Chicago: Moral principles are not rooted in religious doctrine, but in the pursuit of happiness, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said as he sought amity among all religion.
"Moral principals must be based in religious faith not necessarily religious belief," the 76-year-old Buddhist monk said yesterday at the University of Illinois.
Religion has nothing to do with happiness, he said, adding that moral principles are not rooted in religious doctrine, but the pursuit of happiness.
"Sometimes religion uses power, money and fame. That`s not proper, since there are conflicts in name of different religions in modern times," the Dalai Lama said.
"Conflict in the name of religion is difficult to understand and is for money and power. All religions carry same meaning," he added.
"One must give respect to all religions." the Dalai Lama, who recently gave up his political position as head of Tibetan government-in-exile, said.
Religious symbols representing all faiths were on display on the stage to reflect the theme of his speech.
The event was hosted by Bill Kurtis of WBBM TV channel and actress Jennifer Beals also spoke at the event.