Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – On learning this morning that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to her son, His Majesty King Charles III, to express his deep sadness and to offer heartfelt condolences to His Majesty, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.
“I remember seeing photographs of her coronation in magazines when I was young in Tibet,” His Holiness wrote. “Her reign, as Britain’s longest serving monarch, represented celebration, inspiration and a reassuring sense of continuity for so many people alive today.
“Your mother lived a meaningful life with dignity, grace, a strong sense of service and a warm heart, qualities we all should treasure.”
His Holiness’s letter concluded with his offering his prayers and good wishes.
Carved into the cliffs above the Dachuan River, the Mogao Caves south-east of the Dunhuang oasis, Gansu Province, comprise the largest, most richly endowed, and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art in the world.