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Is the dalai lama like the pope?

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2011-10-24 18:41:21
2011-10-24 18:41:21

In that both positions are the heads of organizations which are respected by their own followers and many others in the world, each man is the head of a segment, but not all, of their "religious" group (Christianity or Buddhism), and each is the head of a temporal government - yes.

There are however many differences:

  • The Pope is chosen by a body of his peers from amongst themselves, the Dalai Lama is the reincarnation of the previous position holders
  • The Pope is supposedly a conduit to the god he worships, the Dalai Lama is simply a man
  • The Dalai Lama has received a Nobel Peace Prize - the Pope hasn't
  • The Pope is apparently much richer than the Dalai Lama

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