Dalai Lama Tells Listeners to Embrace Their Traditions

April 20, 2008


Source: Detroit Free Press


The Dalai Lama called for the respect of different cultures and interfaith understanding Saturday, saying that the future of the world depends on mutual acceptance.

"I always believe since all different traditions have some potential to bring inner peace, inner value ... it is important to keep one's own tradition," he said, urging the crowd to practice the religion they were raised in and not convert, because all traditions, he said, have something to offer.

The Tibetan leader's two lectures in Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor drew more than 10,000 people from across the nation. He will speak again today.