Dalai Lama saddened by demise of Congressman John Lewis, offers his prayers

DHARAMSALA,  20 July: The Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has expressed his sadness over the demise of Congressman John Lewis.

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Congressman John Lewis. He was not only a leader of the American civil rights movement; his principled commitment to non-violence and justice made him an inspiration and a moral beacon to the world at large,”  His Holiness has stated in a statement. 

The Dalai Lama has also expressed his admiration towards Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and stated that “Congressman Lewis not only knew Dr King but also gave him crucial support. Although I did not have the privilege of meeting Dr King myself, in meeting Congressman Lewis, I feel have made a direct connection with him.”

The Tibetan Nobel Laureate commended the Congressman’s “principled adherence to the fundamental democratic values of liberty, equality and justice.”

Because of which, the Tibetan Nobel Laureate said that “Congressman Lewis won admiration even among those who did not share his political outlook,” and that he “inspired many Americans to take up the cause of justice and peace through non-violence.”

“Although he is no more, his personal example remains to inspire Americans to make their country and the wider world a better place for everyone,” the Dalai Lama said and concluded by offering his prayers to the deceased.

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