Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dalai Lama's Visit

Amidst all the protests, demonstrations and especially, objection by the Chinese Government, the Dalai Lama arrived in Taiwan on the 30th of August. The Dalai Lama's visit is "purely humanitarian", as he is here to offer prayers and visit the victims of Taiwan's worst storm in 50 years.
Taiwan's opposition invited the Dalai Lama to comfort the victims of Typhoon Morakot, which hit the island in early August and left an estimated 670 dead. During his five-day visit, he is to visit a village hit hard by the storm, lead a mass prayer ritual and address the island's Buddhist followers.

The Dalai Lama, who clasped his hands and smiled as he greeted Buddhist followers and supporters at the Taoyuan International Airport near Taipei, said his visit would have no political overtone.

"I've visited different parts of the world, and I may have a political agenda there ... (but) my visit here is purely for humanitarian concerns," he said.
"There are many Buddhists there (Taiwan). So since they asked me, it is my moral responsibility, to accept, to go there."

This visit is a milestone for the people of Taiwan, one that will be remembered for years to come.