DHARAMSHALA: In the late 1950s and 60s, the Chinese hardliners had almost a belief that, through use of Chinese military forces, Tibetan issue could be eliminated. Now nearly 60 years have passed, Tibet issue is not going away, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said on Thursday in a video message to the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) based in DC.
“Common interest is more important rather than one’s own national interest. With that kind of concept, I am very much willing to remain within the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese word, “gongheguo” (Republic), shows some kind of union is there,” he said.
His Holiness was greeting the organisation on its 30th founding anniversary.
In the eight-minute video, His Holiness asked that Tibet issue should not be perceived entirely as human rights issue, but also of preservation of culture and knowledge.
“Now more and more people, including many Chinese, are showing appreciation about ancient Tibetan knowledge, which come from India, Nalanda Institution. Even scientists are also showing interest,” he said.
His Holiness asserted that the ancient Tibetan knowledge of mind and psychology could contribute to the physical and emotional well-being of the entire humanity.
“If may I say so, as far Nalanda tradition is concerned Tibetan knowledge is the best knowledge to make contribution to Buddhists. Then to the non-Buddhists, as human brothers and sisters, (it can contribute to) psychology and logic. Although the information come from Buddhist texts but itself is an academic subject. Like I usually talk about the hygiene of physical we usually learn and teach, so similarly we need hygiene of emotion in order to become a happy person with peaceful mind. Therefore, the preservation of Tibetan culture, Tibetan knowledge is something not only ancient but also very relevant to today’s world,” said His Holiness.
He pointed out that China and Tibet can have mutual benefits if reconciled. “Living within the People’s Republic of China, we can serve, we can help them and we can share our (ancient) knowledge. They, in turn, provide us means of dollars”.
He further spoke briefly on Tibetan’s Middle Way Policy and the support it has garnered at the level of both government and public.
“Since 1974 we decided not to seek independence. So now Middle Way Approach, many including United States Government—particularly Obama after our meeting—he made a press release officially supporting that. And then, many countries have been supporting that.. a number of Chinese who know our thinking, you see, happily support us”.
The Tibetan spiritual leader asked the organisation to help Chinese people in the China proper who are suffering and to raise awareness of Tibet issue focussing on both human rights and culture.
“Your organization has been, for 30 years, showing genuine support for Tibetan cause. I always describe that the supporter of Tibetan cause is not pro-Tibetan, but rather pro-justice. So your work also, you see, [provide] some sort of help in China proper, to people who are passing through difficult life”. Watch the full video here.