Sutiro wrote:In a recent post there was a lot of interest in famous people who are Buddhists. Two of those are arguably the most famous but which one is number one? Both have compelling credentials but I would like to open a debate by putting the case for Aung San Suu Kyi based on these observations:
Both have waged a long campaign for the liberation of their respective countries in a peaceful, resolute and noble manner but Suu Kyi seems to have succeeded where the Dalai Lama has not and probably will not.
HHDL is particularly famous in Western countries but in Asian countries, particularly China he is not popular and is seen as a relic of a backward era.
Whereas ASSK is universally famous especially in countries like China, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia,India and Burma of course where she is seen as an icon for democratic reform and a model of how to achieve it.
HHDL is not a prime advocate for democracy but for a return to a system that is out of step with modern reality.
I feel that if there were to be a world vote I think the lady would win hands down due to the weight of numbers from the Chinese vote alone.
That's my ten cents worth:)
I also don't see why there must be a popularity competition amongst the friends of the two.
"The winner creates himself enmity" Buddha.
Secondly, this is like trying to compare apples with oranges.
Dhamma teacher/ no Dhamma teacher.
I think the comparison is over, already with this.
What they have in common is being Buddhists, overwhelmed by enemies.
But it doesn't affect their kindness.
What would the Buddha have said about a popularity contest amongst his monks...?