Free Tibet From the Dalai Lama

ermadog at ermadog at
Wed Feb 27 03:53:23 MST 2002

Does anyone know anything about the authors of this book? They are
Leftists who took an interest in Eastern religion during the '80's. The
book doesn't seem to be available in English.

In [the womens magazine] Ab 40, much space has been devoted
to criticisms by women of the monotheistic religions. These have
concentrated on Christianity and Islam and womens roles in both
of these religions. In contrast, Buddhism had become for many
women a place of refuge for their religious needs, and has stood
for inner peace, meditation, compassion, wisdom, calmness,
etc., etc.

Now, in time for the turn of the millenium, comes a rousing critique
and analysis of womans role in Tibetan Buddhism, about the devaluation
and abuse of the feminine in this religion, (a critique) developed
in dialog by a woman and a man, Mariana and Herbert Rottgen (Victor
and Victoria Trimondi), which fits into the Ab 40 discussion.
I have known Herbert Rttgen for almost 30 years.

What fascinated me alongside his pioneering, visionary view of
the world was his untiring, intensive dialog with women [...],
and now his dialog with his wife Mariana about the significance
of traditional religions for the establishment of values and
creativity in a future culture. Their joint book, The Shadow
of the Dalai Lama is a start in this direction and the vehement,
often inappropriately aggressive, criticism which this book has
aroused in the media demonstrates that Mariana and Herbert Rttgen
(Victor and Victoria Trimondi) have hit a raw nerve with their

Woman World Wide - June 1999

The two authors have ventured almost to the limits of the "expressible"
with their book, The Shadow of the Dalai Lama. Particularly when
one considers how many people have turned to Buddhism nowadays.
Average citizens, followers of the esoteric, celebrities in Europe
and America have in good faith  but uninformed  committed themselves
to the cause of Tibet and its spiritual head of state. They are
not familiar with Lamaism and the religious practices of Tibetan
Buddhism. And the peaceable mask of the Fourteenth God-King remains
untouched. It covers his power-political and fundamentalist visions

What is actually hiding behind Buddhism and Buddhist Tantrism
has been subjected by the authors to a powerful analysis and
uncompromising critique. The fine detail of the differences within
the hierarchical ranking of the edifice of Buddhist teachings
is incredibly exactly sketched out here. With this view behind
the curtains, the shocked reader perceives the cultural design
(to be) in its innermost core atavistic, sexist and fundamentalist,
and extremely warlike. Also revealed is just how clearly a global
Buddhism is being striven for, one which questions values such
as democracy, human rights, equality of the sexes, and humanism.
With a shock the reader glimpses the contempt for humans and
deeply misogynist culture which conceals itself behind Tibetan
Buddhist thought so glorified by everyone.

The Tibetan variant of Buddhism is regarded in the West as a
hoard of unadulterated Far Eastern religiousness. The Dalai Lama
counts as a living symbol of Good. The Nobel Peace Prize winner
has managed to anchor the "Tibet myth" in the West thanks to
Hollywood films. The public are led astray with false information
and cover-up tactics by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, the Tibetan
government in exile, and the Tibetan clergy. The two authors
reveal the atavistic, fundamentalist cultural design which cannot
deny the ideological and cultic connection to esoteric fascism
and neo-fascism. But despite this almost uncompromising critique,
at the end of their work the authors canvas a discussion about
a Buddhism beyond such outdated and questionable traditions.

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