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“In his death the world has lost a great leader, whose steadfast and unflinching determination played a key role in securing peace and reconciliation during South Africa’s transition from apartheid rule. Under his leadership South Africa was transformed through peaceful means, in the spirit of reconciliation,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote in a letter to the family of Nelson Mandela, expressing his deep sadness on learning of Mandela’s death.
“He was a man of courage, principle and unquestionable integrity, a great human being, someone of whom we can truly say, ‘He lived a meaningful life,’” said His Holiness, who held Mandela as a dear friend.
“Peace is a state of joy and its method [for accomplishment] is harmony,” Maitripa College president Yangsi Rinpoche said as he reflected on the life of Nelson Mandela during a teaching on the day of Mandela’s passing away. Rinpoche called Mandela a “living example of peace and harmony,” saying it was a great loss and that we need to make prayers for more beings like Mandela to live among us, exemplifying peace and harmony.
Yangsi Rinpoche also referred to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s call for unity and harmony, made at the end of His Holiness’ visit to Portland in May. He advised that as citizens of the world, we begin creating peace by first creating harmony in ourselves and in our relationships and then in our communities. Being harmonious is a skill, Rinpoche suggested, one of “deescalation” that needs to be practiced with awareness and that becomes grounding and enriches our wisdom and compassion.
Mandala expresses our sadness at the loss of world leader known for promoting peace, harmony and reconciliation.
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