Violence in the name of religion is sad, says the Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader-in-exile, the Dalai Lama, denounces religious violence.

KANGRA, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA (MAY 09, 2015) (ANI) – Tibetan spiritual leader-in-exile, the Dalai Lama, denounced religious violence on Saturday (May 09).

Addressing audience at an event in Kangra district of India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state, the Dalai Lama said that many problems faced by the mankind today like wars and killings were created by humans only.

“Violence, particularly in the name of religion (is) very sad. All major religions carry teaching of compassion (and) forgiveness. The very sources of karuna (compassion) themselves are causing more violence (which is) unthinkable,” said the Dalai Lama.

Non-violence is one of the primary teachings of Buddhism. Buddhism allows monks to defend themselves but the monks are forbidden to kill, even for self-defence.

India has a dark history of religious violence, especially between the Hindu majority and the Muslims, who account for more than 150 million people, making India the world’s third-most populous Muslim nation.

At least 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, died during a month of rioting in Gujarat in 2002.

More recently, alleged cases of communal violence rocked India this year in April when a series of attacks on churches across the country were reported and a nun was raped in Nadia district of eastern West Bengal state.

The Dalai Lama called on the media to do its bit to quell religious violence and help people understand the different sides of an issue.

“In this respect media people also have (an) important role (which is) to educate people. Just mere education alone or just mere development of brain alone bring no guarantee (of a) genuine, happy life,” said the Dalai Lama.

The 14th Dalai Lama fled to India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

Beijing considers the Tibetan spiritual leader a violent separatist. On the other hand the Dalai Lama says he simply wants autonomy for Tibet and denies espousing violence.