Dear Members and Friends,
Many have asked whether His Holiness the Dahlai Lama has issued a
statement regarding the violence in New York and Washington yesterday.
What follows is a letter from His Holiness to President Bush. We send
our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the victims
of yesterday's tragic events. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tibet Justice Center (formerly Int'l Committee of Lawyers for Tibet)
September 12, 2001
I am deeply shocked by the terrorist attacks that took place involving
four apparently hijacked aircrafts and the immense devastation these
caused. It is a terrible tragedy that so many innocent lives have been
lost and it seems unbelievable that anyone would choose to target the
World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
We are deeply saddened. On behalf of the Tibetan people I would like
to convey our deepest condolence and solidarity with the American people
during this painful time. Our prayers go out to the many who have lost
their lives, those who have been injured and the many more who have
been traumatized by this senseless act of violence. I am attending a
special prayer for the United States and its people at our main temple
I am confident that the United States as a great and powerful nation
will be able to overcome this present tragedy. The American people have
shown their resilience, courage and determination when faced with such
difficult and sad situations.
It may seem presumptuous on my part, but I personally believe we need
to think seriously whether a violent reaction is the right thing to
do and in the greater interest of the nation and the people in the long
run. I believe violence will only increase the cycle of violence.
But how do we deal with hatred and anger which are often the root causes
of such senseless violence? This is a very difficult question, especially
when it concerns a nation and we have certain fixed conceptions of how
to deal with such attacks.
I am sure you will make the right decision.
With my prayers and good wishes,
The Dahlai Lama
His Excellency Mr. George W. Bush
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
Tibet Justice Center
formerly International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet
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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
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