Dalai Lama concerned over sectarian clashes in Middle East

Dalai Lama concerned over sectarian clashes in Middle East

BENGALURU: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today rued sectarian clashes among Muslims in the Middle East, saying killing in the name of religion is unthinkable.nnHe emphasised that developing oneness amongpeople would solve various crisis the world is facing today.nnReferring to countries like Afghanistan, Syria and other Islamic nations, the Dalai Lama said, “They all follow the same god Allah, same Quran, every day (offer) five time prayers. Yet they are killing each other. It’s unthinkable, really.nnKilling due to political power or economic interest is somewhat understandable. In the name of religion killing each other is unthinkable. But it is a fact and it is happening,” he said.nnThe Dalai Lama was delivering a lecture here on the topic ‘Courage and compassion in the 21st century’, which was organised by Vana Foundation under their Vidyaloke initiative.nnEmphasising that developing oneness among seven billion people is his major commitment, he was all praise for India for its religious harmony and tolerance.nnThough the country has various homegrown religious traditions such as Sankhyaism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism besides Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Islam, they had all settled here peacefully and harmoniously, he said.nn”India is a big country with over a billion population, but religious tolerance, religious harmony are there. So therefore religious harmony is very much possible.nnWe always say India is the only example that different religioustraditions can live together,” the Dalai Lama said.nnHe also hailed Shias and Sunnis living together in India peacefully in contrast with the situation in Muslim nations, where they often clash with each other.nnThe Tibetan leader rued that religion today has become a factor to divide people, whose job is to bring inner peace, love, forgiveness, tolerance and self-discipline.nnThe Dalai Lama also pointed out that his mission was to revive ancient Indian spiritual traditions in their original form, whether it be Buddhism, Jainism or Vedic traditions.nnHe urged people to understand the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism, which originated in India and is still preserved with the Tibetans.nnSource: Press Trust of India

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