DALAI LAMA DECLARED, “I AM A MARXIST,” ENDING ANY BUDDHIST CREDIBILITY

That would be the “Yellow Hat” branch of Tibetan Buddhism which the Dalai Lama leads.

We practice, proclaim and celebrate, Christianity here. We expect to touch and change lives in the process. We support and defend Judaism here. Islam is a regular subject here and we call evil by its name. We spend virtually no time here on the older feeble religions. Here’s a story that compels us to simply write Buddhism off. Done. Kaput. Finished. Sayonara. Audios. This piece in the American Thinker by Selwyn Duke caught my eye.

There is no better way to proclaim your lack of spiritual and philosophical depth than by, two decades after the fall of communism, disclosing that you’re a Marxist. Yet this is precisely what Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama did during a speech before 150 Chinese students at the University of Minnesota this month. Journalist Tsering Namgyal reports on the story at Religion Dispatches, writing, “‘as far as socio-political beliefs are concerned, I consider myself a Marxist.’ ‘But not a Leninist,’ he [the Lama] clarified.”

Well, that’s a relief. Those Leninists can really kill ya’. Marxists will just murder you.

We’re not on a Buddhist project so let’s just enjoy a bit more of Duke:

This isn’t the first time the Lama indicated that his soul is as red as the robes he wears. During a lecture in NYC on May 19, the Tibetan leader credited “capitalism” with bringing new freedoms to China but then said, “Still I am a Marxist”; he then explained that Marxism has “moral ethics, whereas capitalism is only how to make profits.” That’s some deep thinking right there.

Now, I have the word “capitalism” in quotation marks because it was originated by a communist, and we shouldn’t allow enemies of the good to define the vocabulary of the debate. I prefer to call the mostly free market in question a “natural economy,” as it is what naturally occurs when people are afforded economic freedom; they will buy, produce, sell and compete. In contrast, communism (in the real world, not in the stateless utopia of textbook fantasies) requires a large, intrusive, freedom-squelching government to micromanage people’s endeavors and quash the yearnings of man’s spirit. And because the Natural Economy does allow people the most freedom practical (we still must have courts to enforce contracts, for instance), it is infinitely morally superior to Marxism.

You should to be hooked by now. Go here for the rest.

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