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BBC - Buddhism forum begins in China

Sri Lanka welcomes this new initiative by China, but is disappointed that the Dalai Lama was not invited. Surely a Buddhist forum has to include the faith's spiritual leader and\or his nominees? We would like to see greater religious freedom within China (in particular for the 100 million Buddhist followers there).
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They had the pretender Patchen Lama or something, but Russia can see why China would not invite someone who is sworn to oppose their leadership
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Brazil hopes for greater religous freedom in China. Although as a Buddhist myself, I am pleased that the state had allowed the forum to take place. I also wish that the state would revert the stance and be more welcoming to the Dalai Lama
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They had the pretender Patchen Lama or something, but Russia can see why China would not invite someone who is sworn to oppose their leadership
The original deputy of the Dalai was replaced by a Chinese-appointed figure. It is not suprising that he did not receive much of a welcome at the forum.
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i wasn't sure if the MUN wanted to hear about this but now its here

China thinks this was an appropriate step towards Religious freedom, however as the Dalai Llama is seperatist from Mother China we did not feel his presence was appropriate. However although being officially atheist we hope to promote greater religious freedom.

While we're here we'd also like to announce that roughly ten million Christians in China are celebrating Easter openly.

EDIT: IT was the Buddhists at the forum who refused to acknoledge the Panchen Lama's presence.
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The original deputy of the Dalai was replaced by a Chinese-appointed figure. It is not suprising that he did not receive much of a welcome at the forum.

Brazil certainly isn't suprised that the Buddhist refused to acknowledge him.
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i wasn't sure if the MUN wanted to hear about this but now its here

China thinks this was an appropriate step towards Religious freedom, however as the Dalai Llama is seperatist from Mother China we did not feel his presence was appropriate. However although being officially atheist we hope to promote greater religious freedom.

While we're here we'd also like to announce that roughly ten million Christians in China are celebrating Easter openly.
Brazil is please to hear this and hopes that these words will be acted on.
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i wasn't sure if the MUN wanted to hear about this but now its here
India is sure that this should be up for discussion in the MUN, as it affects Buddhists the world across.
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(Original post by sr4470)
BBC - Buddhism forum begins in China

Sri Lanka welcomes this new initiative by China, but is disappointed that the Dalai Lama was not invited. Surely a Buddhist forum has to include the faith's spiritual leader and\or his nominees? We would like to see greater religious freedom within China (in particular for the 100 million Buddhist followers there).
Italy agrees with the sentiments expressed by Sri Lanka.
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India is sure that this should be up for discussion in the MUN, as it affects Buddhists the world across.
Religous oppression is definitly a topic for discussion
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We're not oppressing anymore, thats the point of the forum being held.
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Oh you know what I mean nit-picker
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(Original post by Nightowl)
i wasn't sure if the MUN wanted to hear about this but now its here

China thinks this was an appropriate step towards religious freedom, however as the Dalai Llama is seperatist from Mother China we did not feel his presence was appropriate. However although being officially atheist we hope to promote greater religious freedom.
This is a sensitive topic given that the original homeland of some of our people was Nepal...nonetheless, Sri Lanka agrees progress has been made on this issue.

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It was the Buddhists at the forum who refused to acknoledge the Panchen Lama's presence.
A Chinese figure as the Panchen Lama would never go down well with our fellow Buddhists in China...perhaps this ought to be a consideration in future.

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Italy agrees with the sentiments expressed by Sri Lanka.
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Brazil is please to hear this and hopes that these words will be acted on.

Sri Lanka thanks the delegates of Italy and Brazil for their support.
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It is China's responsibility to choose the Panchen Lama, we do not believe it is fair to shun someone because he was not the Dalai Lama's candidate.
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It is China's responsibility to choose the Panchen Lama, we do not believe it is fair to shun someone because he was not the Dalai Lama's candidate.
China is officially an atheist state, so what legitimacy is there for it to be appointing a Buddhist spiritual figure? Yes, the previous Panchen Lama has long disappeared, but the buddhists at the forum are not impressed by the need of a rubber stamped candidate.
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China believes that it has equal legitimacy as Tibet is current part of the PRC.
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China believes that it has equal legitimacy as Tibet is currently part of the PRC.
Sri Lanka would like to make it clear we continue to support the one China policy. However, this is a seperate issue from religious freedom and as such we do not wish to be involved in any petty border disputes with Nepal and the PRC.
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China thanks Sri Lanka for it's support, and hopes other nations take a similar standpoint.
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India cannot comment on this issue at this moment in time, except to say that we advocate freedom of religion for all.
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China thanks Serbia for it's support, and hopes other nations take a similar standpoint.
Serbia :confused: surely Sri Lanka,
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