Despite being one of the world's most widely revered spiritual leaders he has enemies in China and among some Buddhist sects.
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 marginalize their language and culture.
The Dalai Lama said suspicion of Chinese interference in the search for his reincarnation after his death meant he could be the last Dalai Lama. A number of young Buddhist monks, including the Karmapa Lama, could emerge as the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, he told the paper.
He added that he believed China would change its hardline stance within his lifetime and adopt democratic reforms to safeguard Tibet's economic growth.
He said the Chinese should use Buddhist logic to overcome their anger, but admitted he sometimes struggled to control his own 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 regretted such behavior, he believed it was occasionally good for "correction", he said.
Intellpuke: You can read this article by Guardian reporter Damien Pearse in context here; www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/12/dalai-lama-chinese-poison-plot