January 8, 2020
Bodhgaya, Bihar, India – In a letter to the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his sympathy and deep sadness about the bush fires that have recently caused such devastating damage.
“It is simply heart-wrenching to see reports of these ferocious infernos,” His Holiness wrote, “while the personal bravery of so many volunteers who have come together as firefighters is an inspiration.
“I offer my condolences to the families of those who have died and to the many people who have lost their homes in these fires.
“It is also becoming increasingly clear that a great number of birds and animals have died in the fires—this is also very distressing.
“I would like to commend your government and the respective state governments for the measures they have taken to provide victims with necessary support and assistance.
“I am heartened by the generous solidarity being shown by the global community for those who have been affected. Disasters like this remind us that humanity is one community. Even on an individual level, each and every one of us must take steps to counter global warming.
“As you may know,” His Holiness concluded, “I have been able to visit Australia quite regularly over the years and have been deeply touched by the friendship and affection Australians have shown me, as well as the interest they have taken in my efforts to promote human values and peace of mind.”