The Dalai Lama on Friday said he was confident that the Tibet problem would be sorted out in his lifetime.
“Of course it will, it definitely will, I am confident it will,” he said speaking on the sidelines of his lecture at the Mumbai University in response to a question on to whether he thought the Tibet problem would be solved within his lifetime. “There are more Chinese people than ever supporting the Tibetan cause (of independence).”
He was at the university to address students and staff on the topic, Ancient wisdom, modern thought.
The Dalai Lama spoke for 45 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session with the students. In response to a question related to capitalism, he spoke about a visit to China in 1955 when he had studied Marxist thought, joking that it was “no secret” that he described himself as a Marxist.
“I told the Chinese authorities I want to join the Chinese communist party,” he said, amid laughter. “Now in China genuine socialism is no longer there; a communist party without communist ideology, capitalist communism, this is something new… I heard that Indian communists, some leaders of the Indian communist party, their personal life is more bourgeois.”
Answering a question on the role of “greedy businessmen” causing the global recession, he said: “Business people also come from society, we need change at the fundamental level, and now in the west some educationists are questioning the educational system.”
Through the course of his lecture, he repeatedly described himself as a ‘chela’ (disciple) of Indian tradition.
“We are two branches of the same Bodhi tree. I describe Indians as the guru, we (Tibetans) are chelas of Indian guru,” he said. “Essentially we learn from you.”
The Dalai Lama described his admiration for Indian secularism, the spirit of ahimsa and religious harmony but also had some advice for the gathering.
“The caste system, dowry, discrimination, these may be a part of your tradition but it is outdated, and must change. The youth must change some of these… From your chela this is constructive criticism. Sometimes you are little bit lazy. You must be more hardworking, with full self-confidence to work hard.”