November 4, 2009
Tibet: Dalai Lama Refutes “Splittism” Once More
Tibet seeking genuine autonomy as enshrined in the constitution of People’s Republic of China
On his arrival at the provincial capital of Matsuyama early morning today [3 November 2009],His Holiness the Dalai Lama interacted with the local media at Funaya Hotel for over an hour.
“I am not demanding independence for Tibet. I am only seeking genuine autonomy as enshrined in the constitution of People’s Republic of China,” said the exiled Tibetan leader in response to a question. Expressing his hope in the Chinese people, His Holiness said that the number of articles and commentaries, critical of China’s policies on Tibet in the past one year by Chinese scholars and intellectuals were encouraging signs.
The Chinese Government accuses the Dalai Lama of being a ‘splitist’ and violently suppressed last year’s anti-government protests that spread all across the Tibetan plateau.
The Nobel Peace Laureate on his first visit to the largest city of Japan’s Shikoku Island said that he felt fortunate at being able to make pilgrimage to the holy temples in Japan and appreciated the ‘beautiful natural scenery’.
“There were many people at the temples yesterday when I offered prayers. They looked happy, I am also happy,” said His Holiness.
Responding to a question, the exiled Tibetan leader said that the last five decades in exile has proved as an opportunity to preserve the Tibetan cultural heritage, which remains in a ‘more pristine form in exile than in Tibet’.
“At present, there is a healthy community of over 1,600,000 Tibetans in exile and a new younger generation, equipped with basic modern education is emerging to take responsibilities,” said His Holiness. “Personally, I met a lot of people in the last 50 years and learned a lot from them. It has been a very rewarding experience,” added the exiled Tibetan leader.
Stressing that the world today is giving ‘too much importance’ on the ‘secondary aspects of faith, nationality and social background,’ His Holiness said, “Wherever I go, I always feel I am meeting one of my own. All human beings are part of the same human family and our happiness depends on each other’s well-being.”
Compassion brings the will to help others. In the afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a public talk at the Ehime Budokan stadium on ‘The ways of leading a happy life’.