Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Of Course The Dalai Lama Is A Marxist

I've written a new piece for The Guardian. Taster below...


Of course the Dalai Lama's a Marxist

The leader's statement shocked some in the west, but reminds us of Buddhism's commitment to social as well as individual good
The Dalai Lama has a refreshing tendency to confound western caricatures. As a cuddly old monk, he could comfort fans by fuzzily connecting us to an imagined Shangri-La that contrasts favourably with our own material world. Only he won't play the game, regularly making ethical, political, scientific and (ir)religious statements that rudely pop the projections laid on to him. He was at it again the other day, telling Chinese students that he considers himself a Marxist...
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The Dalai Lama has a refreshing tendency to confound western caricatures. As a cuddly old monk, he could comfort fans by fuzzily connecting us to an imagined Shangri-La that contrasts favourably with our own material world. Only he won't play the game, regularly making ethical, political, scientific and (ir)religious statements that rudely pop the projections laid on to him.
He was at it again the other day, telling Chinese students that heconsiders himself a Marxist

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