London, England, 18 September 2015 - Before leaving Cambridge today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a couple of interviews to the press. Fiona Wilson of The Times talked to him about ‘What I have Learned’, some of her questions being personal, others topical. When she asked what he thinks of the situation of refugees in Europe, he replied:
|Fiona Wilson of the Times interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Cambridge, UK on September 18, 2015.|
And as to whether war is ever justified, he said: “It’s difficult to say. The Second World War defeat of Nazism was beneficial and the Korean War saved South Korea, but it would be hard to say the same about the Vietnam War.”
Questioned about his earliest memory and His Holiness said he clearly remembers when he was about two how powerful was his mother’s affection.
Responding to whether secularization dilutes the power of religious teachings he told her he believes that if the Buddha were to appear today, he would teach secular ethics. When asked which religious leaders he admires he mentioned Pope John Paul II for his work to promote inter-religious harmony.
Ms Wilson asked, “Do you ever get angry?” and he told her: “Yes, sometimes when my staff makes mistakes, but it only lasts a moment.”
To the enquiry, “When are you happiest?” he replied: “Every day I make a prayer to dedicate myself to the service of others.”
|Steven MacKenzie of Big Issue interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Cambridge, UK on September 18, 2015. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama with NKT Survivors during their meeting in Cambridge, UK on September 18, 2015. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama watching school children performing during his visit to Newton Preparatory School in London, UK on September 18, 2015. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|