The Dalai Lama, former leader of Tibet, told a group of university students in Minneapolis, MN last week that he was a Marxist during a question and answer session according to report Friday from USA Today.

His Holiness told the students, "As far as socio-political beliefs are concerned, I consider myself a Marxist." Later in the answer he clarified his position saying he was not a Leninist.

He continued on telling the students that Marx and his ideals that he espoused weren't against religion or religious doctrines and philosophies, but how religious institutions became part of the ruling class of Europe who oppressed the poor.

I find this to be contrary to his spiritual philosophy of peace and of history itself because Marx himself wanted to topple all traditional institutions, religious ones most of all, in order to have dominion over all people with his view of a socialist workers paradise. It is attributed to Marx that, "Religion is said to be the opiate of the masses," but power is the true opiate as the 20th Century tells us with the countless millions exterminated by Communist regimes inspired by Marx.

The reason the Dalai Lama is not in Tibet today is that he would have most certainly been killed by the Red Chinese under the direction of Mao Tse-Tung in 1959 after the Tibetan uprisings. Nobody should be surprised that His Holiness would preach one thing about being free and living in harmony yet supporting an ideology which is opposed to anything but the harmony he looks to see spread across the world through love and simplicity.

Judging by his words and deeds the past few decades I am convinced the Dalai Lama has good intentions, but there is a massive disconnect with his feel good Utopian ideals and the reality.

I hope that His Holiness can see one day that his folly of following Marxism lessens his voice to those who are oppressed in Tibet and around the world who truly seek freedom from tyrants of the state and tyrants of the slave trade in his own backyard.

True freedom and liberation come at a bloody price already paid on our behalf, not soft words from a  pseudo-spirituality.