Monday, October 17, 2011

Dalai Lama

I know next to nothing about it but I follow the Dalai Lama on Twitter (which in itself is rather odd).  At NRO is a post on the succession plan which concludes on this note:

Student: What caused the war between the Chinese and the Buddhists?Trungpa Rinpoche: Well, the communists don’t like meditation practice. They think it is a waste of time. They think that people should be working all the time. Meditation produces too much personal strength. The communists want to develop group strength, not personal strength. They do not believe in the basic goodness of the individual; they believe in the basic goodness of the group. That is why it is called communism; that’s it in a nutshell.

Now perhaps this is an odd thought, but this brought to mind the almost reflexive liberalism of most college students.  If they read this, they'd almost certainly identify with the thought of Trungpa Rinpoche and yet they fail to see that modern liberalism is, like communism in this respect, all about the group.

Within the linked post above is an interesting analysis of the succession plan by a Columbia professor

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