May 28, 2004
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Chinese People’s Attitude is Cause for Optimism: His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivers a lecture at Central Hall at Westminster, in London, REUTERS/Kirsty Wiggleswort/Pool

New York, 28 May: His Holiness the Dalai Lama today praised the Chinese people’s positive outlook on Tibetan culture and said it was a source of optimism for the future of Tibet and China.

His Holiness was answering a question from the audience after his lecture on “A Human Approach to World Peace” at Westminster Central Hall in London.

The lecture was organised by The Temenos Academy, and attended amongst others by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of York.

The Duchess of York, who is also a trustee of the Tibet House in London, told reporters later that she was moved to tears by the Dalai Lama’s wider perspective on things.

His Holiness said economic reforms in China, coupled with grassroots level interest in Tibet and its Buddhist culture among the Chinese people, particularly the intellectual and business community, was helping to create conditions for the resolution of the Tibetan problem.

But Tibet still needs international support, he said.

Reiterating his position that he would be happy for Tibet to remain part of China as long as the Chinese government respected Tibetan culture, His Holiness said ordinary Chinese people are convinced that he is seeking genuine autonomy, rather than independence, for Tibet.

“But the leadership still pretends that it is not convinced.”

Grassroots level movement, he declared, is the only effective way to bring about changes in the world.

“I think positive change or evolution on a global scale will not come through UN resolution or summits of leaders; a change must come from the grass roots.”

He expressed happiness with the growing opposition to the war in Iraq, saying it is a positive sign of change in people’s views about war.

Speaking on the interdependent nature of phenomena, His Holiness stressed the need to analyze every event and development from a wider perspective.

It is wrong to blame Saddam Hussein alone for everything that has gone wrong. Dictators are bad, no doubt, he said, but the important thing is to make efforts to change the wider global situation which produces such people.

His Holiness once again stressed the need to promote compassion to effect such a change.

“We need to develop a culture of non-violence and dialogue through education.”

His Holiness called for a school curriculum that requires children to resolve their conflicts with each other through dialogue.

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