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Archbishop Tutu in Dharamsala: HHDL the ‘most peace-loving person on this earth’


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, shares a light moment with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the courtyard of Tsug-la Khang during a public welcome ceremony held in honour of Archbishop Tutu's first visit to the Tibetan exile headquarters of Dharamsala on February 10, 2012. (phayul.com photo by Norbu Wangyal)

From today’s Hindustan Times, these words from fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu as he visits His Holiness in Dharamsala:

“I want to say to the Chinese government that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the most peace-loving person on this earth. I want to say to the Chinese government that the Dalai Lama has no army, he cannot command his people with guns, he’s not a separatist,” Tutu said at a public ceremony organised by the Tibetan government-in-exile on his visit.

“Please, you leaders in Beijing, we beg you, allow Tibet to be what the constitution of the People’s Republic of China commits. The constitution allows for autonomy and that is all His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his people want.

“We beg you and at the same time remind you too that this is a moral universe. There is no way in which injustice, oppression and evil can ever have the last word.”

To the Tibetan people, he said: “We will visit you in Tibet. We will enter a free Tibet.”

Additional coverage from phayul.com is here.


Gang ri ra wä kor wäi zhing kham dir
Phän dang de wa ma lü jung wäi nä
Chän rä zig wang tän dzin gya tsho yi
Zhab pä si thäi bar du tän gyur chig
In the land encircled by snow mountains
You are the source of all happiness and good;
All-powerful Chenrezig, Tenzin Gyatso,
Please remain until samsara ends.

Author: Sean

I am Sean, a writer/PR guy originally from the Rural South who grew up and settled down in Washington, D.C. My interests include local politics, Eastern philosophy, languages and reality television.

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