Dalai Lama urges end to anti-Muslim violence

The Dalai Lama Sunday reiterated his plea to Buddhists in Burma and Sri Lanka to halt violence against Muslims, in a speech to tens of thousands of devotees in northern India to mark his 79th birthday. In front of the massive crowd that included Hollywood film star Richard Gere, the Dalai Lama said the violence in both Buddhist-majority countries targeting religious minority Muslims was unacceptable. “I urge the Buddhists in these countries to imagine an image of Buddha before they commit such a crime,” Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader said.