Questioning The Dalai Lama: Who Would The Buddha Vaccinate?

Why Did the Dalai Lama Abandon Buddhism for Vaccines?

An infant receives polio vaccine from the Dalai Lama UNICEF/India

In the photograph above, taken on Jan. 10th, 2010, you will observe the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, administering bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) to an infant at the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in the Indian state of Bihar, Buddhism's holiest site – the very place where Guatama Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment approximately 2500 years earlier.

Click to view the Reuters video: Dalai Lama launches polio vaccine.

During this globally televised and deeply symbolic event, the Dali Lama vaccinated not one but two infants, ostensibly as an expression of compassion, as well as to lend his visible support for India's National Immunization Day, and for the larger Global Polio Eradication Initiative, whose duplicities and failures we have covered elsewhere.

The 14th Dalai Lama, mind you, is not only the exiled political leader of Tibet, but is believed by his devotees to be the living and breathing manifestation of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteśvara – and as a bodhisattva, an expression of enlightenment. It is therefore no small thing for him to be personally administering vaccines to infants, on the very spot that the Buddha was believed to have attained enlightenment.

The Dalai Lama Abandoned Buddhist Ethical Principles In Vaccinating Infants

The concept of doing no harm is fundamental to Buddhist teaching, as it is within other Indian religions (Hinduism, Jainism), and is known as ahimsa, literally "the avoidance of violence – himsa."  One would not, for example, justify killing an animal in order to save one's own life, which is one reason why many Buddhists are vegetarians.

Nor would one justify the killing of one child in order to save 1,000,000, as is often done by regulators in evaluating the costs/benefits of vaccines (which are known on rare occasion to maim or kill) to society as a whole. Simply, do no harm. This principle is no more open to negotiation to a Buddhist than Jesus being the Son of God is open to negotiation to a Christian.

The Dalai Lama himself once said

If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them. [emphasis added]

The principle of nonviolence, or ahimsa, when applied to the environmental chemical exposures and medical interventions can be related to the precautionary principle, which states if an action has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, the burden of proving that it is safe falls on those taking the action. 

It was the precautionary principle, in fact, that lead the United States Public Health Service and American Academy of Pediatrics to determine that thimerosal (methylmercury) should be removed from vaccines as "a purely precautionary measure," despite what they said was a lack of convincing evidence of toxicity. By 2001, thimerosal was removed from almost all routine childhood vaccines in the US (it is still found in multi-dose vaccines targeted against flu and tetanus).

Not only has most of the existing vaccine safety research been funded by the manufacturers of vaccines themselves (or scientists directly funded by them), but much of the safety-checking occurs only long after a vaccine has been released onto the market and the general population has already been exposed to its risks, i.e. the most accurate vaccine safety (or lack thereof) information is ascertained through post-marketing surveillance studies, and adverse events reporting by the public.

In other words, the precautionary principle is disregarded in favor of the "weight of evidence" standard, which puts the burden of proving a medical intervention to be unsafe on those who are, or already have been, exposed to potential harm -- and often without being made fully aware of the true risks beforehand, which is essential for the medical-ethical principle of informed consent.

Moreover, vaccines clearly violate the principle of ahimsa in at least two ways: 1) all vaccines require harm to animal and/or human life (e.g. fetal tissue for diploid vaccines) in order to develop them. 2) All vaccines have serious, and sometimes lethal unintended, adverse health effects -- for unequivocal proof of this, view the "side effects" panel on any vaccine insert where the manufacturer is legally required to list them. The question therefore is not whether vaccines will do harm, rather, how many will be harmed and to what extent.

In the case of oral polio vaccine, the known risk of polio-vaccine induced paralysis is weighed against the theoretical benefits of the polio vaccine. Contrary to the precautionary principle, the standard is to determine "an acceptable level of harm [himsa]. If only a 'small percentage' of infants receiving the vaccine are expected to become paralyzed or die as a result of vaccination, then the vaccine is considered justifiable and will be approved for use. This, of course, violates the Buddhist ethical principle ahimsa discussed above.

The Dalai Lama Launched The New Bivalent Polio Vaccine In India Which Carried Far Higher Risks

Sadly, the Dalai Lama did not only personally vaccinate two Indian infants on Jan. 10th, 2010, but he also officially launched the new bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV), which according to a 2011 article published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, was found in a Hungarian population to result in over 4-fold higher risk of paralysis than the monovalent 3 oral polio vaccine, and a 70-fold higher risk of paralysis than the monovalent 1 oral polio vaccine, to which it was compared.

