73-year-old Dalai Lama: “I’m semi-retiring.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Nov 2, 2008
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Courtesy my pops, who just joined facebook, I saw this article, about the Dalai Lama. Excerpt:

Chinese rule is handing down a “death sentence” to Tibetans, the Dalai Lama said Sunday, ahead of a meeting to decide Tibet’s future approach to Beijing.

The region’s exiled leader is on a week-long visit to Japan for talks on spirituality, just as a new round of talks between his envoys and Chinese officials was set to begin, and days after he said he had lost hope of any productive dialogue with Beijing.

“Tibetans are being handed down a death sentence. This ancient nation, with an ancient cultural heritage is dying,” he told a group of reporters.

“Today, the situation is almost like a military occupation in the entire Tibetan area.

“It is like we’re under martial law. Fear, terror and lots of political education are causing a lot of grievance,” he added.

The 73-year old Nobel Peace laureate said he was “semi-retiring” because of stalled talks with Beijing, and said he would convene a meeting on November 17 to discuss Tibet’s future approach to dealing with China.

“We will listen to the people’s suggestions, and then I think things will become clear,” he said.


“I don’t think I will completely retire, but for the time being while dealing with the Chinese central government, I can no longer take full direct responsibility.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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