Submitted at 2/18/2010 2:21:46 PM
The Dalai Lama, fresh from hiscontroversial meeting withPresident Barack Obama, greetedthe U.S. press corps during ablustery press conference onThursday outside hisWashington hotel, and deliveredhis pearls of wisdom with abrand of syntax that sometimesleaves listeners scratching theirheads.“Important is truth,” the grinningDalai Lama told reporters, whenasked if he ever got discouragedabout China’s implacableresistance to his cause.“This is not question of justicehow soon achieved. Somethingworthwhile, make attempt. Then,whether materialize this goalwithin one’s own lifetime or not,it doesn’t matter.”Hundreds of Tibetan well-wishers gathered outside thehotel, waving Tibetan flags andprayer banners and chantingslogans including “Long Live theDalai Lama” and “Thank YouObama!”China, meanwhile, expressed“strong dissatisfaction” and“resolute opposition” to theDalai Lama-Obama meeting.The Dalai Lama said he washappy with the Obamaadministration’s open support forhis efforts, although he notedthat “time will tell” whether itwill have any impact.He also appeared satisfied withhis relations with Obama (”quiteyoung, energetic, tall”), notingthat since exiled Tibetans beganelecting leaders in 2001, the U.S.president had something to teachhim.“In political field he is my boss.In spiritual field, I am his boss. Imentioned this to the presidentand to the secretary of state,” theDalai Lama said, before lettingloose one of his trademark giggles.He had sterner words for China,however, saying that while Tibetshould remain a part of thePeople’s Republic for its owneconomic interests, it should alsobe allowed to maintain its ownunique cultural heritage. Beijing“childish” policies, includingcensorship, had left the world’smost populous nation with someunrealistic expectations, he said,adding that China was taking thewrong model — the SovietUnion — in its drive to become asuperpower.“Open society. Democratic.Independent judiciary. Thatsuperpower brings more trust,more comfort,” the Dalai Lamasaid. “So China shouldeventually be such a superpowerwhich brings happiness,satisfaction, calm, ease.”Photo Credit: Reuters/YuriGripas (The Dalai Lama greetssupporters outside WashingtonD.C. hotel)
Submitted at 2/19/2010 9:15:33 AM
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Submitted at 2/19/2010 12:30:00 PM