The Dalai Lama has called for a “coordinated, global response” to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
“In this time of serious crisis, we face threats to our health and sadness for the family and friends we have lost. Economic disruption is posing a major challenge to governments and undermining the ability of so many people to make a living,” the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said in a statement today.
The Dalai Lama also urged people to focus on “what unites us as members of one human family.”
“Accordingly, we need to reach out to each other with compassion. As human beings, we are all the same. We experience the same fears, the same hopes, the same uncertainties, yet we are also united by a desire for happiness. Our human capacity to reason and to see things realistically gives us the ability to transform hardship into opportunity,” he said.
The Dalai Lama went on to say that the pandemic “and its consequences serve as a warning” and that “only by coming together in a coordinated, global response, will we meet the unprecedented magnitude of the challenges we face.”
On February 12 the Dalai Lama cancelled all his public engagements “until further notice” after his personal physician and others advised him to due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a statement from the Dalai Lama’s office in Dharamsala, and from his personal secretary.
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