Buddhists and critics of President-elect Donald Trump: take solace. The Dalai Lama, speaking from Mongolia, noted that he is not worried about Trump's presidency.
“I feel during the election, the candidate has more freedom to express,” the Dalai Lama said, notes The Associated Press. “Now once they (are) elected, having the responsibility, then they have to carry their cooperation, their work, according (to) reality. So I have no worries.”
The 14th Dalai Lama, who is the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, rose to his position in 1950. Since 1959, he has lived in exile, as the Chinese government considers him a Tibetan Separatist and a threat to national security.
“We hope the international community can further see clearly the anti-China, separatist essence of the Dalai Lama, and appropriately and cautiously handle Tibet-related issues,” said Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
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The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 “for his consistent resistance to the use of violence in his people's struggle to regain their liberty,” the Nobel committee chairman said at the time.
“His holiness has always put great hope in the US as a champion of democracy,” said Tenzin Dhardon Sharling, a spokeswoman for the Dalai Lama, reports Al Jazeera. “He hopes for continued support from the new president and his government."
According to CNN, in a September interview with “Good Morning Britain,” the Dalai Lama mocked Trump.
“I don’t know, sometimes he’s sort of... the way his hair --- something like that,” he said, placing his hand on his forehead to mimic the president-elect’s hair. “And his mouth -- small,” he continued, making a point with the edge of his fingers. “That’s my impression.”