His Holiness the Dalai Lama Urges Buddhists to Cease Violence Against Muslims

“US actor Richard Gere (right) with the Dalai Lama to greet him on his 79th birthday at Choglamsar, about 10 km from Leh, Ladakh on July 6, 2014.” Photo by the Agence France-Presse.

Today, on his 79th birthday, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama — bless his good heart — devoted some time to speaking out publicly about Buddhist violence against Muslims in places like Burma, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

In front of the massive crowd that included Hollywood film star Richard Gere in northern India, the Dalai Lama said the violence in both Buddhist-majority countries targeting religious minority Muslims was unacceptable.

“I urge the Buddhists in these countries to imagine an image of Buddha before they commit such a crime,” Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader said on the outskirts of Leh, high in the Himalayas.

“Buddha preaches love and compassion. If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking”…

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Thank you for continuing to speak out so forcefully, and happy birthday, Your Holiness!

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