1. All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment.

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  2. Open-minded people tend to be interested in Buddhism because Buddha urged people to investigate things - he didn't just command them to believe.

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  3. Of course, when I say that human nature is gentleness, it is not 100 percent so. Every human being has that nature, but there are many people acting against their nature, being false.

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  4. I think the self-burning itself on practice of non-violence. These people, you see, they easily use bomb explosive, more casualty people. But they didn't do that. Only sacrifice their own life. So this also is part of practice of non-violence.

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  5. I always tell people that religious institutions and political institutions should be separate. So while I'm telling people this, I myself continue with them combined. Hypocrisy!

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  6. I always say that people should not rush to change religions. There is real value in finding the spiritual resources you need in your home religion.

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  7. The Chinese government wants me to say that for many centuries Tibet has been part of China. Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change past history. History is history.

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  8. The Tibetan people will need to determine who the next reincarnation of the Dalai Lama is.

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  9. If you have religious faith, very good, you can add on secular ethics, then religious belief, add on it, very good. But even those people who have no interest about religion, okay, it's not religion, but you can train through education.

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  10. It is difficult to violently suppress people in the long run, as the example of the Soviet Union and the Eastern European countries has shown.

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  11. I consider myself as a free spokesman for the people.

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  12. Chinese people themselves, they really want change.

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  13. If some people have the belief or view that the Dalai Lama has some miracle power, that's totally nonsense. I am just one human being.

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  14. Some mischievous people always there. Last several thousand years, always there. In future, also.

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  15. Number of people have said to me, after hearing your thinking, their mind becomes much more happier.

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  16. At the beginning when the child is coming, people worry the child may be deformed. When a healthy boy or child comes, people are very happy for a short moment.

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