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Dalai Lama 'cried' over the recent turmoil in Tibet

March 23, 2008

The Economic Times
22 Mar, 2008

NEW YORK: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has said that the recent
turmoil in Tibet made him "cry" once but the practice of Buddhism helped
him deal with the situation.

Speaking to Magazine, the Dalai Lama said looking at the disturbing and
graphic images of casualties "he once cried."

But one advantage of belonging to the Tibetan Buddhist culture is that
even if at the intellectual level, there is a lot of turmoil, anxiety
and worries, at the deeper emotional level, there is calm, he said.

"Every night in my Buddhist practice I give and take. I take in Chinese
suspicion. I give back trust and compassion. I take their negative
feeling and give them positive feeling. I do that every day."

"This practice helps tremendously in keeping the emotional level stable
and steady. So during the last few days, despite a lot of worries and
anxiety, there is no disturbance in my sleep, he added.

Monks-led demonstrations marking the anniversary of a failed Tibetan
uprising against Chinese rule had erupted into violence in the most
intense protests in the two decades on Friday last, claiming 13 lives.
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