Madiba passed away at the age of 95 at his Houghton home after battling a lung infection for months.
“We must carry his spirit whether he is physically there or not” said the Dalai Lama, “We have the responsibility”.
“I admired his commitment to non-violence, he was truly a good follower of Mahatma Ghandi like Martin Luther King” he said.
“I am one of his admirers, and all his admirers at this moment, instead of being sad and demoralised must take their sadness and translate it into full enthusiasm and determination” he added.
However, the Dalai Lama will not be among the dignitaries attending Nelson Mandela’s national memorial service on Tuesday or the December 15 burial at his boyhood home of Qunu.
The Dalai Lama was controversially denied entry into South Africa in 2009 and again 2011 as a result of China’s attempt to curb the spiritual leader’s international visits.