Tibet’s exiled Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, has said that he expects to return to the country, which he fled in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.
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The 76-year-old monk told Today presenter Sarah Montague that his own health remained quite good “so I am expecting another 10, 20 years. So within that, definitely things will change”.
And he confirmed reports, strongly denied by Beijing, that he had received information that the Chinese government had planned to assassinate him by using female agents with poison in their hair and scarf, adding that this was “impossible to cross-check”.
“If I develop anger, suffer myself. No help to our problem,” he explained.
The Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule and stepped down form his role as Tibet’s leader in exile last year, was speaking in London before receiving the £1.1m 2012 Templeton Prize for his engagement with science and people beyond his own religious traditions.
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Dalai Lama donates bulk of £1.1m prize to Save the Children
Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama is to donate the bulk of his Templeton Prize money to Save the Children, it was announced today. The 76-year-old religious leader received the £1.1m prize at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
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About £900,000 will go to Save the Children in India, with £125,000 set aside for The Minds and Life Institute.
Our chief executive Justin Forsyth, said:”We are honoured to accept this generous humanitarian gift, which will be used to save the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
“In line with the Dalai Lama’s wishes, the funds will be used on programmes which tackle malnutrition in India. Save the Children is at the forefront of the fight against malnutrition – one of the biggest causes of deaths of young children across the globe.
“This donation will be used practically, to help many more children survive, grow and as the Dalai Lama said realise their full potential.