Dalai Lama unable to attend Mandela funeral, memorial

The Dalai Lama will have to forgo Nelson Mandela’s memorial, the AP reports, due to the simple fact that visiting is an impossibility: attempts to obtain a South African visa have proved fruitless and were ultimately abandoned. The two had met once before, in 1996.

About his “dear friend,” the Dalai Lama said: “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.” I pray for him and offer my heartfelt condolences to you, the members of your family and the entire people of South Africa.” The video above contains additional comments.

Previously: Melvin McLeod reflects on Mandela’s passing and on “Why great leaders are spiritual.”

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