Anger to be blamed: Dalai Lama on Paris attacks

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Kolkata, Jan 13 (IANS) Terming the attacks in Paris as “awful wrongdoing”, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Tuesday said that short-sightedness, anger and ignorance of the perpetrators should be blamed for the violence.

At least 17 people were killed in Paris last week in attacks at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a Jewish supermarket, and on a police officer.
“All this wrongdoing…Awful sort of wrongdoing…We cannot blame the person, we should blame it on their short-sightedness, anger and ignorance,” the Dalai Lama said at the Presidency University here in response to a query by a student.
He delivered a lecture on ‘A Human Approach to World Peace’ at the varsity.
A student sought the Dalai Lama’s opinion on the Paris attacks and asked: “If someone is to be blamed, then who would it be? Can Buddhist philosophy play any role in solving the problem?”
The Dalai Lama also stressed on incorporating moral principles into the education system to promote secularism.

Last modified: January 13, 2015