(TibetanReview.net, Jun08’19) – The Dalai Lama has on Jun 7 morning welcomed a group of 58 members of a group called the Iranian Impacters Club. They were the CEOs of small and medium sized enterprises who describe themselves as messengers of peace.
A press report from his office said the Dalai Lama referred to historical records as suggesting there were links between Tibet and Persia, Iran’s ancient name, from the time of Tibet’s 7th century King Songtsen Gampo.
The Dalai Lama has spoken to the visitors about this personal commitment to spread happiness across the world based on love and compassion, towards inter-religious harmony, and for the issue of Tibet. He has spoken about his friendly connections with people of the Muslim faith since he was a child in his place of birth and later in Tibet’s capital Lhasa.
On a question about the suffering of Muslims in Burma, the Dalai Lama has said he had expressed sadness when he first heard about it and appealed to the Burmese Buddhists, asking them to remember the Buddha and reflect on the fact that if he was there he would have protected these Muslims.
He has said he also expressed his dismay to Aung San Suu Kyi who he has said responded by saying the situation was very difficult and there wasn’t much she could do.
The Dalai Lama has added that as a mark of his sympathy and concern for the well-being of the displaced Rohingya Muslims, he had directed the Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama to make a donation towards their relief and rehabilitation through the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The Iranians were stated to have shown their appreciations with another burst of applause. Small groups of them gathered around him for photo opportunities, said the press report.