The Dalai Lama has an op-ed in today's NY Times, 'Many Faiths, One Truth', in which he talks about the importance of harmony among different faiths, and the power of personal contact to bridge differences. I almost missed this as he was credited by his birth name in the bi-line (his birth name is Tenzin Gyatso). Here are some of the highlights:
On being naive about religion as a boy:
"When I was a boy in Tibet, I felt that my own Buddhist religion must be the best — and that other faiths were somehow inferior. Now I see how naïve I was, and how dangerous the extremes of religious intolerance can be today."
On the power of personal contact:
"I’m a firm believer in the power of personal contact to bridge differences, so I’ve long been drawn to dialogues with people of other religious outlooks. The focus on compassion that Merton and I observed in our two religions strikes me as a strong unifying thread among all the major faiths. And these days we need to highlight what unifies us."
On the importance of harmony:
"Harmony among the major faiths has become an essential ingredient of peaceful coexistence in our world. From this perspective, mutual understanding among these traditions is not merely the business of religious believers — it matters for the welfare of humanity as a whole."
You can read the Dalai Lama's entire op-ed at The New York Times here.
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