The Dalai Lama -- Tibet's spiritual leader -- inaugurated a three-day international Buddhist conference yesterday in Nalanda district in Bihar, India, the Big News Network website reports today (March 18, 2017).
The Indian government is sponsoring the conference, titled "The Relevance of Buddhism in the 21st Century."
In his opening address, the Dalai Lama, 81, told Buddhist delegates and experts from 35 countries that all religions share one principle -- love and compassion -- and that all must promote religious harmony in order to overcome both historical and current problems created in the name of religion.
Communist China seized control of Tibet in 1950 and calls the Dalai Lama a "dangerous separatist" because he calls for Tibet to regain its independence from China. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate denies espousing violence and says he wants only genuine autonomy for Tibet.