His Holiness, The Dalai Lama
I wanted to share with you a great passage from a recent interview his Holiness, the Dalai Lama conducted with Deutsche Welle, (the German international broadcaster).
In the interview, the Dalai Lama stated that his main purpose is not the issue of Tibet, “…but rather the promotion of human values in order to have happier individuals, families and communities — and, in that way, a happier humanity. I consider that to be my contribution. I think every human being has a responsibility to better the world. That’s my conviction, and I always try to promote that. My second goal is the promotion of religious harmony. When I teach in India, more and more Chinese come. Sometimes, the Chinese government puts up restrictions to prevent Chinese from coming to India. But despite that, some Chinese always come. Many of them say that, after seeing the Tibetan community, they found big differences to what they had heard in China. Eventually there’s some positive impact.”
The Dalai Lama went on to say that as early as 1969, he made clear in an official statement that it was up to the Tibetan people whether or not the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue. Should the majority of the Tibetan people decide that the old institution of the Dalai Lama is no longer relevant to the Tibetan nation, it will cease to exist. His Holiness went on to say, “If I were to die soon, I think most of the Tibetan people would want to keep the institution. If I live on 20 or 30 years, it might be different. That’s okay. That would be an end with dignity.”
On the issue of His Holiness ever hoping to return to Tibet, his reply was in line with his radical humility. “Oh yes. All Tibetans get homesick and hope to see their own country. Me, too. But at the same time, I’m a Buddhist monk. So mentally and personally one’s own birthplace isn’t all that important. There’s a Tibetan saying: “Home is where you feel good, and your parents are anyone who does good things for you.”
[Note: The Dalai Lama said this in Tibetan, English translation from news reports.]