Hours after Thursday’s annual National Prayer Breakfast, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with a much smaller, and far less publicized, religious gathering in Washington.
Around a hundred American Muslims and American Buddhists gathered in the lower level of the Park Hyatt in Washington, DC, to hear His Holiness speak about the concept of service with Sheikh Al-Sahlani, representative of His Eminence the Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani. Richard Gere, of “Pretty Woman” fame and a practicing Buddhist, showed up and sat in the front row.
His Holiness began by discussing the challenges that many Muslims have faced since the Sept. 11 attacks. A few individuals’ behavior he said, should not generalize the entire religious tradition—”It’s not fair, not right”—and added that he was concerned about the bad image Islam was getting. It is a service, he explained, for Muslims to stand up and not be complacent or indifferent in…
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