Along with other peoples, the Tibetan people
have a rich and unique
cultural heritage. I feel that we have much to offer the world - the
concept of compassion, of harmony with the environment, and non-violence.
World Tibet Day has helped greatly in deepening public appreciation for
the richness of Tibetan culture and thought. I truly believe it would be a
tragedy for humanity if the Tibetan culture was lost.
World Tibet Day has opened many hearts
to the fundamental rights of the
Tibetan people to preserve our culture and to practice our religion freely
- and it has clearly raised public awareness about the present threat to
the very existence of the Tibetan people. I am encouraged by the public
support this event has built for the Tibetan cause.
With my prayers and best wishes.
(His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama)