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The Dalai Lama Says the Duty to Combat Racial Injustice Lies With ‘the Folks’

The Dalai Lama Says the Responsibility to Fight Racial Injustice Lies With ‘the People’


Tibetan religious chief the Dalai Lama says that every “particular person” should in the end take duty for combating systemic racism in fashionable society.

Talking at Thursday’s TIME100 Talks in regards to the mass protests which have erupted throughout the U.S. and world sparked by the police killing of unarmed Black man George Floyd, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, stated that, “in the end folks, the general public, have the facility to resolve.”

“Firstly, folks ought to assume extra correctly, with extra open thoughts,” he stated. “So the federal government ought to take the general public’s view, that’s crucial.”

“The feudal system is previously, [when] just a few folks determined … Right now is the democratic interval.”

Talking from his residence within the northern Indian city of Dharamshala, the Dalai Lama additionally mentioned latest tensions at India’s border with China, the place not less than 20 troopers died in skirmishes final month.

“India and China have some sense of competitors in latest instances,” he stated. “Each over a billion inhabitants. Each [are] highly effective nations but neither one can destroy the opposite one, so it’s a must to dwell side-by-side.”

The Dalai Lama, who gained the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, spoke at size about local weather change. The plateau the place Tibet is situated is the biggest supply of recent water on Earth, apart from the 2 poles, and feeds rivers throughout the Asian continent.

“Buddha himself was born not in a palace, however underneath a tree,” he stated. “When he handed, it was underneath a tree. One of many guidelines throughout [our] monsoon retreat is that we should always not minimize [anything] inexperienced. So this reveals that Buddha himself paid consideration to inexperienced [issues.]”

The Dalai Lama additionally expressed his “deep appreciation to these docs and nurses who regardless of of their very own well being … maintain [coronavirus] sufferers.” He stated that he hopes that the shared burden of the virus would possibly foster better understanding between nations and cultures sooner or later.

“After one 12 months, two 12 months, perhaps folks … will develop oneness of human being,” he stated. “Not the idea of ‘we they usually’ … That type of considering is backward. We must always see an issue and rush to assist. That’s what I really feel.”

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