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The Dalai Lama's letter to the President of the United States of America

Jointly Reported  by The Dhamma Times & The Dalail Lama's Office 13th September

Your Excellency,

I am deeply shocked by the terrorist attacks that took place involving four apparently hijacked aircraft 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 Center in New York City 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 it's people at our main temple today.

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 situation.

It may seem presumptuous on my part, but I personally believe we need to think
seriously whether a violent action is the right thing to do and in the greater
interest of the nation and 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 that you will make the
right decision.

With my prayers and good wishes
The Dalai Lama - Tenzin Gyatso
September 12, 2001
Dharamsala, India


Dalai Lama cautions against violent US reaction
Radio Australia, Spetember 13, 2001

Dharmsala -- Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has cautioned the United States against a violent reaction to the terrorist attacks in New York and on the Pentagon.

In a letter to President George W-Bush, the Dalai Lama expressed his condolences and solidarity with the American people. But, the Nobel peace prize winner also appealed for a calm and considered response to the attacks, which have unleashed a wave of anger and revulsion across the United States. The Dalai Lama warns that violence will only increase the cycle of violence


Updated: 13-9-2001

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