Dec. 6 - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama says the spirit of Nelson Mandela must be continued. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, an admirer of South Africa's anti-apartheid hero and former president Nelson Mandela, on Friday (December 06) urged Madiba's followers to translate their sadness into determination to carry his spirit of peace forward. In India, Mandela is highly revered for adopting methods of non-violence and peace to achieve his political objects against apartheid system, which were espoused by Mahatma Gandhi, leader of independence struggle. The Dalai Lama, paying tribute to the fellow Nobel laureate, said in New Delhi that mourning for Mandela must be transformed into a peacemaking spirit. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TIBETAN SPIRITUAL LEADER THE DALAI LAMA, SAYING: "Great, I think peacemaker. I think (he was) very practical, I think a determined leader. I had met him on few occasions. I really admire, certainly I am one of the admirers. So therefore, at this moment firstly, I am very sad. But at the same time that sadness, I think other people who have same sort of feeling, then we must translate that sadness into determination. We must carry his spirit continuously -- that I think is very important." Mandela died peacefully at home at the age of 95 on Thursday (December 05) after months fighting a lung infection, leaving his nation and the world in mourning for a man revered as a moral giant. The former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate had been frail and ailing for nearly a year with a recurring lung illness that dated back to the 27 years he spent in apartheid jails, including the notorious Robben Island penal colony.