The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate told The Telegraph that he had received reports from inside Tibet warning about some Chinese agents training Tibetan women for a mission to poison him.
“We received some sort of information from Tibet,” he said. “Some Chinese agents training some Tibetans, especially women, you see, using poison – the hair poisoned, and the scarf poisoned – they were supposed to seek blessing from me, and my hand touch.”
The 76-year-old Dalai Lama said he now lives in a high security cordon in his temple palace grounds in Dharamsala, in the Himalayan foothills, on the advice of Indian security officials, according to Guardian.
His aides had not been able to confirm the reports, but had recommended his need for high security. Despite being one of the world’s most venerable spiritual leaders he has enemies in China and among some Buddhist sects.
The Dalai Lama fled Tibet along many of his supporters and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959, tells IBN Live.
India is currently home to around 100,000 Tibetans. However, the Tibetan government-in-exile, based here, is not recognised by any country.
Dalai Lama also said that suspicion of Chinese interference in finding his reincarnation following his death meant he may be the last Dalai Lama and that Tibetans could decided to abandon the institution.
He added that a number of young Buddhist monks, including the Karmapa Lama, could emerge as the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism.
The relationship between China and the Tibetan government-in-exile in India remains poor and mutual suspicion is high following more than 30 self-immolations in the last year by Tibetans in protest against Chinese moves to marginalise their language and culture.
Dalai Lama expressed belief that China would change its hardline stance within his lifetime and adopt democratic reforms to safeguard Tibet’s economic growth. During the interview, he also confessed about his struggle to control his temper.
He said: “Advisers, secretaries, other people around me, when they make some little, little mistake, then sometimes I burst. Oh yes! Anger and shout! Oh! And some harsh words. But that remains a few minutes, then finished.”
Although he sometimes regrets such behaviour, he believes it is occasionally good for “correction.” Dalai Lama also said Chinese leaders should use Buddhist logic to overcome their suspicion and anger.
The Dalai Lama is to appear in Britain on Sunday to receive nearly a $2 million Templeton Prize for his support of science as a vital element of religious life. The ceremony will take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral.