Dalai Lama Admits Tibet Policy 'Failure'

The Dalai Lama has acknowledged that his drive for genuine autonomy in Tibet has failed.

Agence France-Presse reports that even though representatives for the Tibetan government are in China for the eighth round of Chinese-Tibetan dialogue, the Dalai Lama said his “faith and trust in the Chinese government is thinning” and the situation in Tibet is worsening.

The Dalai Lama has advocated a “Middle Way” approach of compromise and dialogue with the communist Chinese since their occupation of Tibet began in 1949.

“I have to accept failure,” he said.

He described the situation in Tibet as one of martial law and said Tibetan culture and the people “are being handed down a death sentence.”

Many younger, impatient Tibetans feel the Dalai Lama should seek total independence from China, and are not satisfied with his compromising attitude.

The Hindustan Times said the Dalai Lama now describes himself politically as “semi-retired” and is calling on the Tibetan people to actively engage in the democratic process.

–Julia Hengst/Newsdesk.org


“China handing down ‘death sentence’ to Tibetans: Dalai Lama”
Agence France-Presse, November 2, 2008

“Dalai Lama raps China over Tibet Issue”
The Hindustan Times, November 3, 2008

“Dalai Lama admits Tibet autonomy drive has failed”
Agence France-Presse, November 2, 2008

11 thoughts on “Dalai Lama Admits Tibet Policy 'Failure'

  1. When I here that the Dalai Lama has given up on Tibet. I know that he is a fraud. End of Point.

  2. I find the Dalai Lama’s openness & honesty refreshing. He admits his personal failures and allows other views to be considered. This is a sign of true humility.

  3. The true understanding of humility is to accept your failures yes. But the true test of us all is to never give up. When I see someone give in against such violence and uneeded killing of inoccent people. When he is the so called spirtual leader of those people. I see that he has become a fraud and should admit he loves the limelight more than the sancity of those he should be spirtually protecting. I guess money and hiding is more important than standing against and protecting his people. I am not against the Dalai Lama. I just see what he has become over the years.

  4. The Dalai Lama, from my understanding, is not “giving up” on Tibet, but is losing trust in China. The people of China also have my support in urging the Dalai Lama to become independent from China.

  5. i can see the disillusionment. it does seem defeatist (and melodramatic) to say “i have to accept failure.”

    on the other hand, isn’t he just saying that the way he has been approaching things hasn’t been working, and that a new approach is needed? he’s also old and tired, hence his pitch to other people to take up the mantle.

    don’t follow leaders …

  6. The point I am trying to say is that the Dalai Lama has been saying he is the spirit of Tibet. He was selected from spiritual leaders to be Tibet’s spirtual leader. People were taught to believe he was there to lead them. Now he’s giving up! We are not just talking about the Dalai Lama giving up, when he such things he is telling his people to give into evil. Plain and simple. China whether you like it or not is a communist killing machine. Always has been always will. Read way back in history beyond ww1.

  7. To see things as they are is the mark of Buddhism. “Tibet” may no longer be an actual place of political power. Buddhism has moved across many countries and nations. I believe the Dalai Lama is a good role model and remains the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism.

  8. He hasn’t given up. What he has done, however, is made a dramatic shift in his policies and called for aid.

  9. what has happened is that he released that china is a power that can only be controlled by force ether economic or internal. though he is in a position where he could use his influence on the Tibetan people to create that force, he is moral enough not to ask for rebellion that would only spread suffering. instead he needs outer entities to put economic force on china and the chinese people to tell their leaders to stop beating on a people that have done nothing

  10. A puppet backed up by India, an opportunist think he can take the money from the west forever as long as we have a ‘dream’. the failure is left China had his followerers live in shambles while he has a high life. Now, these people start to lose faith in him. He should stay with his people in Tibet represent them to negotiate with Beijing and make a change.

  11. ann do you work for the chinese government?disinformation, repeating a deliberately skewed interetation sounds to me like you are a plant!