Los Angeles: “Democracy without borders is the Tibetan policy. At a mega level, the separation of church and state by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the robust Tibetan democracy in exile are the contributions that Tibetans are making to the world,” said President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on 1 September.
Speaking on ‘Tibet: Religion & Politics’ to over a hundred scholars and students, the President discussed the grim political and human rights situation inside Tibet and expressed the Central Tibetan Administration’s commitment to resolve the Tibet issue through the mutually beneficial Middle Way Approach.
The president expressed its concern over the worsening human rights situation inside Tibet, the self immolation protests and urged that more governments, intellectuals, change makers should raise the Tibet issue and pressure Chinese government to support the win-win proposition of the Middle Way Approach.
“China has destroyed 98 percent of monasteries and disrobed 99.5 percent of monks and nuns. However, His Holiness and the Tibetan people have worked so hard towards it revival, that today the revival of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture has become a success story,” he said.
“149 Tibetans have committed self-immolation in Tibet. Only because of repressive failed policy of China,” he stated, adding that the Administration has consistently and categorically discouraged such drastic actions.
President Dr Sangay, also pointed Tibet’s significance as the third pole and as the water tower of Asia. “It is a lifeline to over 1.4 billion people down the stream, which is endangered now. Tibet’s climate affects weather of North America and other parts of the world. NASA reports that by 2100 its glacier will melt down. This will happen because of urbanization and industrialization of Tibet.”
Following the hour-long talk, the President fielded questions from members of the audience and students.