11.19.08

Tibet Update Day 2

Posted in Buddhism, HH Dalai Lama at 8:12 am by Marion

The news from Dharmsala, India, today is not unexpected as a group of Tibetans living in exile continues a week-long summit on the future of Tibet.

Younger Tibetans call for independence and standing up to China, while older Tibetans continue to support His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s traditional “Middle Way” approach.

His Holiness is leaving the summit discussions to the participants, and will meet with them on Sunday.

China meanwhile is threatening that any calls for independence will be doomed.

Chinese forces invaded shortly after the 1949 communist revolution and the Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 amid an unsuccessful uprising.

Large numbers of Tibetans remain fervently Buddhist and loyal to the Dalai Lama. If the exiles choose a more confrontational approach, Tibetans living under Chinese rule would bear the brunt of any government response.

The Dalai Lama’s envoys to the recent talks with Beijing said in a statement that they had presented China with a detailed plan on how Tibetans could meet their autonomy needs within the framework of China’s constitution.

The plan calls for the protection for the Tibetan language and culture, restrictions on non-Tibetans moving into Tibet and the right of Tibetans to create an autonomous government.

To read more, here is the Associated Press article by Ashwini Bhatia

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