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Dalai Lama says he's going nowhere

December 7, 2008

Dallas Morning News - Dallas,TX,USA
Thu, Dec 04, 2008
Bruce Tomaso
Hoping to end speculation that he is on the verge of retiring, the Dalai Lama told a gathering of Tibetan spiritual leaders that he has a "moral responsibility" to lead until his death.
"There is no point or question of retirement," said the 73-year-old Dalai Lama.
Here's a short story from Religion News Service:
Dalai Lama says he will lead until death
CHENNAI, India (RNS) The Dalai Lama tried to end speculation that he is on the verge of retirement, telling a gathering of Tibetan spiritual leaders that he has a "moral responsibility" to lead until his death.
Speaking on Sunday (Nov. 23) in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government in exile, the 73-year-old Dalai Lama said "there is no point or question of retirement."
"It is my moral responsibility to lead the Tibetans till my death," he said at the conclusion of a six-day summit to chart the future of Tibetan relations with China. "My whole body and flesh is Tibetan."
The meeting, which attracted some 600 spiritual and political leaders from Tibet, reaffirmed the leaders' confidence in the Dalai Lama's "middle way" approach of seeking meaningful autonomy for Tibet rather than outright independence from China.
The Dalai Lama also hinted at the possibility of choosing his successor while he was still alive, instead of a reincarnation being selected after his passing. He spoke about the merits of a "young girl" possibly being chosen as the next Dalai Lama, commenting that women have "more or less" achieved equality with men but are frequently more compassionate.
While the Dalai Lama did not personally attend the Dharamsala meeting, he addressed the leaders at length after its formal conclusion. He urged fellow Tibetan exiles in India to improve contacts with ordinary Chinese people. By contrast, he said, the Chinese government remained repressive in Tibet.
Leaders of the Tibetan exile government had indicated Saturday that there was no reason to pursue further autonomy talks with China. The Dalai Lama, however, says it is too soon to declare such a decision. "Wait another month. Then we'll decide," he said.
Beijing, in remarks before last week's meeting of the Tibetan exiles, called the conclave irrelevant, and accused the Dalai Lama and his followers of trying to grab one-fourth of China's territory.
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