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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

More repression causes more resentment: Dalai Lama

May 5, 2009

Phayul [Monday, May 04, 2009 12:28]
By Bhuchung D. Sonam

His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the WAMU theatre, Madison Square Garden,
NYC, May 3, 2009, photo/Sonam Wangchuk
His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the WAMU theatre, Madison Square Garden,
NYC, May 3, 2009, photo/Sonam Wangchuk
New York City, May 3, 2009: During his address to the Tibetans living in
New York and New Jersey areas, the Dalai Lama took the opportunity to
send a message to people inside Tibet not to take desperate acts under

“Please do not go under depression because of the current situation. We
do not have to be cowed down,” the Tibetan leader said.

The crackdown in Tibet by the Chinese Government has been intensified
since last year. Under such circumstance and atmosphere, the Tibetan
leader said, many Tibetans undergo depression and some even resort to

“The Tibetan situation now is at live and death case. The Chinese
policies are designed to do away with Tibetan identity and culture,” the
Nobel laureate said. “But the truth will never go away.”

The Dalai Lama mentioned a conversation he had with a recent arrival
from Tibet, who told him that the more the Chinese suppression the
stronger the Tibetan spirit of resistance grows."

However, the Nobel laureate said that Tibetans should never give up the
non-violent path because truth shall prevail. His Holiness also stressed
the importance of education, which will “enable Tibetans to take

In his remark to the audience gathered in the WAMU Theather, the Dalai
Lama said that Buddhism is the backbone of Tibetan culture and way of
life. “But there is a possibility that Buddhist culture may diminish
unless an attempt is made based in its value.”

Many people including Tibetans are attracted to “popular Buddhism” which
he defined as carrying rosaries and displaying expensive images of
Buddha and Bodhisattvas without true understanding of the philosophy.

Photo/Sonam Wangchuk
Photo/Sonam Wangchuk
“Rosary is useful in counting money,” the Dalai Lama said laughing
aloud. “Real Buddhist practice is transformation of mind.” While popular
Buddhism is “cheap and not good,” the true and genuine practice is
possible “by using the critical faculty of the mind.”

His Holiness urged Tibetans to engage in debate amongst themselves about
Buddhism in their homes and to speak to their children in Tibetan.

The talk was organized by Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey
and was attended by about five thousand Tibetans and other ethnic groups
from the Himalayan belt.
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