Do you have an army? – Tutu

2011-10-08 18:07

“I have horns,” the Dalai Lama jokingly said yesterday via video-link to his longtime friend and fellow Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader was asked by Tutu to explain why China was so scared of him.

“Do you have an army?” Tutu asked.

He responded: “Yes, I have an army of passion and peace. Chinese officials describe me as a demon and naturally there is some fear of a demon.”

After this week’s visa debacle that infuriated Tutu, the Dalai Lama was forced to deliver the inaugural Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture through a video link.

Asked what his birthday wish for The Arch was, the Dalai Lama said: “Live long. I am looking forward to your 90th birthday and don’t forget to send me an invitation,” much to the delight of the 500 guests that attended the lecture at the University of the Western Cape yesterday. The theme of the lecture was “Peace and compassion as catalysts for change”.

A visibly moved Tutu, who turned 80 on Friday, sat with his hands on his cheeks most of the time as they interacted, laughing uncontrollably.

The Dalai Lama accused China’s rulers of creating a climate of fear, lies and censorship.

“In reality, for the communist totalitarian system and for many totalitarian systems, hypocrisy (and) telling lies has unfortunately become part of their lives,” he said.

“You (Tutu) and me are trying to make clear what is the reality.

The Chinese people should have the right to know reality. Censorship is immoral.”

Both Tutu and the Dalai Lama called for people around the world to love one another unconditionally and to
be moderate in whatever decisions they take.

Tutu called on the South African government to invest in its young people and to make sure children have water, food and good life. He added that poverty can be history if all sectors of society worked together.

“I have a lot of faith in young people and I am constantly moved when I meet young people. I believe we (adults) are letting children down,” he said.

“When you are compassionate and moderate, your blood pressure is low compared with (that of) a person who is angry.

Tutu said women were the cornerstones and strength of every home, country and the world.

“Let women take over the world. War stopped in Libya because women of all faiths decided to pray that the devil should go back to hell and that enough is enough.

“Women are meant to be life-givers. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world,” said Tutu to a loud applause from the audience.

When concluding the lecture, the Dalai Lama said: “We should create more friendly atmospheres. The future of our humanity depends on our generation.

“We have opportunities to create a happy future. Suspicion and jealousy creates bad emotions.”

Like good old friends, Tutu ended by telling the Dalai Lama that he was attractive, playful and fun.

– West Cape News 

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