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A Special Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama

My dear brothers and sisters,

I am writing these words in response to repeated requests from many people around the world. Today, we are passing through an exceptionally difficult time due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to this, further problems confront humanity such as extreme climate change. I would like to take this opportunity to express my admiration and gratitude to governments across the world, including the Government of India, for the steps they are taking to meet these challenges.

Ancient Indian tradition describes the creation, abiding and destruction of worlds over time. Among the causes of such destruction are armed conflict and disease, which seems to accord with what we are experiencing today. However, despite the enormous challenges we face, living beings, including humans, have shown a remarkable ability to survive.

No matter how difficult the situation may be, we should employ science and human ingenuity with determination and courage to overcome the problems that confront us. Faced with threats to our health and well-being, it is natural to feel anxiety and fear. Nevertheless, I take great solace in the following wise advice to examine the problems before us: If there is something to be done—do it, without any need to worry; if there’s nothing to be done, worrying about it further will not help.

Everyone at present is doing their best to contain the spread of the coronavirus. I applaud the concerted efforts of nations to limit the threat. In particular, I appreciate the initiative India has taken with other SAARC countries to set up an emergency fund and an electronic platform to exchange information, knowledge and expertise to tackle the spread of Covid-19. This will serve as a model for dealing with such crises in future as well.

I understand that as a result of the necessary lockdowns across the world, many people are facing tremendous hardship due to a loss of livelihood. For those with no stable income life is a daily struggle for survival. I earnestly appeal to all concerned to do everything possible to care for the vulnerable members of our communities.

I offer special gratitude to the medical staff—doctors, nurses and other support personnel—who are working on the frontline to save lives at great personal risk. Their service is indeed compassion in action.

With heartfelt feelings of concern for my brothers and sisters around the world who are passing through these difficult times, I pray for an early end to this pandemic so that your peace and happiness may soon be restored.

With my prayers,

Dalai Lama

Thekchen Choeling
Dharamsala, HP, India
March 30, 2020

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Comment by MARGARIDA MARIA MADRUGA on April 5, 2020 at 1:06pm

A very clever message.
Kindness generates kindness.

Comment by Carmen Elsa Irarragorri-Wyland on April 2, 2020 at 6:58pm

What a great message, what else could he say, he is so right about the fate of mankind, and we should all remember that we are only One, one unity in Soul and Spirit, and that we come and go, but return until the memory is recovered of our total Unity.

Comment by Nada Jung on April 2, 2020 at 2:41am

It is through situations like the one we face, compassion is seen. Let's live for each day, and send our gratitude for those who risk their lives to save others peace for those who lost their battle to this vicious virus, and hope for those still battling it.

Comment by Eva Libre on March 30, 2020 at 10:30pm

The Dalai Lama on today announced he will donate "essential supplies like food and medicine for the poor and needy members of the community” as India locks down to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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