Sunday, May 25, 2008

Chinese propaganda portrays me as devil: Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama says he has been saddened that Beijing's state "propaganda" has left many Chinese considering him a "devil with horns".

On the first of five days of talks and teachings in the English city of Nottingham, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said Beijing's control over information left millions thinking he was a "demon".

Emotional human values were lacking in modern China, he added.

"Millions of innocent Chinese will have no other way to get information except government propaganda," he said in a talk at Nottingham Arena.

"If millions feel that the Dalai Lama is a demon, then I feel very sad. This is no help to solve the problems."

His strength of character and inner peace lay in the fact he, and other Tibetan Buddhists, had truth, he said.

"Violent methods cannot eliminate truth. Through violent suppression, truth becomes stronger."

The 72-year-old monk called for a renewed emphasis on compassion and affection in the world.


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