Asked to embrace capitalism, the Dalai Lama demurs

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The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, speaks to the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday (Feb. 20) in Washington, D.C. The think tank, which advocates for the strengthening of free market capitalism, asked the Dalai Lama to participate in discussions on "Economics, Happiness, and the Search for a Better Life." RNS photo by Lauren Markoe

The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, speaks to the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday (Feb. 20) in Washington, D.C. The think tank, which advocates for the strengthening of free market capitalism, asked the Dalai Lama to participate in discussions on "Economics, Happiness, and the Search for a Better Life." RNS photo by Lauren Markoe

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(RNS) Some of the brightest pro-business minds in the nation prodded the Dalai Lama to offer a warm endorsement of capitalism. They came up short.