Dharamshala — Introducing Prof Samdhong Rinpoche and President Dr Lobsang Sangay as his trusted personal representatives or emissaries, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has urged the United States Institute of Peace to hold more effective meetings in the future, to pave the path for a peaceful, compassionate century.
"Action-oriented initiatives and optimism are the only way to solve human-created problems, and to pave the path for a peaceful, compassionate century," His Holiness said, adding: "While men and women were all equal human beings, the latter have more potential to contribute to world peace through compassionate leadership."
His Holiness told the international youth leaders that his two fully trusted representatives can participate as his representative or personal emissaries in future dialogue with the United States Institute of Peace. "I am now 82-year old. Since last year, my feeling of tiredness has been much increased. For more activities in different continents and different countries, I may not participate," His Holiness said, adding: "So I brought two of my trusted friends and emissaries."
At the dialogue with USIP youth leaders on November 6, 2017, in Dharamshala, India, His Holiness the Dalai Lama presented both the former and current Tibetan political leader to the world youth leaders as his trusted representatives. His Holiness said he relies on these two persons particularly on political arena after his retirement from political responsibilities.
"I am retired from political responsibility. Since 2001, Pro Samdhong Rinpoche then took responsibility. So next 10 years my position was semi-retire position. Then in 2011, this person [Dr Lobsang Sangay] was elected," the spiritual leader of Tibet told the gathered world youth leaders. "I am now totally retired from the political responsibility," His Holiness added.
These "trusted friends, they know my thinking," he said. “Our work, continuously, should be more active [and internationally engaged], so in these two persons," he said, pointing to Dr Lobsang and Prof Samdhong Rinpoche, "I have full trust."
'The USIP's work should continue and should try to be more active. For more meetings like this, if your side or your government side concerns, I fully trusted these two persons, either one can participate as my representative or my personal emissary,' said the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
His Holiness’ message of compassion, humanity, forgiveness, tolerance and peace was delivered amid beaming smiles of 26 young representatives from conflict-torn countries from around the world. The participants discussed their peace initiatives and challenges, particularly threats to youth leaders posed by extremist religious groups.