'I Am Not Seeking Independence,' Reconfirms His Holiness

November 3rd 2009


His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing the media in Japan

His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing the media in Japan's Matsuyama city on Novermber 3, 2009. The exiled Tibetan leader restated that he was not demanding independence for Tibet.photo:Tenzin Choejor

Matsuyama, Japan, 3 November 2009 (By Sherab Woeser, ) - On his arrival at the provincial capital of Matsuyama early morning today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama interacted with the local media at Funaya Hotel for over an hour.

'I am not demanding independence for Tibet. I am only seeking genuine autonomy as enshrined in the constitution of People's Republic of China,' said the exiled Tibetan leader in response to a question. Expressing his hope in the Chinese people, His Holiness said that the number of articles and commentaries, critical of China's policies on Tibet in the past one year by Chinese scholars and intellectuals were encouraging signs.

A capacity crowd of 5,300 attend the public talk of His Holiness the Dalai at the Ehime Budokan stadium in Japan on November 3, 2009. The Nobel Peace laureate is on his 12th visit to the island nation. photo: Tenzin Choejor

A capacity crowd of 5,300 attend the public talk of His Holiness the Dalai at the Ehime Budokan stadium in Japan on November 3, 2009. The Nobel Peace laureate is on his 12th visit to the island nation. photo: Tenzin Choejor

The Chinese Government accuses the Dalai Lama of being a
 

Latest News

Interviewed by Lady Gaga Before Addressing the US Conference of Mayors
June 27th 2016
Indianapolis, IN, USA, 26 June 2016 - On the final day of his current visit to the USA His Holiness the Dalai Lama was invited to give the keynote address to the 84th Annual Meeting of the US Conference of Mayors. He was met on arrival at the JW Marriott Hotel by the Conference President, Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Discussions about Secular Ethics in Education and a Public Talk - Compassion as a Pillar of World Peace
June 26th 2016

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Meets Tibetans from Colorado and New Mexico
June 25th 2016

Eight Verses for Training the Mind and Educating the Heart and Mind
June 24th 2016

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits Utah Tibetan Association
June 23rd 2016