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No Harmony without trust, Dalai Lama says in Chennai

January 23, 2009

Phayul
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
By Tenzin Dasel
 
Chennai, Jan. 21 : “Harmony must come from trust, without trust how can we develop harmony. Isn’t it?” asked the 73 year old Tibetan leader Dalai Lama.
 
The Dalai Lama was speaking today to a packed audience of Madras university students and staff.
 
The Dalai Lama said that mutual trust and respect are solutions to conflicts and instability and that use of force and violence can not ensure long term stability.
 
Referring to Chinese president Hu Jintao’s rhetoric of harmonious society, the Dalai Lama said that harmony can be achieved through trust and not force.
 
He said that the leadership in Beijing must deal with the Tibet issue logically and realistically.
 
 
The Tibetan leader also expressed his gratitude to the people and government of India for granting refuge and humanitarian assistance to the Tibetans.
 
“Almost 50 years since I came to this country as a refugee, homeless person but homeless person found new happy home. Basically India is the home of Buddhism so we as Buddhist, spiritually it’s real home.”
 
The Tibetan leader answered in an affirmative when asked by a reporter if autonomy for Tibet was possible.
 
Accompanying the Tibetan leader was the Vice Chancellor of the Madras University, S. Ramachandran.
 
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