His Holiness The Dalai Lama 

Asks Tibetans To Resist Westernization  

Dalai Lama Asks Tibetans To Resist Westernization

DHARMSALA, Nov 15 (AP)--The Dalai Lama deplored the decline in traditional values among Tibetans in exile, and urged Tibetan youth Monday to preserve their culture and resist the lure of emigrating to the U.S.

"Inside people are Tibetan but outside the way they act and dress is very Western," he said. "They try to show off that they are Western. There is no balance between the two, and we get confused and lose our identity."

In a criticism of the recent trend of Tibetan exiles seeking to immigrate to the U.S., the Dalai Lama said, "You should not always think of dollars. This is not real happiness."

The Tibetan religious and political leader spoke at the inauguration of PeaceJam, a conference organized to encourage youth to work for peace. The Dalai Lama also answered questions from students.

"In Tibet the Chinese have done so much exploitation so that the youth live life without meaning," the Dalai Lama said, speaking in Tibetan.

"In exile, it is the same," he said. "Although the youth have education, they haven't been able to attain the basic values."

The PeaceJam Foundation is a U.S.-based organization that sponsors conferences where young people exchange their ideas on world peace with Nobel peace laureates.

According to the organizers of the event, Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff, this was the first time that the Dalai Lama has participated in a public question-and-answer session.

World Tibet News 

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