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His Holiness exchanges views on Tibet with Chinese Scholars

July 31, 2008

Report filed by Mr Bhuchung K Tsering. Editing by Lobsang CHOEDAK
July 29 2008

Dharamshala -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama exchanged views with
Chinese scholars-based in US on the situation in Tibet and way
forward on finding a mutually satisfactory solution for the Tibetan
issue within the framework of the constitution of the People's
Republic of China.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets a gathering at the symposium
celebrating Tibetan culture held at the Aspen Institute in Colorado,
on 26 July 2008/Photo Credit: Zach Ornitz/Aspen Daily News

His Holiness met with seven Chinese scholars working in universities
and other academic institutions-based in US in Aspen Institute,
Colorado, on 26 July.

The meeting is part of an initiative of The Brookings Institute based
in Washington, D.C.

Tibetan officials, including Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche, Special
Envoy Lodi Gyari Gyaltsen, Chhime R. Chhoekyapa, secretary to His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tashi Wangdi, representative of the office
of Tibet, New York, Lobsang Nyandak, representative designate,
Tsewang Phuntso, liaison officer, and Bhuchung K Tsering, member of
task force attended the meeting.

Following the meeting with the Chinese scholars, His Holiness
addressed a packed house on "Value-based leadership and Universal

Speaking on his belief on the oneness of humanity despite apparent
differences, His Holiness said we are physically and mentally same.
His Holiness said: "Many of the problems in today's world are
man-made and arise due to too much emphasis on secondary issues like
religion, race, etc.," "We do this forgetting the basic humanity in
all of us," he added.

His Holiness said he considered himself a Marxist as he admired its
socio-economic theory, but he was against the totalitarian thinking.
His Holiness further said he identified himself as a liberal and
democratic socialist.

His Holiness also talked about today's globalised world and said the
new reality is that the concept of "we" and "they" are no longer valid.

In terms of leadership qualities His Holiness said honesty,
truthfulness, transparency, openness and vision are essential
qualities for today's leaders.

Following his formal remarks, His Holiness answered some questions
posed in advance by the public.

Responding to a question on the Chinese government's denunciation
campaign, His Holiness said the denouncement of him by the Chinese
authorities is not really a problem, adding, that even though the
Chinese may try to demonise him, he is still a simple Buddhist monk.

However, the Chinese authorities' forcing the Tibetan people to
denounce him was a problem, which His Holiness said "a violation of
the Tibetan people's human rights and their religious freedom".

His Holiness said he was saddened that the Chinese people did not
have the opportunity to know the true picture and thus they may
assume that the Dalai Lama is a bad person.

Following the public talk, His Holiness had a view of the sand
Mandala and butter sculpture that were part of the symposium on the
celebration of Tibetan culture. His Holiness led a brief prayer
session in front of the Mandala.

In the afternoon, His Holiness attended a private reception in the
residence of Mr. Richard Blum, member of the Board of Trustees of The
Brookings Institution and thereafter left for the airport to leave
United States from Denver.
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