The Dalai Lama warned not to stereotype Muslims and called for inter-faith dialogue, AFP reported Thursday.

On a lecture tour of the United States, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader said that every religion, including Buddhism, has "mischievous" people and that they should not be deemed to represent the faith as a whole.

"Due to some mischievous action or destructive action carried out by some mischievous Muslims, due to that, to generalize the whole of Islam as something negative is totally unfair, unjust," he said. "We need more effort to reach out to other faiths."

The Dalai Lama, who fleed China to Tibet in 1959, conceded that Buddhists previously had suffered under Muslim rule in India but said "the past is past."

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