Surprise, Surprise. The Dalai Lama Is A Marxist.
The Dalai Lama told a group of students in a speaking conference at the University of Minnesota that, as far as his socio-political views are concerned, he’s a Marxist. The group of some 150 Chinese students were rightly astonished by this pronouncement.
This isn’t actually the first time the Dalai Lama has expressed such an anti-capitalistic stance; At a lecture in NYC, the Tibetan leader said although “capitalism” brought new freedoms to China, he still was a fervent believer of Marxist ideology; he then gave a rather weird distinction between the 2 views by saying Marxism has “moral ethics” whereas capitalism is only about making profits. That’s right. According to the Dalai Lama: Marxism has “moral ethics”. (Face, meet palm, now.)
It could be that he’s slightly sucking up to China –whose communist party, at least ostensibly, holds Marxism as its guiding philosophy– in the hopes of resolving some Tibetan-Chinese issues. But, nah, that would be too obvious.
Marxism may be seen to have some fictitious similarities with Buddhist philosophy –which is probably why the Dalai Lama holds it in esteem– in that it may give the illusion of being a socio-political view that advocates equality and class-less societies. But we already know from history that these are illusions. The only altruism in a Marxist society is of the forced variety; you ought to give to your fellow neighbor, as Jesus would do, else, we kill you.
It’s a good thing the Dalai Lama doesn’t fancy himself a politician, because his understanding of political philosophies; what works and what doesn’t, seems wanting.