» 06/20/2012, 00.00
SOUTH KOREA - CHINA - TIBET
Korean Buddhists against Beijing: "You have politicized religion"
Joseph Yun Li-sun
The Buddhist Jogye Order, one of the oldest and most respected in South Korea and in the world, attacked the Chinese delegation, which left the 26th conference organized by the Friendship of the Worldwide Buddhists in protest against the presence of the Tibetan delegation: "Now they must apologize."
Seoul (AsiaNews) - The largest Korean Buddhist organization
has asked China to issue an official apology for having forced the ouster of
the Tibetan delegation from the 26th Fellowship of World Buddhist Conference, held
in Yeosu from June 11 to 16. According to the Buddhist Jogye Order, one of the
oldest and most respected in the world, Beijing has "politicized" a
religious event "without understanding its true meaning."
The 17 monks and representatives of the Chinese Buddhist
world left aprubtly two days before the end of the meeting. A spokesman of the
organization confirmed that, to accomodate the Chinese protests, yesterday Fellowship
officials had asked 3 Tibetan delegates to leave the work sessions: "The
Chinese demand was accepted by the Secretary General of the group. It was an
embarrassing decision." Among the delegates was the former Prime Minister
of the Tibetan government Samdhong Rinpoche, a personal envoy of the Dalai
The Order defined the boycott of the event "a disrespectful and
unpleasant move. The Chinese delegates have put their political agenda first
and were lacking in respect and consideration for an event that instead is
purely religious. We demand that Beijing offer a sincere apology for what
happened, and promise that such a thing will never happen again."
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