On Tuesday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama called the violence “unthinkable,” criticizing religious actors on both sides:
“All major religious traditions—Islam, Christianity, Hindu, of course, Jainism and Buddhism, all major religious traditions—teach us the practice of compassion, love, forgiveness, tolerance. So then, for a person who believes in a certain faith, why do you involve [sic] in such violence? It is really very, very sad.”
But this is not a call for religious people to remove themselves from the international crisis altogether. The Dalai Lama has previously said that people of faith need to help resolve social and political ills: “When faced with economic or any other kind of injustice, it is totally wrong for a religious person to remain indifferent.” “Religious people,” he said, “must struggle to solve these problems.”
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