Dalai Lama admits he’s a commie

Spengler noted, in his great Decline of the West, that Buddhism and socialism are morphologically equivalent.  They are both symptoms of a society that has lost its spiritual vitality.  Socialism is the materialist corruption of Christianity, just as Buddhism is the materialist corruption of Hinduism.

It would seem that the relationship between Buddhism and socialism–full, clenched-fisted communism, in fact–is even closer than that.  A couple of months ago, the Dalai Lama came out as a communist:

“Still I am a Marxist,” the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader said in New York, where he arrived with an entourage of robed monks and a heavy security detail to give a series of paid public lectures.

Marxism has “moral ethics, whereas capitalism is only how to make profits,” the Dalai Lama, 74, said.

Anti-war movements, huge international aid efforts after Haiti’s earthquake this year, and the election of Barack Obama as the first black president in a once deeply racist United States are “clear signs of human beings being more mature,” he said.

“Oh, but maybe he meant…”  Bull.  The dude’s country was conquered by Maoist China; he knows perfectly well what “Marxist” means, and he’s decided it’s just his cup of tea.  The spiritual sickness of Buddhism and the spiritual sickness of Marxism:  it’s a match made in…someplace, anyway.

Also, don’t you just love his fawning over President Obama like a Leftist little schoolgirl?

5 Responses

  1. The Dalai Lama has a very strange and frankly un-Buddhist conception of progress. That is to say, he believes in progress the way Marxists do… the inexorable movement of history towards the creation of paradise on Earth. Traditional Buddhists, the Theravada elders of Thailand, the Zen Buddhists of Japan, and the Buddha himself would be very startled to hear his views.

  2. Hello Daniel,

    Well, that’s a relief anyway. Are you aware of any resistance within the Buddhist community itself toward the Dalai Lama’s Leftism? I would be very interested to learn about any sort of debates they’re having.

  3. Hi Bonald,

    No, I haven’t heard of any such disagreement. The Western Buddhist world, as you know, is very much on-board with the Dalai Lama and his crypto-Marxism (or not so crypto!). My suspicion about the old guard among Asian Buddhists (and here I am thinking of mainly the southern school the Theravada or “Hinayana” (a pejorative)) is that if these kinds of things were made explicit to them, they would side against the Dalai Lama on them. But I also suspect that these kinds of questions are not really on their radar. Just conjecture though. I have no information one way or the other.

    I’ll respond to your other post on Cambpell, Aristotle, and Buddhism tomorrow when I have time to give it some more thought.


  4. ‘Buddhism is the materialist corruption of Hinduism.’


    Hinduism is a lot less monolithic than 19th century scholarship would suggest. Buddhism owes a great deal to what would properly be called pre-Hindu religion.

    Buddhism is not necessarily materialist; in fact Buddhism is quite compatible with Bishop Berkeley’s Immaterialism.

  5. ‘The Dalai Lama has a very strange and frankly un-Buddhist conception of progress.’

    The Dalai Lama is also strongly tied to Tibet, a nation under the thumb of China. The Dalai Lama often says things that are intended for Chinese ears.

    ‘Are you aware of any resistance within the Buddhist community itself toward the Dalai Lama’s Leftism?’

    I am aware of a great many Buddhists who think the Dalai Lama is saying things for political effect, knowing full well that they are not very orthodox.

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