Contrary to widespread belief, he is not a vegetarian. He eats meat. He has done so (he claims) on a doctor’s advice following liver complications from hepatitis. I have checked with several doctors but none agrees that meat consumption is necessary or even desirable for a damaged liver.
You want to know his real reason for eating meat? It tastes good. Who cares if, according to Buddhism, this piece of roast beef was the reincarnated remains of one’s own grandpa? Does he even believe in the practices he is espousing?
The CIA wasn’t just his chief financier, it had trained the few men willing to fight for him as well according to a Newsweek article:
Help was on the way. In 1958 more than 30 Tibetans began training secretly at Camp Hale, not far from Leadville, Colorado.
Here about 300 Tibetans in all – assigned names like “Jack,” “Rocky” and “Martin” – were schooled in the black arts of covert warfare, from spy photography and sabotage to Morse code and mine-laying.
“We had great expectations when we went to America; we thought perhaps they would even give us an atom bomb to take back with us,” said one trainee, Tenzin Tsultrim.
The final nail in the coffin is a letter penned by either his “Holiness” or his entourage, sent to the CIA and revealed by a FOIA request.
It states that “Chinese Communists are firing about 2000 artillery shells per day. They have fired big guns and done very bad damage… Please send us weapons for 30,000 men by airplane”
To be fair, Mr Lama claims to be unaware of any of the CIA shenanigans until much later. Alas, words are wind and facts remain facts. After all, it is the easiest thing in the world to be a vegetarian pacifist… As long as you get to eat meat and wage war that is.