Title

The Dalai Lama and the World Religions: A False Friend?

Publication Date

6-1-1996

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The Dalai Lama is well known for his tolerance of other religious traditions, actively encouraging people to celebrate their own faiths rather than convert to Buddhism. However, far from being a pluralist as this attitude suggests, he believes that ultimate liberation is obtained only through the practice of Buddhist teachings. This apparent contradiction is resolved when one examines some of the teachings that he follows, such as the notions of emptiness (sūnyatā), skilful means (upāya), karma and rebirth. On such examination it becomes apparent that it is precisely through the prioritising of these Buddhist teachings that his tolerance is rendered possible.

Publication Title

Religious Studies

Volume

32

Issue

2

First Page

271

Last Page

279

DOI

10.1017/S0034412500024276

Version

pre-print, post-print, pub PDF after 12-month embargo

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