Throughout the course of the Chinese occupation, hundreds of
thousands of Tibetans have been imprisoned or killed by Chinese
police. Yet the Dalai Lama continues to regard the Chinese as
his greatest teachers. As he says: "For a person who cherishes
compassion and love, the practice of tolerance is essential;
and for that, an enemy is indispensable."
"One Tibetan monk who is now close with me came
[to Dharamsala] in the early '80s [and] joined
with me. He [had] spent more than 18 years in a
Chinese prison labor camp. So we used to talk
and he told on a few occasons he really faced some
danger. So I asked him, 'What danger? What kind of
danger?' -- thinking he would tell me of Chinese
torture and prison.
"He replied, 'Many times I was in danger of losing
compasson for the Chinese.'"
"That's marvelous, isn't it?"
-- HH Dalai Lama
Rachel Louis Snyder,
"Laughing with the Dalai Lama",
in Tibetan Bulletin,
November-December, 1999 - p. 22)
These days the environment - the source of life for
all beings in the world, including Tibet, is
undergoing extensive degeneration. At this time
it is extremely important that every human being,
according to his/her ability, should consistently
put effort to ensure the conservation and
protection of this planet.
-- His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama
People everywhere are coming to understand that
we cannot continue to use the goods of the earth
as we have in the past. A new ecological awareness is
beginning to emerge which, rather than being
downplayed, ought to be encouraged to develop into
concrete programs and initiatives.
-- His Holiness Pope John Paul II
We are at war with Nature, and if by chance we win
the war, we shall be the losers.
-- E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful
Only after the last tree has been cut down, only
after the last river has been poisoned, only after
the last fish has been caught, only then will
we realize that money cannot be eaten.
-- Cree Indian Prophecy
(The above from From "Green Tibet Annual Newsletter" 1995-1996
Environment Desk, DIIR)