The Dalai Lama is giving a series of lectures at the Radio City Music Hall in central Manhattan until Sunday Photo: GETTY
The Dalai Lama has criticised capitalism calling himself a Marxist, on a four day trip to New York
The Tibetan spiritual leader said Marxism has “moral ethics, whereas capitalism is only how to make profits.”
However, he credited China’s embrace of market economics for breaking communism’s grip over the world’s most populous country and forcing the ruling Communist Party to “represent all sorts of classes.”
Capitalism “brought a lot of positive to China. Millions of people’s living standards improved,” he said.
The Dalai Lama, 74, giving a series of lectures at the Radio City Music Hall in central Manhattan until Sunday, struck a strikingly optimistic note in general, saying that he believed the world is becoming a kinder, more unified place.
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.
The Dalai Lama said he felt a “sense of the oneness of human beings,” jokingly adding: “If those thoughts are wrong, please let me know!”
Although China, which forced him to escape for his life in 1959, is loosening up, he had harsh words for a communist leadership that he said still seeks to rule by fear.
As Chinese become richer, “they want more freedoms, they want an independent judiciary, they want to have a free sort of press,” he said.
The Chinese government, he said, seeks harmony, “but harmony must come out of the heart, not out of fear. So far, methods to bring harmony mostly rely on use of force.”