Speaking from a spiritual point of view, Tibet, our land of snow, was prophesized by Lord Buddha. It is a blessed, pure land. By nature, its people are compassionate and religious minded. This is how we view ourselves, and how the rest of the world views us.
From a worldly point of view, it is a country with a very long history. Archeological findings have revealed that we are a people whose history dates back to six to eight thousand years. The Tibetan people inhabit the highest plateau in the world.
In the past, our people went through many hardships. However, we have managed to survive as a people. If the Tibetan people were given the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to any cause, not only the cause of Tibet, they would do exceptionally well. We have also preserved our culture, particularly the Buddhist culture, which is a bene t to Tibet as well as to the rest of the world. Our Buddhist culture has spread to Mongolia and the Himalayan areas. Tibetan Buddhism is considered as a reliable and unfailing tradition.
The Buddhist teaching has influenced the nature of the Tibetan people. We have a culture with compassion, at its core. Our people are kind and gentle. These are among the most precious and important qualities in today’s world. Our culture with compassion and mercy as its core, and gentleness and morality as its essence, has the potential to bene t not only Tibetans, but also the whole world. We have a culture of caring not only for human being, but also animals, we do not unnecessarily use, kill or harm living beings. These qualities are beneficial to the whole world.
We also have a culture of contentment and not taking too much from nature. As we see today, human greed and unlimited wants have caused additional problems to the world and immeasurable harm to animals. In view of this, the future economic development of Tibet should be based on the principle of non-violence and peace. Just as our mountain environment is beautiful and cool, so should we strive to tame and make our minds peaceful through our Buddhist practice of compassion. In this way we can create an environment of peace in Tibet. In my Five Point Peace Plan for Tibet, I proposed that future Tibet should be a demilitarized, peace sanctuary.
The future political system of Tibet should be democratic. There are many political systems, of which the most viable is the one that gives people the opportunity to take collective responsibility and allows them elect their own leaders. This is the best and most stable political system. Therefore, we should strive to make future Tibet a free democracy. If we could achieve this, then our land will become a place where human beings and all other living beings can live in peace in their beautiful mountain environment. In this way, we can set an example for the whole world. This is possible and achievable. I always pray and wish for this.
The number of Chinese supporters for the cause of Tibet continue to increase. China and the Arya land of India are our most important neighbours. There are Tibet supporters in these two countries and in the Himalayan kingdoms bordering Tibet. There are large numbers of Tibet supporters throughout the world. I will be very happy if all of them support our efforts to achieve our future goals.