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The Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky Tibetan Association attended the Tuesday morning ceremony where they presented Pureval, who is of Tibetan and Indian heritage, with the letter from the Nobel Prize-winning Buddhist leader.
In it, the Dalai Lama wrote: "In all my interactions with Tibetans I have been encouraged to see that, despite living in new circumstances by and large they and their children are able to maintain their sense of identity while contributing to the development of their adopted country."
The Dalai Lama offered this hope to Pureval, who is Cincinnati's first Asian American mayor, and others of Tibetan heritage as they seek office.
"While being dedicated in their service for the benefit of others, I hope that they will be able to show an especially warm-hearted concern for the less fortunate members in their constituencies."
The letter is signed and dated Dec. 7.
Pureval said he was thrilled by the letter – and invited the Dalai Lama to visit Cincinnati.
As a Tibetan-American, it is a special honor to be recognized by His Holiness. I am inspired by the @DalaiLama’s words on our shared concern for our most vulnerable neighbors, and it would be my honor to introduce His Holiness to the Queen City.https://t.co/UhuU1jiaWz
— Aftab Pureval (@AftabPureval) January 4, 2022
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: What the Dalai Lama said about new Cincinnati mayor Aftab Pureval