Buddhists here in Syracuse continue as usual to look towards His Holiness the Dalai Lama for spiritual guidance. Recent rumors that he might retire soon have caused some concerns here. And so any word from the Dalai Lama dealing with his commitment to continue to serve as the spiritual leader of Buddhists is welcome news to the Syracuse Buddhist community.
The Tibet Post International has reported “Tibet’s Leader Reaffirms Commitment to Lead His People”, http://bit.ly/ekiuZ7. The Dalai Lama has recently said as a Tibetan he cannot forsake his people and responsibility towards finding a lasting solution to the issue of Tibet. And so the Dalai Lama has assured Tibetans not to worry. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has also reiterated that the Tibetan side is not seeking separation from the People’s Republic of China. The Dalai Lama has gone on to deny allegations made by the Chinese leadership that the Tibetan side is seeking “Great Tibet”.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has recently said “We have never demanded “Greater Tibet”. China calls Tibet as Xizang. The Tibetan people living in exile, out of the total 6 million population, came from different parts of Tibet, including Kham and Amdo Provinces. But the Chinese government still calls Tibet as Xizang, which means the Western side. If Xizang is considered as the only part of Tibet, then I would ceased to be a Tibetan because Kham and Amdo are not within this region. So the Chinese government’s accusations that, the Tibetan side is demanding a “Greater Tibet” with Tibetan areas in Qinghai, Gansu and Sichuan, is just to gain political mileage.”
The Dalai Lama has also continued to encourage people at the individual, family and society levels to promote positive human values and religious harmony. He has said “Religious harmony and ethical human values are not something to be delivered by the government, these should be build by the individuals at the family and society and spread to national and international levels.”
And as usual the Dalai Lama continues to see most of the problems in this world as man-made and he feels solutions to these problems lies with us. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has gone on to say “The progress in science and technology has brought great benefit. On the other hand, weapons like nuclear arsenals capable of destroying the world were also developed. Even though the past century witnessed two world wars, the capability for destruction was limited and low. But it would be more destructive if wars are fought in the present 21st century.” And he has said that the promotion of human values is not just a political issue, the values like love and compassion are extremely important parts associated to the development of our body.
Buddhists here in Syracuse and around the world are pleased the Dalai Lama has made such a strong commitment to his people. It is felt the positive spiritual impact of the Dalai Lama’s persistent interest in the welfare of his people will always be with Buddhists.
Mandel News Service: http://www.mandelnews.com