The Straits Times
Published on Oct 11, 2012

Dalai Lama warns against generalising Islam


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, warned on Wednesday not to generalise Islam as a negative force and called on believers of different faiths to reach out to one another.

On a lecture tour of the United States (US), the world's best-known Buddhist monk said that every religion including his own had "mischievous" people and that he has made efforts to reach out to Muslims since the Sept 11, 2001 attacks.

"Due to some mischievous action or destructive action carried out by some mischievous Muslims, due to that, to generalize the whole of Islam as something negative is totally unfair, unjust," he said to applause.

"We need more effort to reach out to other faiths," he said at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.