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Dalai Lama teaches, meets with parliamentarians

June 2, 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dharamsala, May 31 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama today gave teachings on
Nagarjuna's Commentary on Bodhicitta (Jangchum Semdrel) and Kamalashila's
The Middle Stages of Meditation (Gomrim Barpa). The Tibetan leader told the
audience of 3,600 people that he does not believe in conversion of faith. He
said that one should stick to his or her own faith.

The teachings that is being held at the Bella Convention Centre was also
attended by non Buddhists. His Holiness will give a public talk on “Peace
Through Inner Peace” tomorrow to a capacity crowd of 4500, said the office
of Tibet, London.

Earlier in the morning, His Holiness addressed a press conference. His
Holiness told reporters that despite ‘our best efforts there has been no
progress and that the Chinese government has rejected our “Memorandum on
Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People”. Reiterating his faith in Chinese
people, His Holiness said that he is making every effort to reach out to the
Chinese people, who show sympathy and support to the just cause of the
Tibetan people.

His Holiness appealed to the international community to visit Tibet
themselves to investigate the reality of the situation inside Tibet. “If as
the Chinese government claims, all Tibetans inside Tibet are happy, then we
in exile would have to acknowledge that there is no ‘Tibet issue’ and
apologise to the Chinese government." His Holiness added it is now the
responsibility of the international community to judge whether there is a
problem in Tibet or not.

His Holiness said his meetings with political leaders and parliamentarians
in Denmark were because of interest shown by them to meet with him and that
he was accordingly responding as he has a responsibility to the Tibetan

His Holiness met with around twenty Danish parliamentarians representing all
political parties including the former Foreign Minister Mogens Lykketoft.

Based on a report sent by Office of Tibet, London
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