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World Needs Tibet's Compassionate and Non-Violent Culture: His Holiness

November 25, 2008

Central Tibetan Administration
Tibet.net
November 24, 2008

Dharamshala -- Expressing deep concern over Tibet facing real danger
to its ancient culture since last fifty years under the wrong
policies of the Chinese government, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has
called on the world community to save Tibet's culture.

"The Tibetan culture is a compassionate and non-violent culture and
the world must save this beautiful culture," His Holiness the Dalai
Lama told reporters on Sunday, a day after the historic summit of
Tibetans in exile ended with a call to "stand firm on Middle Way
Approach to resolve the issue of Tibet".

His Holiness also expressed concern over the rapidly shrinking
glaciers in the Tibetan plateau.

"The preservation of Tibetan ecology is not only the interest and
concern of six million Tibetan people, it also concerns the lives of
billions of people living in the whole of Asia, who depend on rivers
originating from the Tibetan plateau," His Holiness said.

Underlining the need to keep genuine friendship based on trust
between China and India, His Holiness said in order to develop
brotherly relationship between the two most populous nations, it is
essential to find a solution to resolve the Tibetan issue, His Holiness said.

His Holiness said he would remain steadfast in fulfilling his first
two commitments - of promoting human values and religious harmony –
until his death. "I will not take complete retirement from carrying
out these two commitments," His Holiness added.

On his commitment on Tibet, His Holiness said he would remain fully
committed to lead the Tibetan people, until they return to Tibet and
achieve a certain degree of freedom.

Emphasising Tibetan people's full commitment to the promotion of
democracy, His Holiness said he has devolved most of his
administrative responsibilities to Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong
Rinpoche, the democratically elected head of Tibetans-in-exile.

However, His Holiness said it is up to the Tibetan people to decide
on whether they need the institution of Dalai Lama to continue or not.

His Holiness said Tibetan and Chinese peoples share common interest
for a more open and democratic society.

A Chinese delegation representing the Federation for a Democratic
China based in Australia, who received audience of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama on Saturday, were also present at the press conference.

The Chinese delegation expressed their deepest respect for His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and their sympathy for the Tibetan people.

"We wish to gain a deeper and more personal understanding of the
suffering and grief of exile Tibetans, and to listen to the voices
and cries of those who desperately continuing their fight for a free
Tibet which will protect and nurture Tibetan culture and religion,"
the delegation said.

Expressing their firm opposition to the blind nationalism and Han
chauvinism, the Chinese delegation said: "A democratic political
system and federalisation of China are imperative in order to
guarantee the equal and harmonious co-existence of different
nationalities within one body politic."

The hopes and aspirations of the different ethnic nationalities will
only be respected, addressed, consulted when China becomes
democracy," they added.

Before meeting with the press, His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed
to the delegates of the special meeting on Tibet.

His Holiness underlined the need for the Tibetans in exile to develop
innovative ideas and make progress in specialization, particularly in
education and diplomatic fields.

Cautioning the Tibetans not to get overwhelmed by complacency and
negligence taking into consideration the importance of next twenty
years, His Holiness said Tibetans must make real progress in order to
fulfill the expectations and hopes of the Tibetan people living inside Tibet.

His Holiness said the Tibetan people should maintain friendly
relations with the Chinese people, while emphasising that reaching
out to ordinary Chinese people is more important than making contacts
with the Chinese leadership.

His Holiness said he has "unshakable faith in the Chinese people",
though his faith in the present Chinese leadership is getting thinner
and thinner.
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