Dalai Lama applauds India's efforts on tackling coronavirus pandemic

He said that the ancient Indian tradition describes the creation, abiding and destruction of worlds over time.

Published: 30th March 2020 04:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th March 2020 04:13 PM   |  A+A-

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama (File photo| AP)


NEW DELHI: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has expressed admiration and gratitude for the steps taken by the Indian government to meet the challenges arising out of the coronavirus pandemic. "Today, we are passing through an exceptionally difficult time due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic," the Dalai Lama said in a message.

"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", he added.

"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," Dalai Lama said.

He added that the 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," he added.

"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," said Dalai Lama asking people to help those in distress.

The Dalai Lama also sought to ask people not to feel anxious and do what is possible. "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," he added in his message.

"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," the Dalai Lama said.

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