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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Urged Not to Retire from Leader of Tibet

January 6, 2011

Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:53 YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post

Dharamsala: Tibetan parliament in exile here Dharamshala Wednesday urged
the Tibet's spiritual and political leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama
not to consider retirement or even semi-retirement from his position as
the leader of Tibet and the Tibetan people. "Tibetans, both in Tibet and
in exile, have been greatly concerned about your intention to retire
completely from governmental roles," a memorandum submitted to His
Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama said.

The following is a memorandum issued on Wednesday by the members of the
Standing Committee of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. "During the
conclusion ceremony of the First Tibetan National General Meeting held
in 2010 at the Bylakuppe Tibetan settlements, South India; in your
response to questions asked during a meeting with the Chinese public in
Toronto; at the founding anniversary of the Tibetan Children's Village
at Upper Dharamshala; and in your answer to questions asked at a press
conference in New Delhi, Your Holiness expressed an intention to retire
completely from governmental roles. Tibetans both in Tibet and in exile
have been greatly concerned and grieved by this and have been continuing
to petition Your Holiness, beseeching that you never entertain any
thought about carrying out a plan for such a decision. We, the members
of the Standing Committee of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, too have,
likewise, been holding successive meetings with extremely grave concern
over Your Holiness's wish to take complete retirement from governmental

Out of a feeling of great kindness for us, Your Holiness led the Tibetan
people to the fine path of democracy, beginning with the introduction of
reforms in the functioning of the Tibetan government the moment you
assumed spiritual and temporal powers in Tibet. And as soon as you
stepped foot on Indian soil after escaping into exile, Your Holiness
introduced election to allow the Tibetan people to vote for their own
representatives, and in 1963, Your Holiness also promulgated a Tibetan
constitution. In 1991, Your Holiness approved to us the Charter of the
Tibetans in Exile, under which you expanded the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile and made it into a lawmaking body which was in full
conformity with the definition of a modern national legislature. In
particular, Your Holiness, in 2001, introduced the system of direct
election of the Kalon Tripa, thereby ensuring that the Tibetan people
themselves vote for the head of their government.

To state it simply, no amount of offerings of precious materials can
make up for even a fraction of the gratitude the Tibetan people owe for
what they have received solely as a result of Your Holiness's enormously
great wishes and deeds. Besides, it does not bear mention that Your
Holiness's successive speeches of the recent times were, no doubt,
motivated by your very kind desire to ensure the well being of the
entire Tibetan people both for the present and in the longer term
future. Nevertheless, it remains a fact that all of us of the Snowland
of Tibet have been sustained thus far by Your Holiness's kindness and
generosity. On the basis of the Buddha's sacred prediction, Your
Holiness has been firm in abiding by the oath you had been moved to take
over your chosen realm of religious teaching or temporal rule especially
in these apposite times for fulfilling it.

Thus, it is inconceivable that for as long as this aeon endures, there
can ever be a moment at which the people of Tibet can at all be
separated from your excellent religious and temporal leadership. The
very first point in each of the reports and resolutions adopted in a
series of recent relevant meetings have made this point clear. They
included the report adopted at the end of the First Special General
Meeting of Tibetans held in 2008 in accordance with the provisions of
Article 59 of the Charter of the Tibetans in Exile; during successive
sessions of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile; and, in particular,
Document Number of 63 of 2010, which was a unanimous resolution adopted
during the ninth session of the fourteenth Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

Also, at the conclusion of the First Tibetan National General Meeting,
which was held at the Tibetan settlements at Bylakuppe, in south India,
a report was compiled which brought together the opinions and
suggestions of all the delegates who attended it. The very first point
of the political section of the report stated: "His Holiness the Dalai
Lama has thus far assumed responsibility as the leader of the great
Tibetan nation and as the head of the Tibetan government. On behalf of
the Tibetan people both in Tibet and in exile, we offer immense
gratitude to His Holiness. At the same time, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
remarked in his speech that he was already in semi-retirement. This has
plunged the entire people of Tibet, both those in the county and outside
it, to such depth of despair that they are no longer able to digest
their food or to go to sleep in peace. In view of this development, this
general meeting appeals to His Holiness the Dalai Lama never to carry
out any plan for such a decision." This was unanimously adopted by the
entire meeting.

Giving due consideration to the above series of pleas, we beseech and
pray with heartfelt devotion that Your Holiness never ever contemplate
going into either semi-retirement or full retirement."
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