Dalai Lama spreading inter-religious harmony in New York

Washington, Oct. 20 (ANI): The Dalai Lama has stressed his visit to New York is to spread the message of inter-religious harmony.

The Dalai Lama, who is visiting the New York City for the sixth time for a weekend of spiritual enlightenment, said in India some people have complained about an invasion of American culture, adding that his visit was not an Asian invasion of America, but was a mutual exchange.

He added that some of his Christian monastic brothers and sisters have adopted Buddhist practices and for 50 years he has encouraged Buddhist monks and nuns to follow the Christian example of social engagement, particularly in the fields of education and health.

According to the New York Daily News, the 78-year-old Tibetan leader was at the Beacon Theatre this weekend, where he shared his thoughts on important Buddhist teachings.

He spoke to an audience of nearly 3,000 people on Friday.

He said that the purpose of giving teachings like this is for people to be able to transform their minds, emotions; not to become holier, but to become happier and ultimately to become a Buddha.

Actor Richard Gere, who began exploring Buddhism, met the Nobel Prize laureate and considers the Dalai Lama his "root guru".(ANI)