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Dalai Lama tells Polish children: build a century of peace

September 26, 2010

Monsters and Critics
September 23, 2010

Warsaw -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama
told Polish high school students Thursday that
youth had the responsibility to build a 'century
of peace' that must follow an epoch of bloodshed.

The exiled leader told students in Wroclaw,
western Poland, that the last century was a time
of technological advances, but also of bloodshed
that must be now followed by a century of dialogue and peace.

Real dialogue can only happen amid brotherhood
and mutual respect, the Dalai Lama added, in a
speech at the city's puppet theatre.

The talk came as the Tibetan spiritual leader
wrapped-up a two-day visit to Wroclaw that
followed his stops in Hungary and Germany.

The Dalai Lama was asked by students about his
idea of good, and about threats to humanity and
the concept of nirvana, reported the Polish Press Agency PAP.

The exiled leader later told reporters about his
responsibility to teach people about values and religious tolerance.

The Tibetan leader said the world was full of
fear and suspicion that would disappear if people
respected each other. The Dalai Lama added that
although he is a Buddhist, he keeps a distance to
his religion that allows him to deepen his faith
while remaining open to other believers.

The Nobel Peace Prize-recipient had praised the
Polish labour union Solidarity on Wednesday,
saying he felt a special bond with the movement
which battled communism in the 1980s.

The Dalai Lama launched his visit Wednesday by
visiting an exhibit about Solidarity put together
to mark the 30th anniversary this year of the union's founding.

The Tibetan spiritual leader received an honorary
citizenship from the city of Wroclaw in 2008, and
became an honorary citizen of Warsaw a year later.

China has accused the Dalai Lama of wanting an
independent Tibet, but the leader says he wants autonomy for the region.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet after an abortive
uprising against China in 1959, and set up a
Tibetan government-in-exile in India.
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