The Dalai Lama on COVID-19, Trump, and “old thinking” in America

Trump personally, but notes that at his age, a long flight to Washington wasn’t really feasible. First published on June 24, 2020 / 9:24 AM China insists Tibet is and always has been an integral part of the country.Countries around the world have paid little more than lip service. 

Asked what he would like to see the world’s most powerful country do to support Tibet and ensure its cultural identity survives, the Dalai Lama suggests it would start with a broader world view. The Dalai Lama on the coronavirus, Donald Trump, and “old thinking” in America

By Ramy Inocencio

June 24, 2020 / 9:24 AM
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Tokyo — Maintaining optimism and calm amidst a pandemic isn’t easy. Police Reform & Racial Justice

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Charleston removing statue of slavery advocate John C.  You’re never too old to do something new. Sometimes, he says, there is too much emphasis put on our “little differences” and, “that creates problem.””You see, strong feeling of differences, that is short-sighted, narrow-minded.”The Dalai Lama, along with Tibet’s more than 3 million people, have been sidelined themselves — by China. But he watches the news every day, and he’s keenly aware of the suffering in the world. “Now, in America, there’s quite, I’ll say, narrow-minded thinking,” he says. He’s been “uncomfortable,” he told me, since President Trump made it clear he was putting “America first.”

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Isolation is nothing new for the Dalai Lama.He fled Tibet in 1959, after China invaded and annexed his country. “Black people, white people — we are same…human, brother, sisters.” The Dalai Lama says treating people differently because of their race, or their faith or nationality, is “old thinking.”

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So how can the world move past that old thinking?  

The Dalai Lama is staying safely isolated from the coronanvirus at his home high in the Himalayas, but technology helps keep him connected. He says little has changed in his daily life too under coronavirus lockdown and, as a Buddhist, the “mind is more important than physical” aspects of life, anyway. He didn’t rule out meeting him in India, perhaps, but noted with a laugh that speaking with the American leader could be, “sort of complicated.”On July 6, the Dalai Lama will celebrate his 85th birthday. Calhoun

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