11/23/2008

Dalai Lama rules out retirement 'till death'



Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures as he addresses a press conference in Dharmsala, India, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. AP Photo by Ashwini Bhatia

Dalai Lama rules out retirement 'till death'

Dharamsala (IANS): Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Sunday categorically said he was not thinking of retirement and was committed to the cause of Tibet "till death".

"There is no point or question of retirement. It is my moral responsibility to lead the Tibetans till my death. My whole body and flesh is Tibetan," the Dalai Lama told a press conference, a day after a crucial six-day meeting of nearly 600 top Tibetan leaders ended in Dharamsala.

The Dalai Lama, in recent months, had been saying that he was in semi-retirement and wanted to retire from his public commitments.

Reuters: Dalai Lama rules out retirement and reaffirms middle way
AFP: Dalai Lama warns of 'great danger' facing Tibetans
AP: Dalai Lama warns Tibetan exiles to be prudent
Bloomberg: Dalai Lama Says No Early Decision on Talks With China

Dharamshala:

Recommendations of the First Special General Meeting Convened Under Article 59 of the Charter
Tibetans Reaffirm Faith in His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Stand Firm on Middle-Way Approach

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