Monday, 2 December 2013

Confrontation with China cannot solve Tibet issue: Dalai Lama

GREATER NOIDA: Tibetans are not insisting on independence as any confrontation with China cannot solve the issue and autonomy for the region will be mutually beneficial for both sides, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Sunday. 

"We are not seeking independence for mutual benefit. (If) we insist independence, this results in confrontation but confrontation cannot solve problems," he said at a special public address here. 

Stressing that Tibet's autonomy would be mutually beneficial to Tibetans and the Chinese, the 78-year-old Dalai Lama said he was "not seeking a separation". He, however, said people of Tibet should have "full sovereignty about their culture, environment, and language." 

"Previously, there have been talks with the Chinese leadership but with no concrete results. Tibetans who are culturally highly developed, are also one of the pure living traditions of Buddhism and sovereignty will be mutually beneficial," he said. 

"Over two years, thousands of articles in China have expressed support for the Tibetan movement. Violence was past century's mistake, and costs both sides. Whether we like it or not, we have to live together," the Dalai Lama said. 

The spiritual leader also said the Chinese have accused Tibetans of being separatists and called him a "demon". 

Calling himself a "refugee", a "homeless" person and the longest guest of India, he expressed gratitude towards the Indian government and said he feels both psychologically and emotionally close to the country. 

Emphasizing that violence has never been able to shape a better world, the Dalai Lama said that government of India, the US and the European Union have stood in full support of the "free Tibet movement". 

The spiritual leader said events of violence like that in Israel-Palestine, the Shia-Sunni conflict or the conflict between Muslims and Buddhists in Burma have not created a better world, adding that "religious intolerance has made people hypocrites". 

Addressing dignitaries and students from India and Bhutan, the Dalai Lama called India a living example of promoting a sense of compassion and responsibilities through secular means.

1 comment:

  1. The sad thing is that 30 years of not confronting, of readiness to dialogue and of peaceful approach has not improved a bit the situation for Tibetans inside Tibet.
    The fact is that the situation for Tibetans to live as Tibetans and Buddhists become so difficult that more then 120 mostly young Tibetans self immolated to communicate the truth of Chinese policy in Tibet.
    HH is a wonderful and visionary personality sincerely seeing world peace as the only goal for global human family ...
    Saddly our adversary are Communist China's leaders and they don't care about world peace and Tibetan people ... Their priority is expansion of power and economic increase ... this with the support of all world leaders. Tibetan people get now pushed to forget about truth, right and justice ... we are now demanded to embrace the killers of our family ,the ones who robbed our homeland ... We are demanded to give China by free will our land and our identity ... To become by free will a part of Communist China ... For world peace and for peace to expand and increase world trades ....
    All Tibetans are asked to behave like HH the Dalai Lama like Bodhisatvas, to not insist egoistically on territory, national and identity rights ... To be just compassionate with brother red China.
    Does anyone truly believe that this will make a difference for world peace? Does anyone truly believe that Tibet under the red flag has a chance to survive as authentic Buddhist Tibet?
    Has anyone the right to demand all Tibetan people to sacrifice what is the most precious to them? Their freedom of religion and their independence?
    Even if we would do it by love to HH the Dalai Lama ... There will never be peace in Tibet because where oppression is, there will be resistance ... China will pay expansive for Tibet ... for generations. Forced harmony is oppression too