September 23, 2017
Published By Tenzin Saldon

Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama decries terrorism. Photo/Olivier Adam

Florence, Italy: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Tuesday, condemned terrorist acts being carried out in the name of religion.

“People who stage acts of terrorism cannot claim to be religious; If we accept value of religion, we should be sincere in observing it in practice,” said His Holiness.

“Can members of different religious traditions live together? The answer is 1000 times—yes!” he said in an address to an annual inter-religious dialogue in the Italian city of Florence.

“It is a terrible thing that faiths are a source of conflict, and this happens because we lack understanding of others.

“It’s wrong to call Muslim terrorists or Buddhist terrorists because from the moment you kill, you are no longer religious; you are a terrorist,” His Holiness affirmed.

“I know many Muslims in India and the guiding principle for Muslims is to love everything created by Allah. From the moment you kill another person, you cease being a Muslim,” he said.

His Holiness asserted that all religious traditions, despite widely varying philosophical views were like a garden of different flowers and each having the potential to create a more compassionate person.

He argued that with this common ground the world would be able to achieve peace.  “The time has come to end this suffering,” he said.

More than 6,000 people from all over Italy attended his talk at the religious meet, which was held from Tuesday to Saturday.

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