Sydney, Australia, 14 June 2013 - Soon after breakfast this morning, more than 200 Chinese students, scholars and friends waited eagerly to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his second day in Sydney. He greeted them in Tibetan that was immediately translated into Chinese:
“Our connection is not just on a personal, individual level, but people to people. Historically a longstanding relationship has existed between Tibetans and Chinese. Political systems come and go, but our spiritual and cultural relations will not change.”
Referring again to the past, he said that in 7-9th centuries Tibet and China were separate nations as recorded in Chinese documents. But, he went on, things change and today China is a highly developed economic power, while Tibet is economically relatively undeveloped. Therefore, there is potential benefit in Tibet’s remaining with the People’s Republic of China. Tibetans have their own unique language and a sophisticated Buddhist culture; what they need is genuine autonomy as provided for in the Chinese constitution.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama waves to the audience on his arrival at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on the first day of three day teaching in Sydney, Australia on June 14, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during his teachings at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia on June 14, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|Some of the over 2,300 people attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia on June 14, 2013. Photo/Rusty Stewart/DLIA 2013|