I've empathized with Tibetan suffering since China's invasion in 1949. I was privileged to have an audience in Dharamsala, India, in 1972.I was impressed. Now I'm disturbed that in the last 46 years the plight of the Tibetans has only worsened. The Dalai Lama is headed in the wrong direction. He should be going to Tibet not Stanford. California is pleasanter, free-er, richer, friendlier and has more movie stars and CEOs and an admiring media in contrast to Tibet, which he hasn't visited for 46 years. The Dalai Lama is worshipped in Tibet, admired in California, and hated in China. As China's holocaust continues in Tibet, the Tibetans need the Dalai Lama desperately. We don't. His teachings are available and distributed in over 83 (many best sellers) separate publications, most of them copyrighted in his own name. You can get them through every local library in the Bay Area, to say nothing of his innumerable visits to the U.S., Europe, and California. Without China's permission The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959,successfully thanks to his armed escort of Khampa Tibetan freedom fighters. He can return without Chinese approval if he still refuses to agree Tibet is part of China. None of the Dalai Lama's entourage (5 limousines ,motorcycle police and 4 0r 5 police cars the last time he was in San Francisco 2 years ago) dare advise him to go home to Tibet. He might be tortured, imprisoned, even murdered. Just like his Tibetans who have suffered such treatment for 51 years since he became their leader (173,000 murdered in jail of the 1.1 million deaths from the Chinese occupation) But his advisors don't hear his own message. He writes and tells us suffering is good for us. It helps us develop compassion on the way to Nirvana. He teaches tolerance and patience, two stepping stones to enlightenment ,are impossible without suffering from our enemies. The Dalai Lama says Mahatma Gandhi is his model for effecting political change without violence. He also admires Martin Luther King and Madam Kyi (Union of Burma) for the same reason. He overlooks the fact that Gandhi and everyone else who led their people to freedom faced the same dangers ,the threats, the violence, the jails as their followers. Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Zoroaster preaching their messages of love, alms-giving or goodness from somewhere else in exile? Thanks to the sufferings of the Tibetans in Tibet, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with over 129 honorary degrees and important special honors, and is a international media idol. At last report the Dalai Lama tells recent escapees from Tibet (who suffer from the Himalayas, Chinese and Nepalese police, freezing temperatures and no food) they should return to Tibet--they can do more good there, he says. He should take his own advice. He indicated he would return when he left (resulting in 87000 Tibetan deaths) and several times since--the last time in a speech in 1996. The Dalai Lama admitted in 2004 "negotiation has failed". For 46 years his only proposal has been to negotiate with China but for all these years "China has refused to negotiate or even meet at any meaningful level". In 1994 the Dalai Lama wrote "I realized it would be impossible to negotiate with people who behave in this crude and criminal fashion." For 46 years the Dalai Lama's leadership has done nothing for the Tibetans in Tibet In fact his peace proposals, calls for negotiation, and small Public relations victories around the world have acerbated the genocide in Tibet like the present "Strike Hard" campaign there The Dalai Lama is not without non violent weapons for freedom if he had the courage to use them. His return to Tibet calling for freedom could galvanize world support far beyond the movie stars, politicians, and rich elite friends he has garnered. China would respond to anything affecting their important interest--like a call for a boycott of China made goods, a boycott of the 2008 Olympics or global companies doing business and investments in China, a plea not to travel in China, for example. From my experience in Tibet and China as an attorney, an author, and cyclist (across both China and Tibet) China will negotiate if they believe such threats are credible. And they are. Alan Nichols, Alliance Against China's Genocide