Moderate Muslims Seek Help From the Dalai Lama

April 16th 2006

San Francisco, USA, 16 April 2006 (By Louis Sahugan, L.A. Times) - Prominent Muslim dignitaries on Saturday met for the first time with the world's most influential Buddhist, the Dalai Lama, enlisting his help in quelling fanatical ideologies within Islamic communities and improving the faith's declining image in the West.

The summit was a measure of the desperate concern among moderate Muslim leaders and scholars about religious extremism and increasingly negative views of their faith arising from Western concerns about terrorism. Indeed, Islam traditionally has not recognized Buddhism.

'The main issue of this conference is to provide a platform to teach that there is no room today to say or invest in anything but love,' said Imam Mehdi Khorasani of Marin County, who had extended the invitation to the Dalai Lama. 'We are happy and grateful for His Holiness' decision to lend his energy to this cause.'

Appearing comfortable and jovial in his maroon and saffron robe before a crowd of about 600, the Dalai Lama, 71, was true to his image as one of the world's most avid advocates for peace.

'Some people have an impression that Islam is militant,' he said, seated in lotus position on a center-stage baronial chair at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel. 'I think that is totally wrong. Islam is one of the world's great religions and it carries, basically, a message of love and compassion.' He pointed to his homeland of Tibet as an example of a place where Buddhists and Muslims have existed together in peace for centuries.

In an interview earlier, the Nobel laureate and religious leader of Tibetan Buddhism said, 'Promoting the genuine message of Islam and the proper impression of the Muslim world

 

Latest News

His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Convene Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India
September 13th 2014
Dharamsala, HP, India, 13 September 2014 (OHHDL) - His Holiness the Dalai Lama is convening A Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India to discuss some of the most important issues ailing our society today, particularly in the context of India. The historic meeting will be held on 20 and 21 September 2014 in New Delhi.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Expresses Sadness and Concern on the Recent Flooding in Jammu and Kashmir
September 12th 2014

Addressing a Sino-Tibetan Conference
August 28th 2014

An Avalokiteshvara Empowerment Followed by Meetings with the Tibetan Community and Tibet Support Group in Germany
August 27th 2014

Concluding ‘The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ and ‘37 Practices of a Bodhisattva’
August 26th 2014

Explore