By Samdhong Rinpoche

This can be the first-ever sequence of in-depth dialogues with the present top Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, Samdhong Rinpoche, offering his perspectives at the plight of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism within the face of the communist chinese language invasion.

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Appendix: Extracts from Samdhong Rinpoche’s essay, “The Social and Political Strata in Buddhist Thought” (Published in the Tibet Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1977). The Buddha, indeed, was the first man to have envisaged the basic concepts of social living and human relationships. His ideas were as dynamic and revolutionary as they were original. It is not surprising, therefore, that the latest theories of socialism and democracy seem to have live wires in the original thoughts of the Buddha. . 27 Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised World In the Buddhist scriptures the term “social” has a wider sense than its usual application to mere human existence.

I don’t know how I can respond briefly to something which needs seven days to discuss. But in a very small nutshell: what is economics? It is necessary to understand, to define what economics is and what economic value is. Not only human beings but all sentient beings born in a biological body also have a consciousness. They have their natural needs to sustain the body and to sustain the development of mind, but nature does not provide these freely. Nature demands of you that you make an effort, that you work hard, and if you use your biological body to achieve your needs there is no need of industry, there is no need of huge machines.

Would such a person have the opportunity in other lifetimes to begin again? RINPOCHE: Karma will give its result and no force can stop it. Karma has the power to bring about a result but if the result is not yet manifested, then you can remedy it. But if, for example, a child is born without an eye organ, you cannot create a new eye organ by any means. A child who is born with an eye organ which is defective or having a certain weakness, in this case karmic force is not yet giving the full result.

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