10 Questions for The Dalai Lama

When China invaded Tibet in 1950, it promised to bring modernity to the isolated feudal kingdom. Instead, it brought a reign of religious and cultural repression that drove into exile the Tibetan government, including its supreme religious and political leader, the Dalai Lama. At his cottage in McLeod Ganj, India, the Dalai Lama, 69, spoke with TIME's Alex Perry.

HOW IS THE SITUATION IN TIBET?

Despite some economic improvement and development, the threats to our cultural heritage, religious freedom and environment are serious. In the countryside, facilities in education and health are very, very poor. It's like the big gap in...