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Dharamshala: - Describing Tibetan culture and religion as the world's treasure, His Holiness the Dalai Lama today said that Tibetans must strive to keep their culture and religion alive to sustain support from the international community on the issue of Tibet.

2014-03-11-Gangkyi-G09Dharamshala: - Describing Tibetan culture and religion as the world's treasure, His Holiness the Dalai Lama today said that Tibetans must strive to keep their culture and religion alive to sustain support from the international community on the issue of Tibet,  the official website of Central Tibetan Administration 'Tibet Net' reported.

"As Tibetans, we must preserve our unique identity, culture and religion. If we can preserve our unique culture and identity, the international support to the Tibetan cause will sustain," His Holiness the Dalai Lama said in his address to the members of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile after inaugurating the new Parliament building.

His Holiness underlined that Tibetan language is one of the strongest unifying forces of the Tibetan people. Moreover, the Tibetan language is the only language in which Buddhism originated from India's Nalanda school is preserved, he said, adding that the Tibetan language and culture have become an invaluable treasure for the world. The best way for Tibetans to preserve and make vibrant their culture and religion is through study.

His Holiness said, following his devolution of political authority, he focused his efforts on promotion of universal responsibility and religious harmony in the world.

As a Tibetan, His Holiness said he continues to make firm efforts to keep alive the Tibetan culture, religion and identity as a distinct people. These in turn helps the Tibetan cause, he added.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama further said his long-term aspiration and vision to democratise the Tibetan community was fulfilled with the devolution of his political authority to the democratically-elected leadership in 2011. He said the Central Tibetan Administration is now not reliant on one person any more.

He said the Tibet issue has to be resolved through a realistic and mutually-beneficial approach with the Chinese. Therefore, Tibetan must follow a realistic and reasonable approach to get the continued support of the international community.

The sustenance of the Tibet issue till now is due to the collective efforts of the elder generation, His Holiness said. "We pay tribute to the efforts and contribution of the former Tibetan parliamentarians and members of the Kashag."

He also spoke about the importance of youth's responsibility in the Tibetan freedom movement. "The younger generation of Tibetan people are very actively involved in the cause of Tibet. It is time for the younger generation to take over the responsibility from the elder generation," he said.

His Holiness also talked about the need for ethics and religious harmony in the world. He said, India is a a perfect example of a harmonious country due to its multi-religious demographic which co-exist peacefully with each other.

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