Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – On receiving the news that his friend Dr Aaron Beck had passed away at the age of 100, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to Dr Beck’s daughter Judith to express his condolences to her, her mother and other members of their family.
“Your father truly lived a meaningful life,” he wrote. “As you know, over the years he and I had the opportunity to meet on several occasions, which included visiting him at home in Philadelphia. We enjoyed discussing matters of mutual interest, particularly with regard to the workings of the mind and how that understanding can be employed to help people to lead happy and satisfying lives. I deeply appreciated his extraordinary contribution to the field of mental health.”
His Holiness ended his letter, “I am confident that The Beck Institute, which your father founded in partnership with you, will continue to further his valuable work. This will surely be the best way to pay tribute to him and celebrate his life.”