Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Dalai Lama and George Bush: Could two world leaders, who were born on the same day, be any more different?

Today, July 6, is the birthday of the Dalai Lama and President George Bush. Could two men, born on the same day, be any more different? One is a man of peace, the other a self-professed war president. One is a reluctant leader who describes himself as a simple monk, the other a prideful man who says he can't think of any mistakes he's made. One who prepared a lifetime to better himself through his beliefs, the other who "found" God when drug and alcohol abuse were dragging him down and God told him he should be president. The disparities between the men could go on and on - I thought these pictures tell a fairly complete story about each one.

The Dalai Lama: Peasant Child and Man of Compassion
From the Dalai Lama's official biography:
His Holiness the 14th the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, is the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was born Lhamo Dhondrub on 6 July 1935, in a small village called Taktser in northeastern Tibet. Born to a peasant family, His Holiness was recognized at the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama, and thus an incarnation Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion.

The Dalai Lamas are the manifestations of the Bodhisattva (Buddha) of Compassion, who chose to reincarnate to serve the people. Lhamo Dhondrub was, as Dalai Lama, renamed Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso - Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom. Tibetans normally refer to His Holiness as Yeshe Norbu, the Wishfulfilling Gem or simply Kundun - The Presence.

George Bush: Child of Privilege and War President
From George Bush's official biography:
President Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968, and then served as an F-102 fighter pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. President Bush received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. Following graduation, he moved back to Midland and began a career in the energy business. After working on his father’s successful 1988 Presidential campaign, President Bush assembled the group of partners who purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989. On November 8, 1994, President Bush was elected Governor of Texas. He became the first Governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive 4-year terms when he was re-elected on November 3, 1998...President Bush has taken unprecedented steps to protect our homeland and create a world free from terror.

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