I'd ever, ever disagree with the Dalai Lama. But I am.
In my own experience, the period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life. ...Through a difficult period, you can learn, you can develop inner strength, determination, and courage to face the problem. Who gives you this chance? Your enemy.
I see where he's coming from, having to deal with the Chinese authorities. However.
I agree with him up to the last sentence. There, I substitute friend for enemy.
(Just looking at the home page of the web site makes me smile.)