Former US President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama on Friday in India, where they discussed “compassion and altruism,” CNN writes. The meeting in New Delhi was the sixth between the two Nobel Peace Prize laureates, and the first since Obama left office in January.
According to the Dalai Lama, his reunion with Obama was “very good, meeting between two old trusted friends,” the India-based Central Tibetan Administration stated.
“It’s a reunion of two old, I think trusted friends. Since my physical condition won’t permit me to fly to America so I felt the I should visit him now and pay my tribute. I mentioned to him that now time has come for us to promote the sense of oneness among seven billion human beings. It is sad to see there are so much differences among people,” the Dalai Lama said after the meeting, Yahoo News informs.
Kasur Tempa Tsering, a representative from the Dalai Lama’s office, told the administration’s Department of Information and International Relations that the 45-minute meeting included a discussion about “promoting peace in today’s world torn by strife and violence.”
“To Obama, His Holiness said, ‘You are not only a former US president but you are a Nobel laureate, you are young and you can do a lot. We should fulfill our aspiration for world peace. Maybe my generation will not see the results, but your generation will definitely see the results,’ ” Kasur Tempa Tsering said, according to the report, CNN adds.
The Dalai Lama officially retired in 2011 from his political role as the leader of the exiled Tibetan government but remains the head of Tibetan Buddhists and is scorned by the Chinese government.
According to the Central Tibetan Administration, Obama hosted the Dalai Lama four times in the White House: February 18, 2010, July 16, 2011, February 21, 2014, and June 15, 2016, and the two first met in 2005, when Obama was a member of the Senate.