His Holiness Inaugurates World Conference on Terrorism in New Delhi

June 4th 2008

At the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi. (Photo by Tenzin Sangmo/Phayul.com)

New Delhi, India, 2 June 2008 (By Tenzin Sangmo, Phayul)  - The Dalai Lama on Sunday inaugurated the Terrorism - National and International World Conference at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi. Organized by the Jama Masjid United Forum, the conference projected intense deliberation on the root causes of terrorism, its new characteristics and emerging trends.

Addressing a gathering that saw eminent personalities like the Union Minister, Government of India Kapil Sibal, MP and Gen Secretary of the Samajwadi Party Amar Singh, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Assam Tarun K. Gogoi, President of the Jama Masjid United Forum Syed Yahya Bukhari among other dignitaries from Indonesia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Maldives, Jordan, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan the Dalai Lama condemned the act of terrorism stating that is was unfair to generalize the transgression of some Muslims and associate it with Islam as a religion.

"I feel that the word 'terrorism' comes from an action based on it. Every action whether positive or destructive stems from a motivation and ultimately, we have to address the situation which creates the motivation."

At Jama Maszid in New Delhi. (Photo by Tenzin Sangmo/Phayul.com)

He further stated, "We possess the potential of affection from birth which we cannot survive without. We have to develop that sense of care and affection for others. I believe in a deeper sense of human and spiritual values."

Expressing his joy at participating in the conference His Holiness reiterated the promotion of religion and harmony despite different philosophy and tradition all which carry the same message of tolerance, discipline, friendship and peace. Furthering his commitment towards human values and tranquility among all beings the Dalai Lama offered his support and service in face of threats or acts of terrorism in the future.

The Dalai Lama then visited the historic Jama Masjid along with other foreign dignitaries in time for the evening mass by local Muslims.



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