His Holiness’s greeting message for the new year 2024

On the occasion of the new year, I would like to thank everyone who sent me good wishes, and I greet you all, brothers and sisters around the world.

Despite the many challenges we face today, I am confident that with a growing awareness of how interconnected we as humans are, we can all work to lead a more meaningful life and create a better world.

As humans we share the common desire to be happy and free from suffering. We are social beings who depend on others for survival. Therefore, as I often say, we should act for the good of others. If we cannot help them, at least we should make sure we are not harming them. I’ve found that helping others is the best way to find happiness and tranquility for ourselves.

I am also of the firm belief that we can only find peace in the world when we find peace within ourselves. Each human being has the potential to develop inner peace and thus contribute to peace in our global community.

We must try to practice compassion and inner peace. Regardless of our nationality or religion, we can contribute to the well-being and happiness of all mankind. If the last century was the century of violence, it is our responsibility to make this century the century of dialogue.

I greet you all once again. I hope the new year 2024 is off to a promising start for you all.

With prayers and good wishes,

Dalai Lama

(Posted by Panchen Losang Chogyen Vienna, Facebook, 1 January 2024)