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Congratulating Vice President Kamala Harris

January 23, 2021

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to Kamala Harris to offer his congratulations on her election as the Vice President of the United States of America. He wrote:

“I have no doubt that your commendable background in public service will enable you to make valuable contribution to the people of America.

“I am particularly pleased that you are the first woman in the history of your country to be holding this position. It is a tremendous source of inspiration not just to people in your country, but also to many others who look to the United States for leadership.

“Madam Vice President, I hold the firm conviction that women are more empathetic and sensitive to the feelings of others, qualities I first learned from my loving mother. There is also scientific evidence that when it comes to compassion, women are more sensitive to others’ pain. It is inspiring that there is a growing recognition of the importance and value of women’s leadership. I feel that if more of our leaders were women the world would be a more understanding and peaceful place.

“Since my childhood I have admired the United States of America, a nation that has been a beacon of hope for so many around the world in their wish for liberty, democracy, religious freedom and the rule of law.”

His Holiness ended his letter by telling the Vice President that he prays for her and for President Biden as they undertake the enormous task of fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of their great nation.