October 17, 2020
Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – Immediately on receiving news of her party’s resounding victory in the New Zealand general election, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to offer her his congratulations.
“I admire the courage, wisdom and leadership you have shown in these challenging times,” he wrote. “I particularly applaud the way you have responded with calm, compassion and respect for others in the face of tragedy.
“During my several visits to your beautiful country over the years I have been deeply touched by the openness and warmth of people from all walks of life. I have been encouraged by the enthusiasm and interest they have shown in my efforts to promote a sense of oneness of humanity and the need for inter-religious harmony.
His Holiness concluded by wishing Ms Ardern every success in meeting whatever challenges may lie ahead in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of New Zealand.