Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India – In a congratulatory letter to the President-elect of Mongolia, Mr. Khaltmaa Battulga, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his encouragement at the interest and enthusiasm that the people of Mongolia showed towards Buddhism, no longer relying only on blind faith but as 21st century Buddhists founding their faith on understanding. He recalled the unique and close relations the Mongolian and the Tibetan peoples shared since the time of the Third Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso.
His Holiness pointed out that as he mentioned several times during his visits to Mongolia, Buddhism historically shaped the identity, culture and spiritual life of the Mongolian people. With their emphasis on such fundamental human values as compassion and non-violence, the Buddha's teachings have a great potential to guide and benefit humanity without contradicting an individual’s personal beliefs. His Holiness expressed his full trust that the President-elect and his government would continue to preserve and uphold these values.
In concluding, His Holiness wished the President-elect every success in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the Mongolian people.