The Dalai Lama, issued on the commemoration of the fist anniversary of September 11, 2001. In his message to the mayor of New York, the Dalai Lama expressed “deep sense of sorrow” and offered prayers for those who died in the tragic attacks. The Tibetan leader said: “I would like to offer my sympathy and condolences to the bereaved, who this year will be remembering the members of the their families and friends they lost that day. The 11th September 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were deeply shocking and very sad. I regard such terrible destructive actions as acts of hatred, for violence is the result of destructive emotions. Events of this kind make clear that if we allow our human intelligence to be guided and controlled by negative emotions like hatred, the consequences are disastrous.
“Because of what happened a year ago was the result of hatred, it is all the more important that we recognize now that compassion and love are fundamental to relations between human beings, that the basic foundations of humanity is compassion and love . Peace is not something that exists independently of us; peace in the world depends on peace in the hearts of individuals, “ the Dalai Lama added.