"I'm a Marxist," I blurted out in front of a group of Buddhists.
We were gathered one Monday evening in New York for the Buddhist Action Coalition's monthly meeting. I don't remember the specific context. It may have been a discussion on finding a sustainable direction in our work, or maybe a deliberation on a dharma–political theory study group.
After the meeting, one of the Buddhist teachers in attendance came up to me and said, "That was the best part of the meeting." We both chuckled. He and I have had spontaneous dialogues on socioeconomic theories, Marxism in particular, but those had been one-on-one conversations. This declaration was public, and was my first amidst fellow Buddhists.