Buddhists here in Syracuse often find time to pray for the well being of their fellow Buddhists in Tibet. Concerns about oppression in Tibet by the occupying Chinese army often creates anxieties here. And so thoughts from the Dalai Lama about the Tibet issue always raise interest here among Syracuse Buddhists.
Ye-rinne Park has reported for The Tibet Post International “Tibet’s Leader Confident, Tibet Issue Will Be Solved In His Lifetime”, http://bit.ly/giv0sk.. During a visit to Mumbai, India last Friday when asked about the Tibet issue His Holiness the Dalai Lama didn’t show any doubt concerning the resolution of the Tibetan issue. In response to a question about whether it would be solved within his lifetime, he commented: “Of course it will, it definitely will, I am confident it will.”
The Dalai Lama, who is the political and spiritual leader of Tibet, commented on the increasing support of Chinese people to the Tibetan cause and discussed it as as positive factor for an upcoming resolution. He said “There are more Chinese people than ever supporting the Tibetan cause”.
The Dalai Lama went on to assert that Tibet’s long struggle for freedom would end soon. He said after a lecture at the Mumbai University on the topic of ‘Ancient Wisdom and Modern Thoughts’, “It is my belief that it will not be a loss for one and triumph for another. It will be a victory for all.” The Dalai Lama went on to talk about history and past conflicts in Europe, pointing to the fact that although Germany and France had been enemies during the world wars, they were now working in unity within the European Union.
In reference to modern China, His Holiness the Dalai Lama pointed out that “genuine socialism is no longer there”, but rather “a communist party without communist ideology. Capitalist communism: this is new”. And he than alluded to “the life of some Indian communists and a few leaders of the Indian communist party”, which he heard to be “more bourgeois than socialist.”
Than as he often does describing Indians as “gurus” and Tibetans as “chelas”, disciples, His Holiness also told the Indian public that “essentially we Tibetans learn from you.” And he also commented that “the caste system, dowry, discrimination, these may be a part of your tradition but it is outdated, and must change. The youth must change some of these… From your chela this is constructive criticism. Sometimes you are little bit lazy. You must be more hardworking, with full self-confidence to work hard.”
The Dalai Lama’s insightful comments about the Tibet issue and the good relations of the Buddhist people with India have helped create positive feelings among the Buddhist community here in Syracuse.
Mandel News Service: http://www.mandelnews.com