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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Middle Path Will Be A Realty, Says Dalai Lama

July 19, 2010

By P. Vijian
Bernama (Malaysia)
July 16, 2010

DHARAMSALA, July 16 (Bernama) -- Tibetan
spiritual leader Dalai Lama said his half-century
old movement will continue even after his death,
and assured the middle path model for a peaceful
co-existence with China will materialise one day.

"Tibetan is not an issue of Dalai Lama
institution, it's about the well-being of six
million Tibetan people and their rights.

"So long as these rights do not materialise, then
this movement will remain, whether I am alive or
not. Important is Buddhism and Tibetan culture,
not the institution of Dalai Lama," he said.

In an hour-long interview with Bernama, 10 days
after his 75th birthday, at his headquarters in
Dharamsala, his exile-base in the rugged north
Indian hill station, Dalai Lama's passion has not
withered for the Tibetan cause, which he
mobilised after escaping to India in 1959.

Born as Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama or
'Ocean of Wisdom', is firm that one day, he would
win over Chinese leaders in Beijing to seek
genuine autonomy for all Tibetan people, and
reiterated that he was not seeking separation from China.

"You know, I have my mantra, we are not seeking
independence, and the Chinese have their own
mantra, Tibet is part of China," he jibed in his
usual cheery mood but instilled optimism of his
long-cherished dream of a "middle way" approach.

"I believe middle path will come true. Last 60
years, the same one party system has changed, the
obvious big change today is Chinese communist has
changed to capitalist communist.

"Thinking is changing, great possibility our
middle approach will come true. But very
gradually, very slowly, If I remain alive for the
next 10 to 15 years, I can see, if I die
tomorrow, I can't see the change" he said.

He said a notable success of the Tibetan movement
in exile was the preservation of the 13th century
Buddhism teachings, Tibet's ancient culture and
its language -- which remained as pillar for the
survival of the entire Tibetan community outside Tibet.

Currently, about 140,000 Tibetans are residing in
India, which gave home to the fleeing Dalai Lama
and his supporters, after the Chinese military
crushed a Tibetan national uprising in Lhasa, Tibet's capital in 1959.

Another 30,000 Tibetans live in the West.
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