Dalai Lama welcomes China’s offer for talks with his envoy
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The Dalai Lama is welcoming China’s offer to meet his envoy, but he wants serious talks to reduce resentment about Chinese rule in Tibet.
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader says he has yet to receive detailed information about the offer, but that talks would be good.
He said the two sides need to explore the root of the problems that have sparked unrest in the Himalayan region and seek solutions through talks. He was speaking to reporters on Saturday after his return from a two-week visit to the United States.
Living buddha: Dalai Lama’s claim of cultural genocide in Tibet untenable
LHASA, April 26 (Xinhua) - The Dalai Lama’s claim of cultural genocide in Tibet is untenable in front of such facts as the use of the Tibetan language and the compilation of Tibetan books, says Dainzin Qoizhag, a living Buddha of the Kagyudpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
“When I was 11, I began to work as a teacher in such areas as Zhanang and Nagarze counties, because there were few educated people in the whole Tibet in the past,” says Dainzin Qoizhag, also vice chairman of the Standing Committee of Tibet Autonomous Region’s People’s Congress.
“At that time, except for some religious books in big noble families, there were no storybooks about Tibet at all,” said the living buddha. “But now, there are all kinds of books. And all kinds of culture and arts are booming.”
In March, the Dalai Lama told a press conference that “somewhere cultural genocide is taking place.”
Refuting the claim, the living buddha says to protect the cultural heritage of the Tibetan ethnic group, the region has published 261 volumes of ancient Tibetan books in recent years.
Born in 1951 and a witness of Tibet’s development in the past 50 or more years, the living buddha says in the past some people chose to be nuns or monks either to avoid corvee or for subsistence.
Currently the country’s law protects the freedom of religion of civilians and their legal religious activities, he says.
“Nowadays, in the streets or alleys of Lhasa, you can see religious believers everywhere who turn wheels of the sutra and recite their religious texts.”
Il Dalai Lama, si’ al dialogo se serio
NEW DELHI - “Si al dialogo se serio”. Queste le parole del Dalai Lama appena arrivato in India dagli Stati Uniti relative all’offerta di incontro avanzata ieri dal governo cinese. Parlando alla stampa al suo arrivo in aeroporto, il leader tibetano ha detto che l’incontro non avrebbe significato se le due parti si incontrassero sono per una formalità.