Tripitika (abridged) for our political bloodhounds

Sudheendra Kulkarni writes on China’s bizarre response to the Tibetan protests, and recounts an encounter which Asra Nomani, the author of Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam, had with the Dalai Lama.

Asra Nomani: What is it that our leaders can do to transcend the issues of power that make them turn the people of different religions against each other?

Dalai Lama: There are three things we must do. Read the scholars of each other’s religions. Talk to the enlightened beings in each other’s religions. Finally, do the pilgrimages of each other’s religions.

Read the full column: Why China’s reds fear religious freedom

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