Polio Paralysis Children

Even more disturbing is the finding that as many as 47,500 cases of polio-vaccine associated paralysis may have occurred in Indian infants and children in 2011 alone, following the launch of the "new and improved" vaccine. Adding insult to injury, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative claimed that polio was all but eradicated that year and that vaccine-induced cases of polio are exceedingly rare, if not altogether unworthy of mention.

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Excellent Article!!!

Many thanks. Its great to gain a little clarity on the subject. A book called the Deception and relevant to this topic is a great read also. I wonder - has anyone attempted to enlighten the Dalai about this? Does he know what he has become a part of? Perhaps he could take responsibility as he teaches others to do, step out and apologize to those he coerced into this deadly treatment? I don't accept any religious leaders point of view on medicine. They aren't qualified, and if you read the aforementioned book, they generally have a dog in the fight themselves.

re: Excellent Article

Chicqualita - just wondering which book the Deception you refer to ....there seems to be a it the one by Christoper Bollyn re 9-11?  thanks

The Club and the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is a member of the Club of Rome. If you query the membership of this elite organization and query their methods and goals, mass vaccinations should not come as a surprise.

Learning What We Don't Know

Dear Selinah ~ Thank you for the reminder towards compassionate understanding. I will simply pray and send intentions that a message will reach the Dalai Lama to investigate further. Perhaps he will continue on the same path. Nevertheless, we must help to enlighten others about the forces that attempt to force vaccines upon every human being. Each person has a right to choose. Blessings, Debby

keeping going....

We truly must not be so quick to judge.... The Dalai Lama has only the most profound compassionate intentions and truly believes at this time from the sources that he trusts that vaccinations will save lives. Until we know otherwise we have values and beliefs of our own that through listening and learning may think differently of in the future. We must remember when we didn't know what we know and keep the mirror of self reflection in front of us. It is up to us....knowing the harm of support the education of others in knowing their harm. The belief and trust in vaccinations is very strong in our society - it will take some time to shift this belief. I truly believe that once the Dalai Lama is aware of what he doesn't know that he doesn't know - he will come from a different heart. Only through our own compassion and empathy for others will our words and knowledge make a difference in the world. A complaint is a request that hasn't been made...somewhere. We must look to see where we haven't ask the person for what we want! Let's just keep working with what we've got and support Sayer in bringing this communication to the Dalai Lama!

Dalai Lama Believes In Science Above Creator Of Universe

Dear Sayer ~ You have touched upon so many subjects and factors relating to the dangers of vaccinations in today's world, questioning science, and upon the voice of one man who many believe guides their life decisions. A powerful person, whose words we find repeated over and over on the internet, quoted in books and theology. After reading this article, I realize we must question absolutely everyone and everything, relying only on our own wisdom and education. Blessings, Debby P.S. I produced a BlogTalkRadio show about Polio on Wed, August 29, 2012 if anyone wants to listen. Part of my passion includes educating people about vaccines and their rights to self determination.

Thank you and please post the link

I appreciate your feedback and admittedly, was disappointed myself. I have supported and followed the Dalai Lama for some time. But, as even he says, he is only human. We all still have so much to learn!

dalai lama

Thank you for this. Do you have any clue what gives with this guy? Is he that deceived? Is he that disconnected from the spirit of the Buddha because of all of the many years of violations and attacks upon the Buddhists? Has he been bought? Is he just a big dummy with dull advisers? Or his he just so enlightened that he thinks we can all rise above 10,000 vaccines? I will link this into my latest blog. Thanks much.

dalai lama

Thank you for this. Do you have any clue what gives with this guy? Is he that deceived? Is he that disconnected from the spirit of the Buddha because of all of the many years of violations and attacks upon the Buddhists? Has he been bought? Is he just a big dummy with dull advisers? Or his he just so enlightened that he thinks we can all rise above 10,000 vaccines? I will link this into my latest blog. Thanks much.

Awesome article Sayer!!

You are such a prolific writer! Thank you thank you Sayer.. As a complete proponent of vaccine obliteration....and adoring our dear Dalai Lama....I think you it would be spectacular if you wrote to him...or asked it of him. We know it's all about educating... and knowing what each of us has come to believe...and from what we each determine as trusted sources. Imagine the impact his renewed insight could have on the world!? I challenge take your brilliant knowledge, research and communication abilities to another breakthrough... what would it take and how can I support you? cheers from provence france! Selina (#1 fan)

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