The Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, said Friday that he hopes to visit Taiwan in 2009; his first visit in seven years.
The Dalai Lama spoke to Elta TV in the northern Indian city of Dharamsala. “I haven’t visited Taiwan for several years, but I have never forgotten Taiwan.”
The Dalai Lama praised Taiwan’s democracy in the televised interview.
The exiled Tibetan spiritual and temporal leader also told AFP reporters that sex was a fleeting satisfaction and chastity offered a more satisfying life and “more freedom.”
“Sexual pressure, sexual desire, actually I think is short period satisfaction and often, that leads to more complication,” the Dalai Lama told reporters in a Lagos hotel.
Sexual life offered “too much ups and downs…naturally as a human being … some kind of desire for sex comes, but then you use human intelligence to make comprehension that those couples always full of trouble. And in some cases there is suicide, murder cases,” the Dalai Lama revealed to reporters.
According to the AFP news service, the Lama said the “consolation” in celibacy is that although “we miss something, but at the same time, compare whole life, it’s better, more independence, more freedom.”
“Too much attachment towards your children, towards your partner,” was “one of the obstacle or hindrance of peace of mind,” the 73-year-old Nobel Peace laureate reportedly said.
The Dalai Lama is scheduled to go to the Czech Republic and then on to Brussels to address the European Parliament before heading to Poland to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.