Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote a letter today to Mrs. Narges Mohammadi to congratulate her on being awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her courageous campaign for human rights, freedom, and equality.
“Today, the values of democracy, transparency, respect for human rights, and equality are increasingly recognized on every side as universal values, which can only benefit us all,” he wrote. “I have met and held discussions with previous Nobel Laureates, including your sometime colleague, Mrs. Shirin Ebadi. I admire their efforts to overcome discrimination against women and improve society in a peaceful way. I believe that the award of this Nobel Peace Prize is also in recognition of the vital role women play in the lives of us all from the very day we are born.
“There is a growing desire for change in the world, change that will see conflicts resolved peaceably, through dialogue and non-violence. The foundation of such change will be kindness, compassion and human responsibility. I believe that this goal can be achieved through education based on a deeper appreciation of the oneness of humanity. Because we are so interconnected, this is a question of the well-being of us all.”
His Holiness ended his letter offering his prayers and good wishes.