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As long as I am alive, I am fully committed to amity between Tibetans and Chinese. Otherwise there's no use.
My aim is to create a happy society with genuine friendship. Friendship between Tibetan and Chinese peoples is very essential.
Chinese people themselves, they really want change.
In most cases, my visits to the West are for promotion of human values and religious harmony.
Many Tibetans sacrifice their lives.
I am a simple Buddhist monk - no more, no less.
The Dalai Lama is just a temporal leader of Tibet.
Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future.
I don't think generally politician come from democratic country. I think not that thinking. But sometimes little bit short-sighted. They are mainly looking for their next vote.
One thing I want to make clear, as far as my own rebirth is concerned, the final authority is myself and no one else, and obviously not China's Communists.
If you have religious faith, very good, you can add on secular ethics, then religious belief, add on it, very good. But even those people who have no interest about religion, okay, it's not religion, but you can train through education.
Of course, when I say that human nature is gentleness, it is not 100 percent so. Every human being has that nature, but there are many people acting against their nature, being false.
I felt we must separate political responsibility. The Dalai Lama should not carry that burden. So that is my selfish reason - to protect the old Dalai Lama tradition. It is safer without political involvement.
I have done one thing that I think is a contribution: I helped Buddhist science and modern science combine. No other Buddhist has done that. Other lamas, I don't think they ever pay attention to modern science. Since my childhood, I have a keen interest.
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