April 26th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

Dalai Lama: World belongs to 'humanity,' not leaders

By Catherine Shoichet, CNN

(CNN)- The Dalai Lama says he supports the principles behind Arab Spring protests.

"The world belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader, kings or religious leaders. The world belongs to humanity. Each country belongs essentially to their own people," he said in an interview Wednesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

Politicians at times forget that, even in democratic countries like the United States, he said.

"Sometimes they are short-sighted," he said. "They are mainly looking for the next vote."

When asked about the Arab Spring, the exiled Tibetan leader said he thought it was "in principle, very good."

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"Now they achieved the basic goal, now time come they must be united, all forces, no matter what their political thinking or something, now they must work together, that is very important," he said.

In a wide-ranging interview, the Dalai Lama discussed his thoughts about topics ranging from China's changing political landscape to whether he is tempted by women.

Read the full story here.

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Filed under: Buddhism • Church and state

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  1. Arturo Bredow

    The classics, in the Western academic tradition, refer to cultures of classical antiquity, namely the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures. The study of the classics is considered one of the cornerstones of the humanities; however, its popularity declined during the 20th century. Nevertheless, the influence of classical ideas in many humanities disciplines, such as philosophy and literature, remains strong; for example, the Gilgamesh Epic from Mesopotamia, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Vedas and Upanishads in India and various writings attributed to Confucius, Lao-tse and Chuang-tzu in China.,^"^

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    May 19, 2013 at 10:50 am |
  2. Prayer changes things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    April 29, 2012 at 6:51 am |
  3. Everett Wallace

    Why even entertain this person he belives in a big fat stone statue, which cannot speak, eat , walk or hear it is as bad as banging your head against a Brick wall nothing spiritual there a roach has more.

    April 28, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • danielwalldammit

      Yes, right, that's what he believes in. ...right.

      April 29, 2012 at 4:22 am |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    April 28, 2012 at 6:42 am |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    April 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      April 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • danielwalldammit

      I wonder if Buddha will answer your prayers.

      April 28, 2012 at 3:05 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things

      April 28, 2012 at 6:42 am |
    • John Doe

      Despite my great respect for, and generally my agreement with the HH the Dalai Lama, and in contrast to Buddhist teaching I am going to have to agree with this poster that prayer simply does not work. I think if there ever were a case study for that, it would be HHDL's own story of the loss of his country. Surely the Dalai Lama has prayed extensively for the end of Chinese occupation and rule. Not only HHDL himself, but a huge cast of followers all over the world. If all of them praying together, for decades on end cannot end Chinese occupation of Tibet, I think we can safely say that that problem is not going to be solved by prayer.

      This is perhaps largely a question of semantics and defining what we mean for prayer to work, because it might be that at some point the occupation of Tibet resolves itself in some way satisfactory to Tibetans and HHDL, and then all "believers" will say that their prayers were answered.

      Christians are in the same mindset. Rather than putting their energy into social, political, economic, educational, type solutions to the problems they face, they will go pray and say they have faith. If things happen to turn in their favor, they will be vindicated and validated in the prayers being answered, if things go the other way, they can simply say that "God works in mysterious ways." Either way, you can do little to dissuade the faithful from believing prayer works. They are not "wired" to listen to reason.

      May 14, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  6. Truth

    Jeremiah 5 >>
    New International Version 1984

    21Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,
    who have eyes but do not see,
    who have ears but do not hear:
    22Should you not fear me?” declares the Lord.
    “Should you not tremble in my presence?
    I made the sand a boundary for the sea,
    an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.
    The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail;
    they may roar, but they cannot cross it.
    23But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts;
    they have turned aside and gone away.
    24They do not say to themselves,
    ‘Let us fear the Lord our God,
    who gives autumn and spring rains in season,
    who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’
    25Your wrongdoings have kept these away;
    your sins have deprived you of good.
    26“Among my people are wicked men
    who lie in wait like men who snare birds
    and like those who set traps to catch men.
    27Like cages full of birds,
    their houses are full of deceit;
    they have become rich and powerful
    28and have grown fat and sleek.
    Their evil deeds have no limit;
    they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it,
    they do not defend the rights of the poor.
    29Should I not punish them for this?”
    declares the Lord.
    “Should I not avenge myself
    on such a nation as this?
    30“A horrible and shocking thing
    has happened in the land:
    31The prophets prophesy lies,
    the priests rule by their own authority,
    and my people love it this way.
    But what will you do in the end?

