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His Holiness the Dalai Lama says Tawang Visit to Promote Universal Human Values

November 11, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
November 9, 2009

Dharamshala -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who
arrived at India's northeastern Himalayan town of
Tawang on Sunday to a grand welcome by thousands
of pious Buddhists devotees, underscored that his
visit is "non-political and solely aimed at promoting universal brotherhood".

"It's quite usual for China to step up campaign
against me wherever I go. It's totally baseless
on the part of Chinese Communist government to
say that I am encouraging a separatist movement,"
His Holiness the Dalai Lama told journalists here
after inaugurating a museum at the historic
Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh state.

On his visit here, His Holiness said he was
getting "emotional" as he had crossed this town
in 1959 while fleeing from Tibet after armed
repression by the government of People's Republic of China.

"I get emotional. When I escaped I had mental
stress and anxiety. I had feeling of
hopelessness. But the moment I saw (Krishna)
Menon and other MEA officials on the border then
I had a feeling of reunion and safe," His Holiness the Dalai Lama said.

"So, now I am very happy to be here. My main aim
of the visit is promotion of human values
wherever I go. Just now I returned from Japan
where I explained that the ultimate source of
happiness of life is within ourselves," His Holiness added.

"Tibetan Buddhism and culture is passing through
a very difficult period. But there is a hope of
the religion and culture surviving in this free
area, particularly in India. So there is lot of
responsibility for people here and in south India
to keep the flag flying," His Holiness said.

Before inaugurating the museum, His Holiness the
Dalai Lama presided over a prayer meeting and
blessed lamas by touching their heads.

At His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s prayer meeting,
senior Congress leader Kiran Rijiju (former BJP
MP) said: ‘‘It’s a socio-religious visit. Our
neighbour should not try to politicise his
Holiness’s visit. He has come here to spread the
message of peace and harmony. We want to live in
peace and revive our trade links with Tibet."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama also urged the
Chinese government to genuinely address the basic
problems of the Tibetans in Tibet.

His Holiness Inaugurates Hospital; Begins
Teaching to Over 30,000 Devotees in Tawang

His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Monday inaugurated
a district hospital at Tawang and consecrated a
Buddhist statue at its entrance on the second day
of his visit to Arunachal Pradesh. His Holiness
had donated Rs 20 Lakh for the hospital.

After inaugurating the multi-speciality hospital,
His Holiness started a three-day religious sermon
at an open-air Polo Ground in Tawang.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama underlined the
promotion of universal brotherhood and peace
among all communities as he addressed more than
30,000 devotees, including Buddhists from Bhutan and Nepal.

"Compassion and peace are the two words that
should be remembered by all," His Holiness the Dalai Lama said.

"The congregation was huge and it should be
around 30,000 to 35,000 people already inside the ground," said Tsona Rinpoche.

"The hospital would go a long way in meeting the
healthcare needs of the local people," His Holiness the Dalai Lama said.

The religious discourse at Tawang would continue till 11 November.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will also visit
adjoining towns of Bomdilla and Dirang on 12 November.
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