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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Love can save Taiwan: Tibetan, Taiwan Catholic leaders

September 3, 2009

September 3, 2009  - The China Post news staff and agencies

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and
Taiwan's Catholic leader called for the cultivation of charity, honesty,
spirituality and ethics in a dialogue between the two, yesterday.

The conversation with Cardinal Paul K.S. Shan in Kaohsiung drew an audience
of more than 1,000 people, including Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu and Taiwan
High Speed Rail Corp. Chairwoman Nita Ing.

Stressing that trust is an indispensable element in society, the Dalai Lama
urged people to use their wisdom to resolve differences and avoid using
harsh words to create rivalry.

Shan pointed out that in the aftermath of Typhoon Morakot, a lot of people
donated anonymously, showing the spirit of love in the Taiwanese people. As
long as there is love, Taiwan will be a better, warmer and brighter place,
he said.

According to the Tibetan leader, the purpose of religion is to discover the
good of humanity and allow followers to understand universal values through
various doctrines.

Agreeing with the Dalai Lama, Shan said birth, aging, disease and death are
the normal occurrences in life, and the cultivation of spirituality will
help people better control their emotions and sensual pleasures and relieve
their suffering through "the power of love."

Both spiritual leaders pointed out that the goal of religious dialogue is
not to convert the other but to understand each other. The Dalai Lama said
he believes all religions should teach mutual tolerance, respect and
cooperation with each other in order to promote world peace.

When Shan described the lung adenocarcinoma he was diagnosed with three
years ago, which the doctor said will kill him in six months, as a messenger
of good news, reminding him to cherish every day of his life and to devote
himself to helping others, the Dalai Lama praised Shan as a true
practitioner of Buddhist teachings.

Shan called for the government to focus more on preventive measures instead
of remedies as a proper response to the increasing numbers of natural
disasters brought by climate change.

He lamented the fact that when many countries around the world are working
to promote their development, they have neglected ethics and morality and
have even been opposed to religious beliefs.

He said materials and science should not be the sole focus of national
development, because there is also a need for ethics, morality and religious
beliefs among people.

The Dalai Lama pointed out that many people lack spiritual values and pay
attention only to making money, mainly because modern doctrines and school
systems are not paying enough attention to moral discipline. Happiness
cannot be purchased from supermarkets, he said.

After the two-hour dialogue, the Dalai Lama gave Cardinal Shan a khata, a
traditional ceremonial scarf used in Tibet that symbolizes purity, goodwill,
auspiciousness and compassion. Then the two hugged, moving the audience to a
prolonged standing ovation.
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