DHARAMSHALA, August 13: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, currently in Mumbai, has cancelled his impending visit to Botswana due to exhaustion, a statement posted on the Tibetan leader's official website said.
His Holiness has written to both His Excellency Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana and Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu, President of Mind & Life Institute today, expressing profound regret. During the past few weeks, His Holiness has found that carrying out his activities has left him unusually tired. "Although he had been eagerly looking forward to visiting Gaborone from August 15 to 20 and participating in the Mind & Life Conference and other engagements, His Holiness has reluctantly had to concede that his 82-year old body was telling him to rest. Since his physicians have also advised him to avoid undertaking long journeys for the next few weeks, His Holiness will return to Dharamsala to recuperate," the statement said.
In his letter to President Khama His Holiness expressed deep admiration, respect and gratitude to him and the Government of Botswana for their unwavering principled stand to welcome him to their country, despite overwhelming pressure not to do so.
In his letter to Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu he wrote, "I was very much looking forward to visiting Botswana and participating in the Mind & Life Conference centered on discussions of Ubuntu, which is very similar to my fundamental belief that we are all interdependent and therefore need to conduct ourselves with a sense of universal responsibility. Despite my absence, I urge all of you to continue with the conference, to hold valuable discussions and publish the results. Many of you are familiar with how I think and can share those ideas with others during the proceedings."
The Tibetan leader expressed happiness and joy to know that the conference will take place as scheduled.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will deliver the inaugural address at the launch of the Tata Institute of Social Science's course on Secular Ethics in Mumbai on August 14, 2017. Watch live here.