I am normally a big fan of the Dalai Lama, except for when he plays up Marxism or opines on sexuality. I was very disappointed when he refused on Monday to answer a question about whether Tibetan monks should stop setting themselves on fire to protest China's occupation of Tibet.
This was an opportunity for the spiritual leader of Tibet to say something that could save people's lives. The reality is (and he knows it) that China will never free Tibet. I have been to China many times, and it is absolutely clear to me that China regards the issue of Tibetan independence as completely off the table.
Why, then, would the Dalai Lama effectively consent to the martyrdom of his followers by remaining silent? So much for the "Buddha of compassion."