"Our various religious traditions have different philosophies and different practices, but all carry the same message—a message of love, forgiveness, contentment, and self-discipline. Even for those with no faith, these qualities—contentment, self-discipline, and thinking more of others than yourself—are very relevant," the Tibetan monk said in a videotaped message from his home in India.
"Religious freedom is actually an expression of freedom of thought," he said, addressing the three-day International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit held in Washington.
The summit addressed religious persecution around the world. It focused heavily on China's targeting of Muslim Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in a crackdown on the minority group and its language, religion, and culture that intensified in 2017.
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