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Joe Biden Invited to Meet Dalai Lama in New Open Letter

The nephew of Buddhism's highest official, the Dalai Lama, sends a an open letter invitating US President Joe Biden to meet His Holiness when he visits India.



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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama wears a traditional Himachali cap as he arrives at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala, India, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.

Dear President Joe Biden,

I am reaching out to you today to urge you to meet with the Dalai Lama when you visit India later this year. His Holiness has been a significant figure in the promotion of peace and nonviolence throughout the world, and I believe that a meeting between the two of you would be incredibly valuable.

As you know, the Tibetan people have faced significant struggles over the years, as their culture and traditions have been threatened by outside forces. The Dalai Lama has been a tireless advocate for the rights of the Tibetan people, and his leadership has been a beacon of hope for millions of people around the world.

By meeting with His Holiness, you would not only be showing your support for the cause of peace and nonviolence, but you would also be signaling to the Tibetan people that they are not forgotten. Your engagement and dialogue with the Dalai Lama could help pave the way for more constructive and productive conversations about the situation in Tibet.

I believe that your administration has a particular obligation to engage with the Dalai Lama and to support the Tibetan people. I urge you to make this meeting a priority, and to do everything in your power to ensure that it takes place as soon as possible.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.


Khedroob Thondup

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama

About the Author

Khedroob Thondup is the nephew of the Dalai Lama as the son of one of the older brothers of the Dalai Lama. Fluent in English, Khedroob Thondup is also an author and a former member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.

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