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are you going to Stay in India? Will you
go back to China?
come here to India from Tibet as a refugee
and in accordance with that having received
the status of a refugee, I do not plan
to return to Tibet until HH the Dalai
Lama returns. I will go back with him.
like to know what actually inspired you
to come to India since you have lots of
followers all over the world?
of the most important reasons why I was
inspired to come to India was so that
I would be able to see or visit the sacred
places of this country [India].
Radio of Tibet
Holiness, since you have come to India,
the government of China has asserted that
you did not come to take up residence
in this country, but only to reclaim the
Black Hat and other possessions of your
predecessor; that you would be returning
to China, and that you left a letter behind
you in Tibet that stated that?
is true that I left a letter behind me,
but as I wrote the letter myself, I'm
perfectly aware of what was in it and
what wasn't. I said in the letter that
I left because, although I had for a long
time, persistently and repeatedly, requested
permission to travel internationally,
I had never received it and so I had to
leave. I did not in the letter mention
the Black Crown, the Black Hat. Why would
I want to retrieve that from India and
bring it back to China anyway? The only
thing that would be served or accomplished
by doing so that would be to place that
Hat on Jiang Zemin's head.
Holiness in your statement you never mentioned
the Shamarpa who is the second highest
Kagyu lama and has accused you of being
a Chinese agent. What is your opinion
to this point, I have done my best to
deal with the situation in an appropriate
way and therefore I saw no reason to it
speculate about it or write about it in
my statement as that would only make things
wanted to ask the Karmapa whether while
he was in Tibet there was any pressure
placed upon him by the Chinese to recognize
the Panchen Lama that they selected?
was no particular pressure placed on me
to support the Chinese government's recognition
of their Panchen Lama, but I was invited
to his hair cutting and ordination.
It took you only thirty hours to come
out of Tibet into Nepal and yet it took
you more than five days to reach Dharamsala
within a free country. Why so? [question
repeated] Why did a journey of 1500 kilometers
take 30 hours and yet it took 5 days to
reach here [Dharamsala] form Nepal. It's
been said that [inaudible] helped you
reach Nepal. Is Situ Rinpoche an agent
of the Chinese?
reason why parts of the journey took longer
than others was because of the distance
to be traveled and the difficulty of traveling
in that region. The whole journey took
8 days and I think I have explained the
times pretty clearly in my statement.
I don't think I can say anything clearer
than that. As far as his Eminence Tai
Situ Rinpoche is concerned, while I was
in Tibet, I repeatedly asked the government
of China for permission to invite him
to Tsurphu so that I could receive the
empowerments, transmissions, and instructions
that I wished to received from him. But
they refused to allow Tai Situ Rinpoche
to enter China, saying that he could not
come because he had too close a connection
to HH the Dalai Lama and was, therefore,
inadmissible to the country of China.
I think that if what you said were true,
that they would have been delighted to
let him in.
intend to work with the Dalai Lama in
the cause of promoting world awareness
of Tibet and in the cause of Tibetan independence
I mentioned in my statement earlier, what
has made Tibet so famous throughout the
world is its religious tradition and culture.
So I regard it as my duty and responsibility
to support the religion and culture of
Tibet as much and as vigorously as I can.
I think that by doing this I will benefit
Tibetans and the people in Tibet and benefit
the situation in Tibet as well. In that
sense, in the sense of supporting Tibetan
religion and culture I will assist His
Holiness the Dalai Lama as much as I can.
Holiness, you are one of the most famous
lamas of Tibet and are regarded as someone
who can know the past and future. Would
you, therefore, care to comment on where
you will be in 15 years?
mind the future, I will forget tomorrow
what I said today.
you worried about Tibetan culture becoming
extinct because of the state of affairs
a Dharma practitioner not involved in
politics], all I can say is that every
nation has its own distinct spiritual
tradition and culture. If any of these
are in danger of becoming extinct, I would
hope that that would not happen.
Chinese waiting for the Dalai Lama to
pass away in the hopes that that will
be the end of the Tibetan independence
movement and that they will thereafter
be able to fully absorb Tibetan culture
within Han Chinese culture?
Holiness the Dalai Lama is not that old
and is in very good health.
addition, I constantly pray for his longevity
and I am confident that the situation
of his passing will not occur for a long
time. It is quite possible that before
then the political situation in China
will change considerably. In addition,
the power of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's
aspirations and compassion is inconceivable.
With regard to the youth of Tibet, I think
the most important thing is for them to
concentrate on the preservation of the
spiritual and cultural traditions of Tibet.
And His Holiness the Dalai Lama regularly
gives them the same advice.
future would you like to see for Tibet?
the foundation of the spiritual tradition
of Tibet is non-violence and peace, my
greatest aspiration is that Tibet abide
in the future in a state of non-violence
and peace or tranquillity.
that you have recently spoken about your
parents. Do you have any concern about
your parents being ill-treated or your
followers? And do you know where your
course, one's parents are extremely important
to anyone, because in a sense our parents
are of the greatest
kindness to us of anyone. And therefore,
for me as well, the situation and circumstances
of my parents are very important. Nevertheless,
for the reasons I explained in my statement,
I felt it was necessary for me to leave
them behind. In this situation, I do not
know the precise details of my parents'
I continually pray for the welfare of
my parents and everyone in Tibet.
sort of cooperation have you received
from the Indian government? What restrictions,
if any, have they placed on your travel?
general the Government of India has been
extremely helpful and generous to me.
In particular I have been given permission
to reside in the country and was also
given permission to go on pilgrimage.
it is said that you were being reared
by China for a political purpose. If so,
what was that purpose, particularly in
regard to Tibetan independence?
have heard it said that in a sense the
Government of China was planning to make
use of me. I was certainly treated as
someone very special. For example, when
I was taken on tour in China to Beijing,
I was well-treated.
I came to suspect that there might be
a plan to use me to separate the people
within Tibet from His Holiness the Dalai
Holiness, do you plan on learning English
and other foreign languages to communicate
with other cultures as has His Holiness
the Dalai Lama?
been born in Tibet, in addition to Tibetan,
I speak what I would call slightly broken
Chinese, and I am acquiring a little bit
of English and have the intention of learning
Japanese some day.
Times of India
it take you such a long time to interact
with the media? And don't you think that
the interest the Western media has shown
in you is a ploy to [?discredit, tape
not clear] China?
agree that it took a long time for me
to meet with the media. I wanted to straightforwardly
present the true story of my coming here,
but my situation did not allow me to have
this kind of press meeting until now.
In answer to your second question, I think
it is not only the Western media but also
the Asian media that are interested in
my situation, and as they are all free
to take interest in whatever they wish,
I cannot guess and do not know the motivation
behind their interest.
we got only half the answer to a question
posed by my colleague. What specific restrictions
have been placed upon your travel in India?
been given permission or status to reside
in India, I am free to travel within this
country. The restrictions on this or exceptions
to this are that I may not go to Sikkim
and I may not go to Sherab Ling, which
I find confusing.
you react to the assertion of some Karma
Kagyu followers that Thaye Dorje is the
identity of the Karmapa is not decided
by a popular vote or a debate between
groups. It is decided only by the prediction
of the previous Karmapa.
do you do on an average day?
study and practice Buddhism.
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