Dharamsala: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday accused China of trying to deliberately
"annihilate Buddhism" in Tibet by conducting a campaign of patriotic re-education in monasteries there.
"Today, the Chinese authorities are conducting various
political campaigns, including a campaign of patriotic
re-education in many monasteries in Tibet. They are putting
the monks and nuns in prison-like conditions depriving them
the opportunity to study and practise in peace," he said in a
"These conditions make the monasteries function more like
museums and are intended to deliberately annihilate buddhism",
the 74-year-old spiritual leader said in the statement issued
on the 51st anniversary of the Tibetans` National Uprising
Alleging that there was no positive response from Chinese
authorities on Tibet`s autonomy issue, he said "our stand to
continue with the dialogue remains unchanged."
"For more than 30 years, I have tried my best to enter
into talks with the People`s Republic of China to resolve the
issue of Tibet through the middle-way approach that is of
benefit to us both," he said in the statement on the day which
also marks the second anniversary of the protest that erupted
in Tibet in 2008.
"Though I have articulated Tibetans aspirations which are
in accordance with the constitution of the People`s Republic
of China and the law on national regional autonomy, we have
not obtained any concrete results," he said.
"Judging by the attitude of present Chinese leadership,
there is little hope that a result will be achieved soon.
Nevertheless, our stand to continue with the dialogue remains
unchanged", the spiritual leader in-exile said.
After a gap of 15 months, Beijing had resumed dialogue
with the special envoys of the Dalai Lama in January, but the
9th round of talks did not yield any result. In February,
China had vehemently protested Lama`s meeting with US
President Barack Obama in Washington.
After the failed uprising against China in 1959, the
Dalai Lama had fled Tibet and taken asylum in India.
Stating that the dispute is not between the Chinese
authorities and Tibetan people, but because of ultra-leftist
policies of the Communist authorities there, he asked Tibetans
to build close relations with Chinese people and try to make
them aware of the truth of the Tibetan cause.
"Though the authorities may cling to hard-liner stand,
judging by the political changes taking place on international
stage, there will be time when the truth will prevail. Hence,
it is important that every one be patient and not give up."
"Once the issue is resolved, I will not take any
political position nor will members of the Tibetan
administration in-exile hold any position in the government in
Tibet," he said.