My gratitude for all the freedoms and opportunities that America has offered to me is unending.
As a Tibetan and now as an American, I feel indebted to the forefathers of both my cherished homelands, the land of my birth and the land of my naturalization.
From a spiritual standpoint, Tibet is the repository of precious knowledge that leads to the most complete freedom humanity can aspire to.
From a worldly standpoint, America has a role to play in guarding and championing the cause of freedom around the world.
These unique destinies, in which I am so fortunate to share, would not have been possible without the far- reaching wisdom and activity of the founding fathers, true leaders of humanity.