Non-violence an act of compassion, says Dalai Lama

New Delhi, Apr 2(ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Saturday said that non-violence is an act of compassion, and religions must try to bring together people of all opinions.

Interacting with people during an event 'Non-violence and Spiritual Values in a Secular India' in the national capital, the Dalai Lama noted the values of brotherhood and unity.

"Non-violence is an act of compassion. Genuine sense of concern, other's well-being, no matter how difficult are the circumstances, you treat them as human brother, sisters and realise they also have a right to overcome suffering," he said.

The leader, who recently quit political life to focus solely on spirituality, was accompanied at the event by Hindu leader Dayanand Saraswati and Union Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

The Dalai Lama said that it is important that religion does not divide people, and instead brings a sense of brotherhood.

"Sometimes, unfortunately, religion also becomes an additional factor to division. Suppose if religion brings together all religions, talks, love, compassion, sense of brotherhood and sisterhood and particularly those religions, all people come from the same source, so according to that view, truly, (everyone are) brother and sisters," he said.

The Dalai Lama continues to advocate 'meaningful autonomy' for Tibet from Dharamsala, where he has lived in exile since 1959.

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