Posted by: rbbadger | September 5, 2009

Interreligious dialogue

Recently, Paul Cardinal Shan Kuo-hsi, SJ, the now retired bishop of Kaohsiung, Republic of China (Taiwan) hosted a dialogue involving the Dalai Lama, leader of a major sect of Tibetan Buddhism.  I am a bit surprised that the Dalai Lama was permitted to visit, given that the current president of the Republic of China, Ma Ying-jeou, is all in favour of closer ties with the Mainland.  While the Republic of China enjoys de facto independence from the Mainland, the People’s Republic doesn’t want them to ever forget that Taiwan belonged to China since the Qing Dynasty and that the People’s Republic intends to reunite Taiwan with the rest of the People’s Republic.  The Dalai Lama is chief among those whom Beijing denigrates as “splittists”.  And they definitely don’t want any “splittist” mentality developing in Taipei or anywhere else on the island.

Apparently, Cardinal Shan was offering a prayer and the Buddhist monk was translating for the Dalai Lama.  The picture just looks funny, though.

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I pilfered this image from here.

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Responses

  1. That does look funny. I like it. 🙂

  2. ha ha!

  3. Making interreligious dialogue perhaps more difficult than it need be, those of us interested in the religious domain tend to miss the obvious: that we share an interest in the same domain. Our intra-domain differences, I submit, are dwarfed by the distance from our planet to others…such as the planet of the stock market enthusists. For more, if you are interested, pls see my post. http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/10/31/missing-the-obvious-in-religious-discussion-something-we-have-in-common/


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