The Dalai Lama is a familiar figure to the world because of his advocacy for non-violence, environmental protection, human rights, and peaceful coexistence. The 82-year-old monk has something new on his mind lately — the rise of nationalism. He is noticing the increase in the United States, and worldwide.
Recently, at a conference for Tibet supporters held in northern India, where the Buddhist monk has lived in exile since 1959, the Dalai Lama was very vocal on a list of things that concern him:
- President Trump’s “America first” policy
- America’s stance on global warming
- the use of the military in inappropriate ways
It wasn’t all doom and gloom and negative — the Dalai Lama “praised the United States and expressed hope that the American people will continue to do the right things, including with respect to Tibet.” So — he doesn’t appreciate Trump much, but still has faith in the American people.
In an elaboration, he added:
The present president, in the very beginning he mentioned ‘America first.’ That sounded in my ear not very nice.
The present president is not much paying attention to ecology. So on that, I feel some reservation.
While the event, The Five Fifty Forum, was held under a strict rule of anonymity called the Chatham House Rule, special permission was granted for the release of some of the Dalai Lama’s statements.
Because he has always been an advocate for peaceful solutions, he was critical of the overwhelming use of military force world wide and appealed to all nations to work on solving problems using diplomacy rather than violence. Reiterating that the use of military force never achieves goals, he stated:
Every problem on this planet, including our problem, must be solved with respect and mutually acceptable [solutions].
Although highly critical of the United States under it’s current leadership, he did not limit his commentary to just the U.S. He also commented on the Brexit vote and added that the European Union should be a model for the world — with everyone working together toward common goals. He would also like to eventually open discussions with the Chinese to fin a “mutually acceptable solution for Tibet.” While that doesn’t seem likely, he maintained an openness to the idea.
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