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Dalai Lama: Ready to Return to Tibet Anytime

September 9, 2009

By Zhu Peixiong, Qiu Yanling & Xie Wenhua
Epoch Times - Sep 8, 2009

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, completed a six-day visit
to Taiwan, departing for India on Sept. 4.

He was seen off at the airport by the Mayor of Kaohsiung City along with
over 100 followers and supporters. Asked by the media whether he would like
to return to Tibet after a half century of exile, the Dalai Lama told the
reporters before boarding, "We are always ready to go back to Tibet-all the
Tibetans are."

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule in
1959.

When asked whether his visit would cause problems for the relationship
between Taiwan and China, he smiled and remained silent.

The Dalai Lama was invited to Taiwan by the leader of the Democratic
Progressive Party (DPP) for a humanitarian mission. He arrived late on Aug.
30. He prayed for and blessed the victims of Typhoon Morakot which struck
the island more than two weeks ago killing 461 people.

The 74-year-old Dalai Lama left for Xiaolin Village of Kaohsiung City early
on the morning of Aug. 31. He conducted a 30-minute ceremony there and
hugged the villagers. Then he left for Pingtung County for more religious
ceremonies.

The Chinese Communist regime's protest against the Dalai Lama's visit to
Taiwan continued without letup. This compelled the Dalai Lama to cancel an
international press conference. Even the location for his lecture had to be
changed.

Wherever he goes he is accompanied by sporadic demonstrations of
pro-unification activists. He faced them all with ease.

About 17,000 people attended the blessing service on Sept. 1 in the Taipei
Arena, and his public lecture attracted many people. The discussion between
Taiwan's Catholic leader Cardinal Paul Shan and the Dalai Lama moved many
followers to tears.

The Dalai Lama stayed in the Taipei Howard Hotel on Sept. 2. The next day he
met Tibetans living in Taiwan and Tibetan Buddhist groups in Taiwan. His
trip concluded smoothly.
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