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April 8, 2008

Dalai Lama: 'I Am A Marxist Monk'

Topics: International News

Richard Gere's spiritual leader is a nutjob:

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama calls himself a Marxist monk, because "Marxism is more ethical, unlike capitalism".
What little respect I did have for this guy, is now clearly out the window. His logic and reasoning have apparently been negatively affected by too many hours of meditation.

Posted by Richard at April 8, 2008 9:34 AM

Ditto. What's he thinking??!?!?! Or maybe he wasn't ...

Posted by: Steven W. at April 8, 2008 10:00 AM

A commenter at Free Republic suggested that we needed to look at the comment from a Buddhist perspective. My first thought after reading the comment on the Dalai Lama's comment was that what he said is very clear - so clear that we actually have to take him at his words. The guy is a Marxist.

Here's the Dalai Lama on Marxism:

"I was very young when I first heard the word communist. The 13th Dalai Lama had left a testament that I read. Also, some of the monks who were helping my studies had been in monasteries with Mongolians. They had talked about the destruction that had taken place since the communists came to Mongolia. We did not know anything about Marxist ideology. But we all feared destruction and thought of communists with terror. It was only when I went to China in 1954-55 that I actually studied Marxist ideology and learned the history of the Chinese revolution. Once I understood Marxism, my attitude change completely. I was so attracted to Marxism, I even expressed my wish to become a Communist Party member."

"Tibet at that time was very, very backward. The ruling class did not seem to care, and there was much inequality. Marxism talked about an equal and just distribution of wealth. I was very much in favor of this. Then there was the concept of self-creation. Marxism talked about self-reliance, without depending on a creator or a God. That was very attractive. I had tried to some things for my people, but I did not have enough time. I still think that if a genuine communist movement had come to Tibet, there would have been much benefit to the people."

This man is very seriously confused - and he is indeed a Marxist, and says so.

Posted by: Richard at April 8, 2008 11:31 AM

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