very young when I first heard the word communist. The 13th Dalai Lama had left a testament
that I read. Also, some of the monks who were helping my studies had been in monasteries
with Mongolians. They had talked about the destruction that had taken place since the
communists came to Mongolia. We did not know anything about Marxist ideology. But we all
feared destruction and thought of communists with terror. It was only when I went to China
in 1954-55 that I actually studied Marxist ideology and learned the history of the Chinese
revolution. Once I understood Marxism, my attitude change completely. I was so attracted
to Marxism, I even expressed my wish to become a Communist Party member."
"Tibet at that time was very, very backward. The ruling class did not seem
to care, and there was much inequality. Marxism talked about an equal and just
distribution of wealth. I was very much in favor of this. Then there was the concept of
self-creation. Marxism talked about self-reliance, without depending on a creator or
a God. That was very attractive. I had tried to some things for my people, but I did not
have enough time. I still think that if a genuine communist movement had come to Tibet,
there would have been much benefit to the people."
Magazine; "Exile;" October 4, 1999; pp. 78,79.)