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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Dalai Lama Saddened by Chinese Portrayal

May 26, 2008

May 25, 2008

The Dalai Lama said on Saturday he was saddened that Beijing's state
"propaganda" had left many Chinese considering him a "devil with horns".

On the first of five days of talks and teachings in the central
English city of Nottingham, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said
Beijing's control over information left millions thinking he was a "demon".

Emotional human values were lacking in modern China, he added.

"Millions of innocent Chinese will have no other way to get
information except government propaganda," he said in a talk at
Nottingham Arena.

"If millions feel that the Dalai Lama is a demon, then I feel very sad.

"This is no help to solve the problems."

His strength of character and inner peace lay in the fact he, and
other Tibetan Buddhists, had truth, he said.

"Violent methods cannot eliminate truth. Through violent suppression,
truth becomes stronger."

The 72-year-old monk called for a renewed emphasis on compassion and
affection in the world.
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