The Dalai Lama recently admitted he was a Marxist. USA Todayreported:
what we hear from the Dalai Lama is an insistant yet soothing voice for
compassion and peace.
Tsering Namgyal, a journalist based in Minneapolis, was jolted by the Dalai
Lama’s talk to 150 Chinese students this month at University of Minnesota.
Writing at Religion Dispatches, he says:
through the conversation, His Holiness, much to their surprise, told them “as
far as socio-political beliefs are concerned, I consider myself a Marxist … But
not a Leninist,” he clarified.
all, China is constantly pressing to legitimize its takeover of Tibet in world
opinion. Meanwhile, the Buddhist spiritual leader is the global symbol of Tibetan
opposition what they consider the obliteration of their independence and
one student asked it this didn’t contradict the Dalai Lama’s philosophy, he
was not against religion or religious philosophy per se but against religious
institutions that were allied, during Marx’s time, with the European ruling
class. He also provided an interesting anecdote about his experience with Mao.
He said that Mao had felt that the Dalai Lama’s mind was very logical, implying
that Buddhist education and training help sharpens the mind. He said he met
with Mao several times, and that once, during a meeting in Beijing, the Chinese
leader called him in and announced: “Your mind is scientific!” — an assessment
that was followed by the famous line, “religion is poison.”