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Dalai Lama defends Islam

The Dalai Lama said Sunday that “it's totally wrong, unfair” to call Islam a violent religion.

The Tibetan spiritual leader, appearing at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, offered a defense of Islam in response to a question about the rise of violent religious fundamentalism. He added that he has made a point of reaching out to Muslims since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The Dalai Lama was at Lehigh for a series of talks on a 600-year-old Buddhist text. He took a break Sunday to lecture on “Generating a Good Heart,” and took questions from Lehigh President Alice Gast that were submitted in advance by the public.

Asked why so many Americans are depressed and anxious, he said U.S. society is too competitive and people always want “something more, something more, something more.”

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