This picture in taste is precisely akin to Pope Benedict posing with US seals. Even more damaging in the case of Dalai Lama as Buddhist Precept number1 is 'Abstain From Taking Life.'
The contradiction here in this picture is that in the Vinaya the Buddha is depicted as saying, "A monk should not intentionally deprive a living creature of life, even if it be only an ant."
Buddha's main precepts are 5 they are essential source for people seeking greater happiness and peace of mind.
Buddhist Precept number1: Abstain From Taking Life
Buddhist Precept number2: Abstain From Taking What Has Not Been Given To You
Buddhist Precept number3: Abstain From Sexual Misconduct
Buddhist Precept number4: Abstain From False Speech
Buddhist Precept number5: Abstain From Intoxicants That Cause Heedlessness
Forget about warring man Even Insects and pest control is a difficult issue for Buddhists. The First Precept does not allow the killing of living beings. This generally refers to all sentient beings which includes all animals and humans. Insects are members of the Animal Kingdom. Buddhism - in theory - does not requires its followers to believe in anything. Instead, by following the Buddhist code, Life slowly becomes less painful, as attachment to its rewards decreases. Essentially, that code can be expressed as:
"Do no evil
Cultivate goodness &
Purify one's mind"
In the Metta Sutta the Buddha states:
"May all beings be happy at heart.
Whatever beings there may be,
weak or strong, without exception, [which appears to include insects]
seen & unseen,
near & far,
born & seeking birth:
May all beings be happy at heart."
Unlike Christianity - and all other major religions, for that matter - Buddhism has no "God" watching you. Instead, if you follow the Buddhist code, they say that you will attain a growing awareness that Life's pleasures, indulgences and misdeeds all lead to an Attachment of some kind.
Gurkha are professional soldiers who are employed for their extraordinary valour and capability to decapitate and kill the opponent. They 'fight' as a profession mainly due to lack of other economic prospects in their homeland, Dalai Lama can prohibit this but with serious economic consequences for the Ghurkha families. He is a pragmatic leader. They are great disciplinarian, great fighters and are usually associated with good guys not the baddies. Therefore a great press all the time. Gurkhas are best known for their history in the Indian Army's Gorkha regiments, the British Army's Brigade of Gurkhas and the Nepalese Army. Former Chief of staff of the Indian Army.
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, once famously said about Gurkhas:
''If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha.''
Story of a Gurkha who got an award as he killed Taliban with machinegun tripod 'I had so many of them around me that I thought I was definitely going to die so I thought I'd kill as many of them as I could before they killed me.
Most of the militants were about 50ft away from him, but at one point he turned around to see a 'huge' Taliban fighter looming over him.
The soldier picked up his machine gun and fired a long burst at the man until he fell off the roof.
When another insurgent tried to climb up to his position, the Gurkha attempted to shoot him with his SA80 rifle. But it did not work, either because it had jammed or because the magazine was empty.
He first grabbed a sandbag but it had not been tied up and the contents fell to the floor.
Then he seized the metal tripod of his machine gun and threw it at the approaching Taliban militant, shouting in Nepali 'Marchu talai' ('I will kill you') and knocking him down.