China Has Physically Occupied Tibet But It Can Never Control Our Mind: Dalai Lama

China Has Physically Occupied Tibet But It Can Never Control Our Mind: Dalai LamaThe Dalai Lama at his residence in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh (Shyam Sharma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) 

Dalai Lama, the supreme spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, has said that new generations of Tibetans are as determined to oppose Chinese occupation of Tibet as the earlier ones.

In an interview with StratNews Global, the Tibetan religious leader said that whether the tradition of the institution of Dalai Lama should continue or not is up to the “people of Tibet, Himalaya and Mongolia”.

On the question that China wants to decide the next Dalai Lama, he said that Tibetan people will not accept the religious leader chosen by the Chinese regime.

“Tibetan determination [is] very firm. Since 50s generations passed but new generation, their determination, is as strong as the previous generations,” he said while responding to a query on how the younger generation of Tibetans will take forward the struggle for more autonomy from China.

He said that though China has physically occupied Tibet but it can never control the spirit and mind of the Tibetan people.

Adding that the number of Chinese following the Tibetan Buddhism has been increasing, the Dalai Lama said that the China may control Tibet using weapon but Tibetan Buddhism influence their mind.

“So, [in a] long run, our influence is more stronger than their weapon,” he said.