This familiar figure in the saffron robes claims to be Tibet’s God, the latest reincarnation of the original Dalai Lama. Admiration is showered upon him everywhere he appears. He proposes to bring peace to earth by initiating mankind into “Tibetan Tantric Deity Yoga,” thereby turning us all into gods capable of creating our own reality with our minds. Does anyone take this fantastic idea seriously? Seriously enough that the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 5, 1989!
The front cover of Whole Life Times for December 1989 was a replica of a peace poster popular at the time in North America and Europe. The scene offers a magnificent view of the sprawling 11-story, gilt-roofed “Palace of the Gods” in Lhasa, Tibet, ancient residence of the Dalai Lamas—from which the current Dalai Lama (though allegedly God!) fled to escape the Chinese conquerors of his tiny country. Towering in the background are the snowcapped Himalayas overarched with a dazzling rainbow.
Superimposed upon the breathtaking landscape is a head-and-shoulders picture of Tenzin Gyatso, “His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet.” His huge image rises out of the palace, dwarfing it and blocking the view of a portion of the majestic mountains behind. In large print at the bottom of the poster/magazine cover are the words “PEACE ON EARTH.” The implication is clear: The promise of the angels at the birth of Christ will be fulfilled through the Dalai Lama, Nobel laureate for peace.
This was the December issue, but it contained not one syllable about Christmas or Jesus Christ. The entire magazine was devoted to “PEACE ON EARTH,” but how to attain it through the true and only “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah:9:6), through whom alone comes “peace with God…by the blood of his cross” (Romans:5:1; Colossians:1:20) was not mentioned even once in its pages. This poster and magazine represent a growing attitude that permeates society and is promoted continually by the media.
Typical of his mission around the world, in Los Angeles in the summer of 1989 (just prior to receiving the Nobel Peace Prize), the Dalai Lama led an audience of 3000 devotees from many countries in a three-day “Kalachakra ritual for world peace” at Santa Monica’s Civic Auditorium. Reporting on that conference, Whole Life Times explained:
“The Dalai Lama taught in Santa Monica that it was possible for all human beings to eventually become a Buddha, a being of the highest wisdom and compassion and power…[through] a method called Deity Yoga…. Deity Yoga…is a special conscious act of…visualizing the illusion that we are already…god-like…[able] to create our own reality…[that we] are Buddhas.”
This is occultism of the highest order. It is also a delusion. Obviously, the Dalai Lama can’t create his own reality but shares a common reality with the rest of us. He eats, sleeps, tires, rides the same vehicles, gets wet in the same rain, and uses the same money. If “Deity Yoga” hasn’t even changed such simple things for the master who teaches it, then what can it do for the rest of us? Does the world’s hope for lasting peace really depend upon such occult means? That increasing multitudes are being seduced with the promise of occult power does not bode well for the future.
The Dalai Lama is everyone’s hero because he advocates a “spirituality” acceptable to all. On his first visit to the United States, in 1979, “His Holiness” was welcomed to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York at what Time magazine called “an extraordinary interreligious festival” hosted by Cardinal Terence J. Cooke, archbishop of New York. Declaring that “all the world’s major religions are basically the same,” the Dalai Lama was given a standing ovation by the overflow crowd of mostly Roman Catholics. In response to the Dalai Lama’s speech, Cardinal Cooke (since his death “the Vatican has approved opening the cause for [his] sainthood”) declared:
“This is one of the most dramatic movements of the Spirit in our time. We make each other welcome in our churches, temples and synagogues.”
There can be no question that we are seeing dramatic move of some spirit; but what spirit? It is equally clear that this spirit is not the Holy Spirit of the “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” (Exodus:3:6,15,16; Matthew:22:32; Acts:3:13, etc.), “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians:11:31; Ephesians:1:3, etc.) revealed to us in the Bible. That fact will become clear as we proceed.