Jun 28, 2015
The real meaning of 'jihad' was not harming
others, but to use "constructive emotion" to combat destructive
emotions, the Dalai Lama today said as he used his appearance at famed
Glastonbury music festival to describe Islamic State's violence as
In a 30-minute speech before hundreds of
rain-soaked campers, the Tibetan spiritual leader stressed the importance of
the oneness of the planet's seven billion people, and made a rare comment on
the conflict in the Middle East and days after the Islamic State militants
launched terror attacks in Kuwait and Tunisia.
The 79-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate,
did not explicitly refer to ISIS terror group, but told an audience of
hundreds: "In this very moment, in some part of the world, like Syria,
Iraq, Nigeria and some other places they're killing, human to human being.
Unthinkable. And the worst thing [is] conflict, killing each other, in the name
of their faith. Unthinkable."
He said all major religions carried a
message of "love and tolerance and fairness" but that those values
were being used by some to create division, The Guardian reported.
The Dalai said the real meaning of jihad
was not harming others, but to use "constructive emotion" to combat
"I daily use it in my five hours of
meditation, this kind of jihad," he said in his address to festival-goers
from a modest wooden stage.
"There is nothing wrong with religious
beliefs, but the people who are supposed to be following the religion have a
lack of moral principle, lack of conviction.
"There is no basis to kill. I love my
own life. Everyone loves their own life. Everyone has the right to live
happily. Once you have a firm conviction in that then suddenly man-made
problems will reduce," the top Tibetan monk said amid China's objections
to his trip to the UK.
China had on Friday warned organisers of
the Glastonbury Festival that inviting the Dalai Lama to visit one of Europe's
largest music festivals was tantamount to giving him a platform to engage in
Asked later whether music made him happy,
the Dalai Lama said "not much" and went on challenge the view that
music could bring inner peace.
"If music really brings inner peace,
then this Syria and Iraq – killing each other – then through some strong music
can they reduce their anger? I don't think so."
His three tips for living a health and
fulfilled life were for people to keep their inner strength and hope, get
plenty of sleep – he has nine hours a night – and meditates for five hours
every morning, waking up at between 2.30 and 3 am.
In his speech, he also called for the
"demilitarisation of the world". He said the billions spent on arms
would be better used to address the "huge gap between the rich and the
Growing inequality was a "very very
serious matter", not just for certain nations but around the world, he
said. "It's not just morally wrong but also it's a practical
problem," he added.