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The special presentation will premier February 20 at 9 AM and will be live streamed.
The Dalai Lama will join AEI’s Arthur Brooks, himself a dynamic and infectious speaker, to discuss the human benefits of the free enterprise system.
Free enterprise, free trade, and capitalism are forever being attacked in the media and the halls of higher education and government, but as AEI notes, simply "doubling down" on debates about tax policy and budgets is not all that supporters of free market ideals can rely on to back their position.
About This Event
Recent years have made clear that the free enterprise system is under immense strain. But the answer is not simply to double down on budgetary arguments, tout low-tax solutions, and explain economic basics. We must stop considering free enterprise purely in terms of economic gain and wealth creation and begin considering it in terms of human fulfillment. In working with his Holiness the Dalai Lama, AEI seeks to create an open forum among scholars, social and political leaders, doctors, and scientists to discuss the ways in which material prosperity, spiritual development, and ethical leadership can maximize human flourishing.
Far from a talk, we look forward to a conversation with His Holiness about how the free enterprise system can offer the best path toward happiness when predicated on ethical leadership, morality, and compassion for others.
This event will be livestreamed only. You can join the conversation in the liveblog below.
reply to post by Stormdancer777
Stuff like this makes me question the legitimacy of the Dhali Lama, Buddhist should not get involved in politics.
In fact the Buddha escaped his home in a palace to avoid getting involved in politics and to help his fellow man.
ETA: the only involvement that should really take place is protesting wars and nuclear weapons, beyond that, it's just noise that is not relevant to a developing spiritual being.edit on 20-2-2014 by iRoyalty because: (no reason given)
You need to review your thinking above about his escaping to avoid politics. I think that most observers would say that he escaped to retain his life. If he avoided politics, he would have calmly stayed and took whatever the Chinese wanted to dish out. Plus, I guess, you completely ignore everything he has said of a political nature relating to him literally losing his country?
reply to post by solongandgoodnight
So would I, he's meant to guide all Buddhists to Enlightenment, but I have never felt like he is a being who has ever achieved Enlightenment himself.
I hope I am wrong but perhaps he's just another element of control in this Matrix we call life.
reply to post by Stormdancer777
I definitely believe it's possible, has it been done any time since the Buddha? Perhaps, but no one of note I could name you right now so I see your point. But you would at least expect the leader of Buddhism to be showing signs of Bodhisattva maybe?
Perhaps I expect too much, I don't know. I know he has a good heart, I just question if there are strings attached. It can happen to the best of us.
In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be unfactual, untrue, unbeneficial, unendearing and disagreeable to others, he does not say them.
In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be factual, true, yet unbeneficial, unendearing and disagreeable to others, he does not say them.
In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be factual, true, beneficial, yet unendearing and disagreeable to others, he has a sense of the proper time for saying them.
In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be unfactual, untrue, unbeneficial, yet endearing and agreeable to others, he does not say them.
In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be factual, true, but unbeneficial, yet endearing and agreeable to others, he does not say them.
In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be factual, true, beneficial, and endearing and agreeable to others, he has a sense of the proper time for saying them.
Why is that? Because the Tathagata has sympathy for living beings.
Someone who is Enlightened are meant to have this aura about themselves, a calm, warm and serene look about them at all times. I picture them as not wanting to get involved in anything that would possibly offend or backs a certain ideology.
If the Dhali Lama is doing a speech support Capitalism, I see this as a breech of the Eightfold Path.