The Dalai Lama appealed to China yesterday to enter into "meaningful dialogue" over the crisis in Tibet, and asserted he did not want to undermine the Beijing Olympics and was not seeking independence.
In an open letter to his "Chinese brothers and sisters," the exiled spiritual leader said he was a "simple monk" trying to preserve "the Tibetan people's distinctive culture, language and identity."
"Even at this juncture I have expressed my willingness to the Chinese authorities to work together to bring about peace and stability," he wrote.
"I have appealed to the leadership of the PRC (People's Republic of China) to clearly understand my position and work to resolve these problems. I urge the Chinese leadership to exercise wisdom and to initiate a meaningful dialogue with the Tibetan people."
"I also appeal to them to make sincere efforts to contribute to the stability and harmony of the PRC and avoid creating rifts between the nationalities," the message said.
The Dalai Lama, who is currently in the Indian capital conducting Buddhist meditation workshops, also said he was "deeply saddened by the loss of life in the recent tragic events in Tibet."