“We Tibetans long to go back and rebuild Tibet”: His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Sweden

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his talk on ‘Art of Happiness and Peace’ at Malmo, Sweden, 12 September 2018.

Sweden: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Wednesday reiterated that Tibetans long to return to Tibet and are willing to remain within the People’s Republic of China given that China respects Tibetan distinct culture and autonomy.

Speaking at a talk on ‘Art of Happiness and Peace’, organised by Individuell Människohjälp (IM), His Holiness said, “As Tibetan refugees, now about 60 years, we always think about Tibet and to rebuild Tibet. We want to be broadminded, not narrow-minded. Therefore, we are very much willing to remain within the People’s Republic of China given that they respect Tibetan culture, language, environment. These are in accordance with the Chinese Constitution.

The event was being held to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Swedish aid organization Individuell Människohjälp.

“Now things are changing, firstly historically, Tibet and China have shared long and close, dating back to over thousand years. Recently, we have been passing through a difficult period but that will change,” he said with optimism.

If reunited with China, His Holiness affirmed that Tibetans can serve millions of Chinese Buddhists. China on the hand can support development for Tibetans. “It is a mutual benefit.”

“While taking refuge in India, we are training on our own culture as well as modern education. so when situations are favourable, we are ready to rebuild our own country.”

Tomorrow morning His Holiness will give an audience to the Tibetan community members and Tibet supporters from Sweden and nearby Scandinavian countries. He will also give interviews to two leading media organisations in Sweden. 

This is His Holiness’ first visit since 2011.