The world sighed after America’s close brush with being a dictatorship. As is tradition, world leaders welcomed President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. Given that Harris is the daughter of a South Asian mother, the Dalai Lama, also known as Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala’s message was especially sweet.
The Dalai Lama urged the newly-elected officials to address peace, poverty, and injustice on the Dalai Lama’s news page:
‘I’d like to offer my hearty congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as the next President of the United States of America. Humanity places great hope in the democratic vision of the U.S. as leader of the free world.’
His Holiness then asked the newly-elected officials to address peace, poverty, and injustice:
‘As you may be aware. I have long been an admirer of the U.S. as the anchor of liberty, democracy, religious freedom and the rule of law. Humanity places great hope in the democratic vision and leadership of the U.S. as leader of the free world. Particularly in these challenging times, I hope you will be able to contribute to shaping a more peaceful world in which people suffering poverty and injustice find relief. The need to address these issues, as well as climate change, is indeed pressing.
After that, the Dalai Lama said he was pleased Biden chose a woman as his vice president:
‘May I also commend you for your choice of a woman, Kamala Harris, to be your Vice President.
He continued, speaking about “matters relating to the cause of Tibet:”
‘Following my devolution of political authority over matters relating to the cause of Tibet to the elected Tibetan leadership in exile, I have been committed to promoting human values, religious harmony and the principles of non-violence and compassion, which I believe are very much needed in today’s world.
Biden has long known the Dalai Lama through his decades in the Senate. He also acknowledged the “American people (‘s)” support of the Tibetan people:
‘I would like to thank you for your support for the Tibetan people, during your time in Congress and the previous administration, as well as for your statement in September this year. It has been the Tibetan people’s good fortune to have received the friendship and encouragement of the American people and their respective Presidents in our endeavor to protect and preserve our ancient Buddhist culture — a culture of peace, non-violence and compassion — that has great potential to benefit humanity as a whole. On their behalf, I take this opportunity to express my gratitude once again.
Then, His Holiness wished the new president and vice president “every success:”
‘I wish you every success in meeting the challenges that lie ahead in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of the United States and in contributing to a more peaceful and harmonious world.’
Twitter world went nuts over this amazing message to America and our newly-elected officials. Take a look at our favorites below:
Om mani padme hum
May the darkness disappear pic.twitter.com/qjH9B2r2I5
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