Dharamshala: His Holiness the Dalai Lama emphasised the role and responsibility of the younger generation of Tibetans in keeping alive the rich and ancient cultural, literary and linguistic heritage of Tibet.
Around 800 Tibetans received audience of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Thursday, 4 December, the last day of his two-day visit to Brussels.
His Holiness also told the Tibetans to abide by the laws of their host country.
Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong Rinpoche addressed to the Tibetans on the latest political development on the issue of Tibet.
Kalon Tripa briefed on the political developments, including the 8th round of discussions between the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese leadership, about the special meeting on Tibet held in Dharamsala, its outcome and the International Tibet Support Groups Meeting in Delhi.
Kalon Tripa also explained the voluntary contribution (Chatrel) paid by all the Tibetans in exile and the procedures to apply to obtain “Chatrel Lakdhab” or the Green Book.
Before meeting with the Tibetan community, Holiness the Dalai Lama met with the members of Tibet Inter-group at the European Parliament. His Holiness briefed them on the issue of Tibet including the latest eight round of discussions held with the Chinese leadership.
His Holiness and the members of the European Parliament deliberate on the memorandum on genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people presented to Chinese government and the opposition to the memorandum by the Chinese leadership, the special general meeting on Tibet held in Dharamsala and 3-day special International Tibet Support Groups meeting in Delhi.
Expressing solidarity with the Tibetan people and support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Middle-Way Approach, Mr Thomas Mann, President of EP Tibet Inter-group told His Holiness of their plan to go on fast for 24 hours by about 500 people, of which majority are members of European Parliament.
To appreciate their gesture His Holiness informed them that His Holiness, Kalon Tripa and members of his entourage would also join the 24-hour fasting from 3 to 4 December.
On 3 December, His Holiness met with the Belgian Prime Minister Mr Yves Leterme at his office for 45 minutes. The meeting focused on the issue of Tibet especially the contacts between the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese leadership.
A copy of the memorandum on genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people submitted to the Chinese leadership was presented to the Belgian prime minister.
Madame Joelle Milquet, the Vice-Premier of Belgian Federal Government, also called on His Holiness at Hilton Brussels and His Holiness briefed her on the latest political development on the issue of Tibet.
–Based on report filed by EU Coordination Office, Brussels.