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His Holiness Participates in Harvard Medical School's Conference on Cultivating Compassion

May 3, 2009
May 2, 2009

Massachusetts -- On May 1, 2009 His Holiness the
Dalai Lama participated in several panel
discussions at a conference organized by the
Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health
Alliance.  During the first morning session on
Paths to Compassion, his fellow panelists
included Dr. Richard Davidson, Professor of
Psychology at the University of Wisconsin; Dr.
Christopher K. Germer from the Department of
Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School;  Dr.
Judith V Jordan, Assistant Professor of
Psychology at the Harvard Medical School;  and
Dr. George E. Vaillant.Senior Psychiatrist at Brigham and Women?s Hospital.

His Holiness responded to questions from the
panelists on how compassion impacted mental
attitude and talked about Buddhist experience.

In the second morning session, four individuals
with experience in working with trauma victims
shared them with His Holiness and sought his comments on some of them.

In the afternoon session, His Holiness participated in a discussion on wisdom.

After departing from the conference venue, His
Holiness spent nearly two hours with a select
group of people, mostly Chinese students. In his
opening remarks His Holiness gave a history of
his initiative in urging the Tibetan people to
reach out to the Chinese community.  He also
informed them about the situation in Tibet and
the status of the dialogue process with the
Chinese leadership.  He said if the conditions in
Tibet were good or if the Tibetan problem is due
to a handful of people, there is no reason for
the Chinese Government not to allow tourists and
journalists to visit there without any
hindrances. He said he had appealed to the
international community to visit Tibet and see
things for themselves. He saif if we are proved wrong then we will apologize.

His Holiness said today China is aspiring to be a
superpower and said he prayed for it to become
one. Any country wanting to be a superpower need
to have population (which China has), Military
power (which China has), economy (which China
has).  However, another important condition is
moral authority, which China lacks.

Referring to President Hu Jintao?s harmonious
society theme, His Holiness said that trust was
essential for such a society to come into
being.  He said the current Chinese policy was
counterproductive to the creation of a harmonious society.

He then answered several questions from the
people, many of which were about the memorndum
for genuine autonomy for Tibetan people.
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