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What the Dalai Lama says to a girl who had to leave her country

More than 65  million people are worldwide on the move, creating the highest level of refugee children since World War II. There are hardly any words to describe the fate and lives of those children.

The Dalai Lama visited a school in Hanover/Germany. A girl told him that she had to leave her home country and currently lives in Germany, where she doesn’t feel at home.

The Dalai Lama answered:

I am also a refugee. I had to leave my country in 1959. I left Lhasa on the 17th of March at 10 p.m. and I didn’t know if I would ever return. Since then I haven’t been back to Tibet. When I feel sad about this situation I remember a Tibetan proverb:

Your home is, wherever you are happy.
Your parents are, whoever loves you.

I am a citizen of the world. I feel at home, where people give me a smile.

I had the privilege to accompany the Dalai Lama in his dialogues with children and young adults. The result is my book “How we can create a better world – dialogues with the Dalai Lama”, which is currently available in German, French and Korean and will be translated into other languages.

September 10, 2016
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