Dalai Lama Meets with US Muslim Leaders

April 16, 2006

Source: Dawn


On April 16, 2006 Dawn reported, "In an effort to quell the anti-Islam tide and to improve its declining image in the West, prominent Muslim leaders on Saturday met for the first time most influential Buddhist, the Dalai Lama, in San Francisco (California) enlisting his help to correct Islam’s negative image. 'Some people have an impression that Islam is militant,' Dalai Lama said. '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.' According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, representatives from the world’s major religions — Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and American Indian traditions — came from as far away as Egypt, some at just two weeks’ notice... The Buddhist leader 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 — that is my hope.'"