The Dalai Lama’s letter of Congratulations to President Barack Obama.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Nov 8, 2012
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The Dalai Lama’s letter of Congratulations to Barack Obama on his Reelection as President.

“Please accept my congratulations on your re-election to the presidency of the United States.

“When you were elected in 2008, you inspired the world with a call to take responsibility for the problems we face as global citizens. Since then, you have made earnest efforts to live up to that great hope and trust placed in you by the American public. I believe you have been re-elected now in recognition of that effort.

“When you first took office, I remember writing to you that the world places great hope in the democratic vision and leadership of the United States and that I hoped you would be able to shape a more peaceful world, bearing in mind the poverty, injustice and deprivation suffered by billions of people. The need to address these issues remains pressing today.

“As you know, it is over a year since I handed over all my political authority to the elected Tibetan leadership, but as just one among the six million Tibetans I want to thank you for your steady encouragement of our efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the problems in Tibet. I am appreciative of your support for our Middle Way Approach, which I continue to believe is the best way for us to ensure a solution that is beneficial for both Tibetans and Chinese. Given the recently deteriorating situation in Tibet, of which the tragic series of self-immolations is a stark symptom, I hope your Administration will be able to take further steps to encourage a mutually acceptable solution.

“I am presently on a visit to Japan, and am pleased to send my prayers and good wishes for every success in your second term.”


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to “The Dalai Lama’s letter of Congratulations to President Barack Obama.”

  1. Trista says:

    I wish he would have said something about the drones. 🙁

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  3. nunh says:

    I think the Dalai Lamas is a genius and true humanitarian. Regardless of what I think of Obama.

  4. Gabriela says:

    The middle way…what a Buddhist thimg to say…

  5. Linda V. Lewis says:

    Thank you for posting this. It doesn't make it into Canadian papers! it is quite wonderful how he reminds us of being global citizens. I know President Obama is swamped with many national and international concerns, but it would be wonderful if he could facilitate communication between the Chinese and the Tibetans. It is a new government in China, so perhaps the stranglehold China has had on the Tibetan people can let up and more religious, cultural, and political freedoms can be allowed there. It is time for the West to stop being seduced by trade with China, thereby overlooking Tibtan human rights concerns.

  6. Hilary says:

    I wish we could do more to help Tibet free itself of the atrocities that have been inflicted upon it by China.

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