[Buddha-l] HHDL's current visit to Taiwan

Curt Steinmetz curt at cola.iges.org
Tue Sep 1 21:25:32 MDT 2009

Oops - make that Hsing Yun - my Chinese is lousy.


Curt Steinmetz wrote:
> Hsi Yung is a supporter of the One China policy. That tells me all I 
> need to know.
> After his last visit to Taiwan in 2001, HHDL was very impressed with the 
> enthusiastic welcome he had received and announced his intention to 
> visit Taiwan every other year. He was especially interested in making it 
> clear that there should be no hostility between Tibetan and Chinese 
> people. However the PRC was able to cow the Taiwanese government into 
> not allowing the Dalai Lama to return since then.
> To say that His Holiness should not have come "this time" is to say that 
> he should not come at all. It would be like saying that Rosa Parks 
> should have waited until a better time. All good Buddhists know there 
> there is never a better time - there is only now.
> Curt
> Weng-Fai Wong wrote:
>> My translation from Taiwanese Yahoo! News:
>> http://tw.news.yahoo.com/article/url/d/a/090902/4/1qabt.html
>> For the Dalai Lama's visit caused controversy yesterday, 
>> In an interview given to China's Central Press's reporter in Taiwan
>> yesterday, Master Hsing Yun spoke about the controversy surrounding the
>> Dalai Lama's current visit to Taiwan, calling it procedurally incorrect. The
>> current controversy arises because the procedure, timing, and the place were
>> all incorrect. He hoped that it will not jeopardize cross straits
>> relationship.
>> Master Hsing Yun pointed out that the Dalai Lama should not have come to
>> Taiwan this time. But since he is here, it should be handled in a very low
>> key. "I think the Dalai Lama's current trip to Taiwan, works against him as
>> well as the DPP." Master Hsing Yun feels that for the Dalai Lama to come to
>> Taiwan as religious figure, he should be invited by the religious community.
>> Using political personnels as well as political means in the invitation,
>> makes him a political figure.
>> Furthermore, given that the disaster so serious, the invitation of the Dalai
>> Lama should have originated from the disaster area. "For him to be invited
>> by those outside the disaster area means political manipulation outside the
>> realms of religion," stressed Master Hsing Yun.
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