Dharamshala: The 7th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet that convenes from 7-10 May includes some of the prominent figures of Tibet support group including parliamentary leaders and esteemed delegates at Riga, Latvia who will deliberate and engage in ushering global support for Tibet through concerted efforts.
On the first day of the World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet, a special video message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama was featured to the gathering in which His Holiness offered his greetings and gratitude to the friends of Tibet.
His Holiness informed that he always considers the supporters of Tibet as pro-justice more than pro-Tibet as he believes the struggle of Tibet is very much based on moral principle and thoroughly committed on the nonviolent way which has led to many communities including some Chinese to show deep concern for the cause of Tibet.
His Holiness then revealed some of his main concerns and commitments regarding Tibet ever since he devolved from the political obligations in 2001.
“My main commitment regarding Tibet is firstly towards Tibet’s environment,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He narrated how a friend of his a Chinese ecologist once told him that Tibet is the third pole and that the effect of global warming on Tibetan Plateau is as much as south pole and north pole. His Holiness, therefore, maintains taking care of Tibet’s environment among his top priorities.
His Holiness’ second concern and commitment as he mentioned is to preserve Tibetan language and culture as His Holiness earnestly believes that the Tibetan language is the best form of language to describe and learn about ancient Indian knowledge, psychology and philosophy particularly quantum physics. He further noted that studying Nalanda tradition is not just about the religious matter but rather an academic subject which makes the preservation of Tibetan language all the more important. The reason why even non-Buddhist countries nowadays including scientists are expressing keen interests in learning ancient Indian Psychology and Philosophy.
“Ever since I retired from political responsibilities my main concern and commitment have been this” asserted His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Addressing the gathering, His Holiness called them the hope and determination of Tibetan people because when the Tibetans fled their country and came into exile they were in a constant battle with dwindling hope, however, their undying moral principles and their just cause attracted many supporters who offered help and rescue as they were intrigued by the positive attitude and resilience of Tibetan people.
Once again His Holiness the Dalai Lama emphasised that Tibet is not seeking for Independence as approach and effort has always been to remain within the domain of the People Republic of China and maintain a harmonious coexistence with the Chinese people. The Chinese constitution mentioned certain rights to be given to the Tibetan people but so far those rights have not been implemented by them.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama thus expressed his gratitude and urged the friends of Tibet to render continuous support to Tibet cause and Tibetan people as he noted platforms such as this one and gatherings extremely important and helpful.