    April 27, 2012 at 6:10 am |


      April 27, 2012 at 6:17 am |
  7. jimbojoker

    Thank you Gyalwa Rinpoche your words are refreshing and a reminder that there is still hope for humanity.Thank You

    April 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm |



      April 27, 2012 at 6:19 am |
  8. Autumn Le Fleur

    The Dalai Lama is doing what most religious leaders should do, brag up the positives and talk down the negatives but leave the politics mostly in the hands of the politicians.

    April 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  9. jabby

    Actually, the world and all nations belong to Jesus Christ, King of kings, Lord of lords. True, only a few believe and live this truth; but, God Himself, in the fulness of His power and wrath, will reveal this truth to all living upon the earth.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      You couldn't be more wrong. In order for your statement to be true, you'd first have to provide the evidence for your god's existence and given that you are unable to do so, it is safe to say that the world does belong to humanity.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Nonimus

      When He shows up in person to claim, we can discuss it. Til then...

      April 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • And Now The Truth Can Be Revealed!

      No, the truth is that the world and all nations belong to Bobby The Dancing Cucumber, King of king of kings, Lord of lord of lords, Bobby Himself, in the fullness of His cucumbery power and wrath, will reveal this truth to all living upon the earth.

      Bobby will come on the clouds, with a really cool laser light show and great choreography! Pork rinds and Tab for everybody!

      It's true! True as Jesus!

      April 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • jimtanker

      How dare you blasphemy the Flying Spaghetti Monster!!! May he lay his noodly apendages be upon you.


      April 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • John Stefanyszyn

      ...true words spoken.

      April 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Rebel4Christ

      Amen Jabby!!!

      April 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, can it, Reb. You're such a fecktard.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • mickey1313

      Silly little thiest, man made god not the other way around.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • northern light

      @ Reble 4christ

      Rather a short post for a "true beliver" in defence of the lord of lords ....whats the matter cat got your tonge?
      Maybe you are like most fundies from the deep south and cannot create a formal sentence.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • BigAl

      The world belongs to the universe. We are mere visitors and should act accordingly.

      April 27, 2012 at 7:00 am |
    • danielwalldammit

      No they don't.

      April 28, 2012 at 3:06 am |
  10. aononeanmous

    Do I dare bother to post here? Wouldn't want to offend anyone who might have a temper tantrum and delete my posts.

    Before anyone bothers, yes I know about the filter. CNN is deleting posts of mine. They posted. They came up in the lists. There were no banned letter-combinations. The posts stayed for a while. Now they're gone.

    If you guys can't handle your responsibilities any better than that, what makes you think you deserve any respect from anyone?

    April 26, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • CNN Moderator

      We find you annoying. Please go away and find someone else to bother. Take a hint already.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • aononeanmous

      Ah, the fake moderator. Very funny.

      Prove you're the real moderator or admit you suck at this.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • Nonimus

      FYI: If you are posting abusive comments there is a "Report abuse" link for that purpose.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • Snow

      @aononeanmous.. it needs belief and you will not understand it because you don't have it.. 🙂

      *pun intended

      April 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm |


      April 27, 2012 at 6:16 am |
  11. jimtanker

    The Dalai Lama is a deposed dictator just waiting to take his power back over.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • beowolf

      Right on! When's the last time anyone saw the big DL actually physically acquiesce to the masses? On the contrary, every time we see his "humble" mug he's sitting in the lobby of a luxury hotel mucking it up with the rich and the powerful. Dare I say pot-kettle? He's just the reincarnation of some gold encrusted pope who wasn't quite savy enough to hold on to his home town throne so now he has to settle for a plush cushion in exile.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  12. Cane Sugar

    Humanism is another religion!

    April 26, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Sugar is bad for you

      Oh dear.

      Once again, here is the appropriate definition of "religion" for those strange ignorant religious people who for some reason want non-religion to be a religion.

      Webster: "The service and worship of God or the supernatural." The Oxford Dictionary: "The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods." The Free Dictionary: "Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe."

      As you can see, without a god or anything supernatural, you cannot have religion.

      Why are religious people so dead set on claiming that non-religion is a religion? It comes up all the time. Very weird, and quite stupid.

      April 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • mickey1313

      Sugar is bad, they have to say stuff like that because they know deep down that there beliefs are based on nothing, also they must attempt to put truth and facts on the same useless level. But intelligent people know better, thiests are just sad.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
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