WASHINGTON, D.C. —Voice of America’s Tibetan Service today broadcast an exclusive 80-minute interview with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and historical leader of Tibet.
In the interview, the Dalai Lama focused on the historical and cultural heritage of Tibet and the Tibetan people. “It is up to Tibetans to protect our culture,” he said, “not for our sake only, but because Tibetan culture has the potential to contribute enormously to the future well-being of all people on earth.”
In the course of the interview, the Dalai Lama also spoke of China, which has controlled Tibet since 1951, and appeared to be offering advice to Chinese leaders: “To experience prolonged stability, for the people to feel contentment, and for the nation to enjoy wide influence in this world, compassion, tolerance, and a wider perspective are essential.”
The interview was broadcast ahead of a very important year for Tibetans inside Tibet and around the world. On July 6, 2015 the Dalai Lama turns 80, an age that is particularly auspicious in Tibetan culture.
VOA’s Tibetan Service presented this television special to Tibet and to exile Tibetans around the world via satellite and Internet.
The service chose to broadcast the interview on December 10 because it was on this date, 25 years ago, that the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.