China hosts World Buddhist Forum sans Dala Lama

China hosts World Buddhist Forum sans Dala Lama
China National News
Friday 27th March, 2009

The Dalai Lama was a notable absentee Friday as religious leaders gathered in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi for the second World Buddhist Forum.

More than 2,000 delegates from about 60 nations are scheduled to attend the opening of the event Saturday, under the theme 'A harmonious world - a synergy of conditions', organisers said.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of the most respected Buddhists worldwide, was not invited to the forum because China sees him as a political figure advocating independence for Tibet.

'He is a political fugitive and has done lots of things to secede his motherland and go against his identity of being a Buddhist,' Ming Sheng, the vice president of the Buddhist Association of China, said at a press conference Friday in Wuxi.

Ming said China's state-approved 11th Panchen Lama, 19-year-old Gyaincain Norbu, would attend the forum. The reincarnate Panchen Lama is often considered second in importance to the Dalai Lama by Tibetan Buddhists.

In a recent speech to mark the 50th anniversary of China's socio-economic reforms in Tibet, the Panchen Lama promised to guide Tibetan Buddhists to 'adapt to the country's socialist society'.

He urged Tibetans to 'cherish the prosperity' and 'bright future' offered by the ruling Communist Party.

China's 11th Panchen Lama was chosen in 1995 by state-sponsored Tibetan Buddhist leaders. A rival 11th Panchen Lama, chosen and recognised by supporters of the Dalai Lama, has reportedly been held under virtual house arrest in China since he was six years old.

The sharing of the five-day World Buddhist Forum between Wuxi and Taiwan also carries political significance amid improving ties between the Communist Party and Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT or Nationalist Party).

'The forum is a vivid example that cross-Strait relations are moving toward the direction of peaceful development,' the official Xinhua news agency quoted Ming as saying.

'It will be a landmark event in the history of exchanges between Buddhists on both sides,' he said.

Yi Kung, a director of the Buddha's Light International Association in Taiwan, told reporters in Wuxi that delegates from about 500 temples in Taiwan would attend the forum.

'It will be a wonderful gathering that bridges different schools,' the agency quoted Yi as saying.

Some 20,000 Buddhists will pray for world peace at the closing ceremony in Taipei Wednesday, she said.

About 1,200 delegates will take four charter flights Monday from the city of Nanjing, close to Wuxi, to attend the remainder of the forum in Taiwan, the agency said.

It did not say if Beijing's Panchen Lama planned to travel to Taiwan, where the Dalai Lama has a representative office and is highly popular among Buddhists.

The forum is jointly organised by two state-run Chinese religious organisations, the Buddha's Light International Association and the Hong Kong Buddhist Association.

The theme of this year's event 'combines the concepts of harmony, conditions and synergy that embody oriental culture and Buddhist wisdom', said a message on the forum's official website, ̳.

'Our world needs the spirit and wisdom of harmony which can settle contradictions, eliminate disputes, construct harmony and maintain global peace,' it said.

More than 1,000 delegates from over 30 countries and regions attended the opening of the first World Buddhist Forum in April 2006 in the eastern Chinese cities of Hangzhou and Zhoushan.

The Panchen Lama was among them but organisers said the Dalai Lama was not invited because his presence would 'cause disharmony'.

The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against occupation by Chinese communist troops, who took control of Tibet in 195

By Anonymous, 03-28-09, 05:28 AM Peaceful tibet culture

You must have been brain washed to believe in that. They kill like every other human being when misleaded. Tibet is under siege daily by agitation and incitment from the western press. These western media and their backers spread lies to agitate for killing in tibet, telling people they should not live along side other of different background, they should not share resources with other, they should set up obstascle to limit travelling of others and their own, while they practice just the opposite by embracing globalisation. These are evil minds at work, poisoning not only other but their own kids who are turning into sh.t stirers/future canon folders and not knowing it. By Dirgha Raj Prasai, 03-27-09, 09:02 PM Good News

Dear editor, I support the Chinese leaders activities about- 'China hosts World Buddhist Forum.'I think this will be the great chance for Buddhists as well as Dali Lama. Dear editor, I reiterate about Dali Lama. We,Nepalese people respect the Holiness of Dalai Lama. But we request to Dali Lama to go in big China with respect to the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao��s message. Dali Lama should have to regard he aspirations of the Tibetan people that they alwaws support the strong united and develop China. Dali Lama should respect the new Buddhist Forum which has opened in China. We request- Dali Lama not to think the separation of Tibet from united China. The reality is that RAW and CIA are trying to destroy Nepal by damaging and ruining the monarchy through the Maoist and the traitors of Nepali congress (so called democrac) & UML(Comunist) parties and then infiltrate the same virus to Tibet by increasing the Free Tibet activities to separate Tibet from China. There is only the interest of American and Indian to destroy China. Nepalese people always regard the strong unity of China including Tibet. So, we request Dali Lama to adjust in China following the one-China policy of present China. Thank you. Dirgha Raj Prasai email: By Anonymous, 03-27-09, 10:13 PM Go where you are cherish

Dalai lama or Tenzin Giatso is more famous in western non-believer, not amongst true Buddhist in Asia. He should help solve westerners problems that those of Asian. Anyhow Asian is rising everywhere without him. By grouchy, 03-27-09, 02:11 PM China hosts World Buddhist Forum sans Dala Lama

the dalai lama should be invited, after all he is the only CIA operative ever to have won a Nobel prize By Anonymous, 03-27-09, 05:49 PM A peaceful old man who’s aims are for peaceful Tibet culture. Dont blame him for not going. Anything could happen and problebly would. By Qamaryousafzai, 03-27-09, 04:47 PM the old wine in new Bottom
Dala Lama

Going to be interesting reading the report of that meeting, since they can't even spell the name correctly.

My cousin has a couple of Llamas he keeps to guard his sheep. Would you be interested in having them along instead of the "Dala".......?

Fess up, you wrote that ridiculous head line.........Mehhhhhhh, what a maroon.

They aren't even going to send the imposter?
lone wolf
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

They aren't even going to send the imposter?

Chairman Meow is dead....

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