We Are Not Mere Refugees, We Have Been Forcibly Displaced: Dalai Lama

The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama who arrived in South Indian Tibetan settlement Mundgod yesterday and gave a public talk today. While speaking to the Tibetan community gathered at the Drepung Loseling Debate Yard in Mundgod said that we are not mere refugees, we have been forcibly displaced while expressing that he wanted to especially meet the students.

“We are not mere refugees, which is a term denoting people fleeing their own land due to disasters and seeking asylum in another country. We have been forcibly displaced and subjected to destruction of our culture and religion.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama said according to the report in the official website of Central Tibetan Administration.

While His Holiness started the talk by saying “Yesterday I reached here and today, because there is some free time as per my schedule, I had a wish to see all of you. I had relation since the beginning of this settlement. Especially I would like to meet student as I usually meet privately with student but this time I’m meeting with all of you here to show my 83 years old face. I have problem while sitting and ascending on throne but once I sat down, I can talk continuously. So this is my main reason to meet you.”

According to the report His Holiness emphasized that Tibetan Buddhism has started gaining attention from scientists, scholars and people around the world. “In general, I don’t say Buddhism is best at all. It depends on one’s own mental disposition. Tibetan Buddhism tries to dig deeper to find solution. Ultimately many scientists and experts took interest in Tibetan Buddhist science and philosophy.”

His Holiness also spoke briefly about the evolution of the Tibetan democracy and reaffirmed that he won’t leave the duty of being a Tibetan on whom Tibetans inside Tibet have placed their hopes. His Holiness is visiting the Tibetan settlement on a week long program and His Holiness will inaugurate and bless the new Drepung Loseling Meditation and Science Center on Thursday.

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