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Dalai Lama urges Buddhist monks to stop violence in Myanmar and Sri Lanka

The Dalai Lama has urged Buddhist monks in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to end the violence against Muslims in their countries.

Delivering a speech in the US on Tuesday regarding religious violence, the Tibetan Buddhist leader, said:

"Killing people in the name of religion is really very sad, unthinkable, very sad."

"Nowadays even Buddhists now involved, in Burma and Sri Lanka also. Buddhist monks ... destroy Muslim mosques or Muslim families. Really very sad."

"When they develop some sort of negative emotions toward the Muslim community, then please think (of) the face of Buddha," he told fellow Buddhists.

If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims, he went on to add. 

The Dalai Lama is the head of the Tibetan school of Buddhism, while Buddhism in Myanmar and Sri Lanka is not within the Dalai Lama's school of Tibetan Buddhism, but falls within the Theravada subsect.