God on Twitter?

dalalama Currently the two top Twitterers are President Obama and Stephen Fry, men that are regarded by some as being omnipotent, which is one of the main characteristics of being a God. Now it seems that God’s representatives on earth can no longer resist the lure of broadcasting what they are doing in 140 character chunks to the twittering masses.

The 14th Dalai Lama joined Twitter on Saturday, well or more accurately his office did, tweeting under the name of OHHDL, Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and so far seems to be doing a good job. There have been 46 updates so far, most in response to other people and he’s garnered over 18,000 followers and is following over 11,000 – so far a nice example of how to engage.

Now while I’m more than happy for ppl to tweet on the behalf of companies, or celebs as long as they do it transparently, as in this case, I can’t help but wish that it was the Dalai Lama was twittering himself.  This is purely because historically the way they confirm  the next incarnation of the recently passed Lama is for the selected child to accurately identify items that belonged to him in the previous life. This process isn’t always that simple and if there are several potential candidates the winner, as it were, might become the Lama by having his name drawn from a pot.

As is not often the case, the advent of technology could potentially facilitate this process, because if the 14th Dalai Lama was actually running is own twitter account, we could identify the 15th purely on his knowledge of the password.

0 thoughts on “God on Twitter?

  1. I’m not sure what the latest bio update means: “Not affiliated with the real Dalai Lama; Visit the official site http://www.dalailama.com for more information.”

    Looking at the site, I find “The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (OHHDL), known in Tibetan as Kuger Yigtsang, is the personal office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It provides secretarial assistance to His Holiness and broadly speaking, is responsible for all matters related to His Holiness and acts on his behalf.”

    So — am I to understand that the Twitter account isn’t run by the OHHDL? If it were run by the OHDDL, why would it caveat that it “wasn’t affiliated with the real Dalai Lama”?

    Or are they having doubts?

  2. @Mat You’re right certainly seems as if it is unofficial from the this tweet, which is a shame as it is doing a much better job than some other official celeb/brand presences on Twitter

    @Brendan Its a tricky one, there is no absolute creator God in Budhism, but neither does it deny the existence of gods/super natural beings. That said the Lama isn’t deemed to the representative of Buddha on earth, in the same say that the Pope is, so you’re right God isn’t the traditional Christian sense. All that said, I learnt pretty much everything I know about Buddhism from Monkey! so I shall be joining you in the grabbing of coat 😉

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