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article imageDalai Lama denounces Buddhist-Muslim violence

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 7, 2014 in World
Leh - The Dalai Lama has called for an end to the violence between the two faiths. Specifically he is asking members of his faith to stop their attacks on the Muslim community.
Tensions have been boiling over in many areas near India. Multiple riots have left areas destroyed and people fearful for what comes next. The Lama came out with a strong statement on the attacks:
I urge the Buddhists in these countries to imagine an image of Buddha before they commit such a crime
and also appealed to Buddhist religion as well:
Buddha preaches love and compassion. If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking,
according to Yahoo content from the AP wire. He also expressed shock for the violence between Sunni Muslims and other sects but has little authority to tell them anything.
His calls were directed towards Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Violence, theft and property destruction are a serious problem in Myanmar now. The fact that sects of Muslims that have traditionally not gotten along in the past are alongside other religions creates a religious tension which is driving minor and sometimes major riots.
Muslims in Sri Lanka have also recently had to deal with significant riots in Sri Lanka as well. One left three people killed and 80 hurt after a roving mob of Buddhists attacked another group. In all of these incidents police forces had to be called in to put down the wave of violence.
An unstable political situation is leading to even more riots around the area. Those in power do not yet have a clear solution but have much to say about the incident. The deflection of blame is only making things worse. The earlier statement by the Lama was likely in reaction to the fact that the world is taking note of this dangerous situation. Many both in India and around the world hope that the Lama can do something to defuse this tension before it is too late.
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