Dalai Lama says Tibetan people should decide on his succession

Dalai Lama

Speaking at the Tawang Monastery, where he arrived on Friday, the Tibetan leader and spiritual guru said that despite atrocities in Tibet "similar to Pol Pot's in Cambodia", he had chose to "forgive China" and was even willing to follow the "One China" policy.

He was welcomed by a large crowd in Tawang on Friday and will be at the monastery till April 10.

However, the Nobel laureate endorsed the European Union for pursuing policies directed at social cohesion and staying away from following the United States practice of "anti-immigration and protectionism".

In a speech to tens of thousands of his followers on Saturday in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang - the second-highest seat of Tibetan Buddhism - the Dalai Lama denied that he had any knowledge of where his successor would be born. Tawang has been decorated with colourful prayer flags, besides Indian and Tibetan flags and flowers.

"People have the wrong information", the 81-year-old monk told reporters in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang where he took shelter on his flight from Tibet decades ago. But bad weather forced him to take to the road as his helicopter couldn't take off from Assam. The Dalai Lama says he merely advocates substantial autonomy and protection of the region's native Buddhist culture.

It belongs to the Gelugpa school of Mahayana Buddhism and had religious connection with Lhasa's Drepung Monastery that continued during the British rule.

China claims about 90,000 square kilometers (35,000 square miles) in Arunachal Pradesh, referred to informally by some Chinese as "Southern Tibet".

THE Dalai Lama has arrived in Tawang, a remote area in northeastern India, to a rousing welcome by hundreds of people there and amid protests by China.

The Dalai Lama on Saturday also spoke about the disputed Tibetan region.

A day after after delivering sermons in Bomdila, he spent two days at Dirang, about 40 km north of Bomdila, where he consecrated the Thupsing Dhargye monastery.

"He has arrived after a strenuous seven-hour road journey from Dirang".

Security forces kept a vigil, particularly at Sela Pass, which was wet because of melting snow, muddy and slippery.

On China's claim on the next Dalai Lama, he said, "Let China first come clear on its theory on rebirth". His first visit to this mountainous state was in 1983 and the last trip was in 2009, which coincided with his 50 years since he crossed through Arunachal Pradesh.

Almost 10,000 people, some of them from neighboring Bhutan, greeted the Dalai Lama at the Thubchok Gatsel Ling Monastery in Tawang district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Indian official Jemba Tshering said.

The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. He set up the Tibetan government in-exile at Dharamshala and India has not limited his movement. The communist regime in China now wants to have its own Dalai Lama.

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