Mexico City, Mexico, 11 October 2013 – Following a brief farewell meeting with key organizers of his visit to Atlanta, His Holiness the Dalai Lama drove to the airport to board a flight to Mexico City. He was met on arrival by Marco Antonio Karam, founder and president of Casa Tibet Mexico. A throng of smiling and happy well-wishers awaited him at his hotel.
“First of all, I want to thank all those people involved with inviting me here and arranging this visit. Wherever I go I make two points. The first is that every human being wants to live in peace without being disturbed and everyone has a right to a peaceful life. These days, people rely too much on material things, while the real source of happiness is within. From the moment we’re born we have a need for affection, and the care and affection our parents, our mothers in particular, show us has a lasting impact on our lives. This is why I have an interest in promoting human values. “
The first question was why His Holiness had come to Mexico.
“I was invited and it’s foolish to turn down a friendly invitation. In 1959 I escaped to India from Tibet and in the early 60s I visited Singapore and Japan, but it wasn’t until 1973 that I was able to travel to the West. And when I did I remember a journalist, Mark Tully of the BBC, asking me why I was going. I told him I consider myself a citizen of the world and I wanted to meet people. It’s the same today.”
As the meeting came to a close, His Holiness was escorted to the other side of the stage where a curtain was drawn back to reveal a wax model of the Dalai Lama. He laughed and posed beside it for photographers saying: “There’s one in London, another in Australia and now this one here.”
He bid the press goodbye, telling them that he was looking forward to the opportunity in the coming days to explain Shantideva’s famous book ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.’