October 9, 2012

The story behind the Dalai Lama’s chair

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RNS photo courtesy The Post-Standard, Syracuse, N.Y.

RNS photo courtesy The Post-Standard, Syracuse, N.Y.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (RNS) Lots of rock stars expect cushy perks at the venues where they perform: special food and drink, music, video games and even a puppy to play fetch. For the Dalai Lama, it’s all about the chair. By Emily Kulkus.

  • Mack

    I suppose this fellow might awe sophomores and rubes with his patented mystic guru show, but why would any thinking man or woman indulge him?

  • Mary

    Mack, you are obviously someone who has not listened to his message. The only rube in your comment is you.

  • Paul Cowan

    It is said that, amongst other omens, the head of the embalmed body of the thirteenth Dalai Lama, at first facing south-east, had mysteriously turned to face the northeast—indicating the direction in which his successor would be found. The Regent, Reting Rinpoche, shortly afterwards had a vision at the sacred lake of Lhamo La-tso indicating Amdo as the region to search—specifically a one-story house with distinctive guttering and tiling. After extensive searching, the Thondup house, with its features resembling those in Reting’s vision, was finally found.
    Thondup was presented with various relics, including toys, some of which had belonged to the 13th Dalai Lama and some of which had not. It was reported that he had correctly identified all the items owned by the previous Dalai Lama, exclaiming, “That’s mine! That’s mine!”

    Draw your own conclusions.