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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Dalai Lama

December 4, 2010

The Voice of Russia
Dec 1, 2010 15:20 Moscow Time

The Dalai Lama believes that there will be no end of the world in 2012, and Russia is a great country, which he wishes to visit. This was stated by the Dalai Lama, the leader of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhists at a news conference in his residence Dharmsala in India.

The Buddhist spiritual leader met with journalists after a three-day session with Russian Buddhists. The first such meeting was held last year. This time, over one thousand Buddhists from Russia arrived in India to receive personnel follow ups from the Dalai Lama. This was the largest number of Russian pilgrims who have taken part in meetings with the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala. Basically, the pilgrims represented the traditional Buddhist regions of the country, Kalmykia, Tuva and Buryatia.

As a spiritual leader Dalai Lama spoke confidently about divine affairs in his preaching. Concerning a forecast by Maya Indians that the world will end in 2012, he is skeptical. “I do not believe it,” the Dalai Lama the 14th said at the news conference.

However, he did not call in question the influence of the Maya calendar on our life, but he spoke hypothetically about his possible missionary visit to Russia. The spiritual leader is ready to visit Russia if the Russian government allows him to do so. “The visit will not take place until Moscow gives a green light,” the Dalai Lama said.

In the past summer, foreign mass media hurried to switch on the green light. They said that the Russian Federation could issue an entry visa to the Dalai Lama. In fact, the authors of the publication referred to a statement by Russian ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin. However, this was wishful thinking on their part. Concerning the publications Alexander Kadakin has this to say:

“Russia’s position concerning the issue is quite clear and has remained unchanged,” says Alexander Kadakin. “Under the present circumstances, Russia cannot issue an entry visa to the Dalai Lama because his pastoral function is unfortunately politicized. Some people around him are trying to politicize the issue of his possible visit to Russia.  The firm position of Russia was stated by the Foreign Minister. Russia has strong relations with China, the two countries have established strategic partnership, and we have no desire to overshadow them. Consequently, we advised the Dalai Lama to improve his relations with Beijing and not to engage in politics,” Alexander Kadakin said.

Most likely, the Dalai Lama understands the political nuances and approaches towards the issue philosophically. On the day when he met with the Russia Buddhists, he said in his micro-blog on Twitter: “We must insist on the observation that my right to happiness carries no more weight than others’ similar right”.
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