbuffalo
      kevininbuffalo

      @Ambrose:
      Who better to go to for advice on sex and relationships than an elderly, life long celibate? The Dalai Lama, the pope or any other religious leader are just preachers, no wiser or closer to God than anyone else. They’re all like the Wizard of Oz, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” If you look behind the curtain, the robes and grand titles they’re just people like anyone else. And usually rather silly people at that.

      Mar 1, 2014 at 11:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fighter
      Fighter

      @Charlie in Charge: Tolerance? this is also tolerance of HOMOPHOBIA. What he is saying is that religious people have the right to be homophobic or against gay rights if it’s in their tradition to do so, and that gay people are therefore “non believers”. Nothing more, nothing less.

      Mar 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fighter
      Fighter

      @Ambrose: being gay is not just about sexuality.

      Mar 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fighter
      Fighter

      @tada-no: ” intolerance to butt sex.” you’re an idiot.

      Mar 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fighter
      Fighter

      @Spike: it is a humanist issue. unless of course it’s just about getting the d and showing off your body for you… wouldn’t be too surprising.

      Mar 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SteveDenver
      SteveDenver

      This article should be headlined: “Dalai Lama Chickens Out.”

      Mar 1, 2014 at 7:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sashaqueenie
      sashaqueenie

      He is absolutely right.
      As long as it’s consensual, the Dalai Lama says it’s none of his business.
      And this goes for everyone else.
      Stay out of my business.

      Mar 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dibber
      Dibber

      @SnakeyJ:
      He IS a beacon of tolerance and love. Learn about him and I dont think you would have said that.

      Mar 2, 2014 at 10:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dibber
      Dibber

      Wow… cant believe what a bunch of vicious queens live in here… FYI, the Dalai Lama is one of the greatest humanitarians of our time. He is up there with MLK and Ghandi. Learn about him before you judge. I am upset that Larry King asked such stupid questions. Its like asking Stephen Hawking what he thinks about soy futures, or speculating on what Jesus would say. It really was a demeaning line of questions, and I am surprised over and over again that His Holiness tolerates such ignorance by interviewers who do not know or understand their subject.

      Mar 2, 2014 at 10:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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