Cambridge, England, 20 April 2013, His Holiness the Dalai Lama remarked what a nice sunny day it was to well-wishers on the way as he walked from St John’s to the Cambridge Union this morning to speak to the Global Scholars Symposium about Non-violence and Conflict Resolution. The twelve student organizers met him briefly first before Cameron Taylor introduced him to the audience and he began his talk.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama meets with the twelve student organizers of the Global Scholars Symposium at the Cambridge Union in Cambridge, England, on April 20, 2013.|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on Non-violence and Conflict Resolution as part of the Global Scholars Symposium at the Cambridge Union in Cambrdge, England, on Arpil 20, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on the Path to Peace and Happiness at St John's College Chapel in Cambridge, England, on April 20, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
Once more he was invited to respond to the self-immolations that have taken place in Tibet. He said:
“I don’t encourage them, but it is difficult to say anything. This is a very sensitive political issue and I have retired from political affairs. Whatever I say is likely to be manipulated by the Chinese. Wen Jiabao even blamed me for the unrest that swept across Tibetan areas in 2008. When the self-immolations began, I told the BBC that it was very sad and I doubted that it was an effective course of action.”
Another student wanted to know if His Holiness encouraged the idea of an economic and cultural boycott of China in view of its record with regard to Tibet. His Holiness said that he did not, because he didn’t think there was a problem with the Chinese people, who would be the ones most affected. Better to bring China into the mainstream of world affairs and try to influence it on the basis of friendship.
Coming to the end of his talk, His Holiness also completed his engagements on this trip to Europe. Tomorrow he will drive early to London Airport and board a flight that will take him back to India.