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THAILAND - PART TWO OF DALAL LAMA INTERVIEW AIRED (FEB. 19) PAC RIM INTELLIGENCE REPORT - (Suuhichai Yun) We will show you the second and final part of the interview with the Dalai Lama who arrived in Thailand two days ago to join six other Nobel laureates to pressure the Burmese Government to release the opposition leader there, Aung San Suu Kyi. The Dalai Lama left yesterday after a short 27-hour visit to Thailand. (Unidentified person) Your Holiness, do you think besides the Nobel laureates' effort, do you think what kinds of roles Burma's neighbors should play in helping Aung San Suu Kyi? (Dalai Lama) I don't know. That's up to you, the Thai, Thai Government, Thai people. You know better. (laughs) (Sutthichai Yun) Your Holiness, apart from Burma, what is your main concern around the world now? (Dalai Lama) Now, in Africa state, in Africa continent, really I think, the starvation, and also the problem of AIDS-that also I think is very serious. Then, of course, the former Yugoslavia, a civil war, really .... They showed many emotions, really, become out of control. Then some other .... Then it's the former members of the Soviet Union, member countries of the Soviet Union. That also is one concern for me. The totalitarian... the communist totalitarian system which has collapsed. One way, that's good. That is a most welcome thing. At the same time, as a result, the old system diminished, or collapsed. The new appropriate, or the sound, the new, sound system not yet developed. So there, between there, there is so much care for the situation there. So that also really is concern about me ... the concern for me. Then initially, as a Tibetan, as Dalai Lama, also there is a concern about my own country. (Unidentified person) One last question... Your Holiness, what is the next campaign you are going to launch? (Dalai Lama) I don't know. (laughs) At the moment, I don't know. (laughs) Generally, as a human being, you know, as a human being, I am always concerned about the problem of motivation. As a Buddhist, from... , and also, you see, sometimes, I introduced myself as a Buddhist psychologist. So, from the Buddhist psychologist, from that viewpoint, I consider the motivation is the most important factor. So every human action, whether it has become positive or negative, must depend on motivation. So therefore, they must take every care about the problem of motivation. For that is the Buddhist messagekaruna, compassion. It's the basic thing for sincere motivation. So with the realization, all (word indistinct) being, if not at least all human being, as brothers and sisters, as a member of one human family. With that, it's the sense of responsibility, the sense of concern for all others. It's the key thing. So the promotion of the human compassion and the sense of involvement, sense of global responsibility. Now that I feel the entire of our future very much depend on this motivation. So here the various different spiritual traditions have special responsibility, and particularly the various Buddhist, we have our special responsibility the Buddhist message, the message of love and compassion, and the message of Buddhism (word indistinct). Now these two things are very very relevant in modern time. And I think the future of humanity, I think, for that, these two Buddhist messages can be very important role. (Sutthichai Yun) The last question Your Holiness ... (Dalai Lama) So, so I'm quite sure, the Thai as the Buddhist brothers sisters, you can make great contribution in this respect. (Sutthichai Yun) Last question, Your Holiness. What is the future of Buddhism compared to human rights and dictatorship? (Dalai Lama) Of course, all religions have the potential to help humanity, to help world peace. And, meantime, particularly Buddha Dharma, since Buddha Dharma, is very much based on investigation, or reasons. So therefore, for certain scientific-minded people, the Buddhist message is more suitable. So therefore, the Buddha Dharma, I think, can be important role for future. And also here, because sometimes I feel, I notice, you see, through my own, some kind of investigation, that today about (words indistinct) of human beings. It seems we can divide three groups. One group, and that's a majority. They, in their daily life, hardly know religious faith. They may claim Buddhist, or may claim I'm Christian, I'm Muslim, but in actual day-by-day social life, I think very little religious influence or religious, how say, practice. That's the majority. Their main concern is money. Nothing else. Then one group, a small group, that I think deliberately against religion. That one extreme, what call, usually I call extreme atheist. Because I should..


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