I was sad when he abandoned the Tibetan claim for independence. It's still an offence, punishable by up to 15 years in prison to display the Tibetan National Flag in Tibet. Well, this is not much - but to those in that 'club' the Chinese laughably call their Government, if you're reading this - here it is. I hope it chokes you: I have one at home as a reminder of the time I spent there in the early '90s. The 'retirement' is of course a political one, not a spiritual one, that's not possible, may that continue for many years to come.