Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dalai Lama - remarks to Tibetans at Salugara - 29 March 2013

I found the following translation of the Dalai Lama's recent talk about the Middle Way interesting.

Translation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s remarks to Tibetans at Salugara
Central Tibetan Administration
Restoring Freedom for Tibetans
April 10, 2013 3:21 pm

The webpage has a nice picture:
"His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting the crowd before the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment in Salugara, West Bengal, on March 29, 2013.
Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL"

We have to think carefully. We have every right to claim independence, but Tibet is in a critical situation now. We have different language, culture, and tradition, and if we gradually really think on a mutually beneficial solution; for example, I usually ask the Chinese to look at the situation in India.

The East, South, West, and the North of India have different languages, different scripts, but there is no risk of separation as everyone receives equal facilities, and because there is rule of law, democracy and freedom.

Tibet has different language and script and if the Chinese treat Tibetans, as they talk about brethren nationalities, respect, love and provide equal rights, Tibetans will also consider accordingly.  This is because we, too, need to consider our interest at the broader level.

Therefore, we have to think from a broader perspective. China is economically a powerful country and so we need to see how we can benefit from that.  From the religious and cultural perspective, in addition to preserving and promoting Tibetan religion and culture, if we can help hundreds of millions of Chinese Buddhists, it also benefits the Buddha Dharma as also the individual people.  This is mutually beneficial.

N.B. This has been translated from the original remarks given in Tibetan.

         If there is any discrepancy between the two,
         please treat the Tibetan version as authoritative and final.

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