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Dalai Lama says 'institution of Dalai Lama' no more politically relevant

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Tibetan today said the "institution of Dalai Lama" is no longer politically relevant and it was up to the people of to decide whether the age-old tradition should continue or not.

He said the was more concerned about this institution than him for political reasons.

is a title given to spiritual leaders of Tibetan people. This title is given to those who are considered among the most important monks of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan

Addressing an event at the of Management, the 14th said, "As early as in 1969, I had formally made a statement whether this very institution of Dalai Lama should continue or not, it is up to the Tibetan people to decide."

Replying to students' queries after an hour-long address, he said, "I have no concerns. Nowadays, is more concerned about the Dalai Lama institution than me. The is concerned because of political reasons,"

During the 1959 Tibetan uprising, the Dalai Lama had fled to

He said in 2001, the elected political leadership was appointed (by the people in exile) and for the next 10 years he remained in semi-retired position.

"Then in 2011, I totally retired from the political responsibility. Now, the elected political leadership carries the full responsibility, I don't get involved in their decision," he said.

"Now, no longer Dalai Lama institution is politically relevant," the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner said.

About the future Dalai Lama, he said all leaders of different Buddhist traditions hold a meeting in every year in November.

"This November, we are meeting again. In the previous meetings, they had decided that when my age reaches around 90 years, then the group of leaders will decide about the future Dalai Lama," the 83-year-old said.

When asked about his own selection to the chair, Lama recalled, "According to my mother, the very day when the set by the reached my place... That very day our family was completely ignorant."

"But that very day, I was a 2-3 year old boy... I was so much excited. I myself don't know why... The got some indications that day. When they reached our house, I ran towards them and recognised each persons' name," he said.

"At that time I had some sort of some memory about past life," the Dalai Lama said.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 15:30 IST