- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 20, 2014

Who knew capitalism was spiritual? The Dalai Lama has partnered with the American Enterprise Institute to stream a video message that touts the benefits of free market systems.

“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,” AEI said in a statement on its website.

The think tank hoped for a “conversation” with the Dalai Lama “about how the free enterprise system can offer the best path toward happiness.”

“We must stop considering free enterprise purely in terms of economic gain and wealth creation and begin considering it in terms of human fulfillment,” the organization said in the posted message.

Among the other speakers will be AEI head Arthur Brooks and several top-tier university scholars, Breitbart reported.