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

Curt Steinmetz curt at cola.iges.org
Tue Sep 1 21:23:29 MDT 2009

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.


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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