Dalai Lama calls for century of peace during a visit to North

Tibetan spiritual leader says developed countries are in ‘crisis’

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Patron of Children in Crossfire, gestures at an event called ‘Compassion in Action’ in Derry. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Patron of Children in Crossfire, gestures at an event called ‘Compassion in Action’ in Derry. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

 

The Dalai Lama said developed countries are in “crisis” as he urged a greater sense of compassion and love.

The Tibetan spiritual leader called for a century of peace during a visit to Northern Ireland.

He said thinking which led to warfare was outdated — referring to fighting in Burma, Iraq and Syria.

The 82-year-old said: “Our goal should be a century of peace, a century of dialogue based on a sense of oneness of seven billion human beings.”

He said there was too much war, fear, distrust and anger. Global warming was a “major disaster”. He added: “We have to work together.” He was in Derry as a guest of charity Children in Crossfire.

The Dalai Lama said he was a supporter of Europe: “I am an admirer of the EU.”

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