China sees red as Dalai Lama attends official event in India

China sees red as Dalai Lama attends official event in India

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, inaugurated a three-day worldwide Buddhist conference Friday in Nalanda district in Bihar, India.

China expressed anger today after exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama attended a Buddhist conference supported by the Indian culture ministry, Beijing's latest spat with Delhi over the Nobel Peace Prize victor.

Buddhist monks and scholars from various countries participated in the seminar on Buddhism in the 21st century.

The Dalai Lama has been living in exile in the Indian city of Dharamsala since fleeing his homeland in 1959. "It is unthinkable! The every source of compassion and forgiveness becomes a source of violence!" This time, China did not send delegates to the conference, presumably because of the Dalai Lama's presence.

China lashed out at India on Monday for inviting Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to attend and speak at an worldwide Buddhist seminar in Bihar, sponsored by the Central government, saying New Delhi was acting against one of Beijing's "core concerns".

A Chinese Buddhist professor working in Japan did attend the Friday meeting, according to Jangchup Choeden, the abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery in India. He said everybody would spread the message of love if the philosophy of Lord Buddha and Buddhism was correctly understood.

Singh said the Buddhist scripture, The Tripitaka, a 41 volume text containing the words of Lord Buddha in Pali, has been reprinted in Devanagri script after a gap of around five decades, and will be released by the Dalai Lama. Mukherjee met with the Dalai Lama in December, causing China to say it was "strongly dissatisfied".

China expressed Monday its discontent to the Indian government after the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama attended a public event in India.

China was also peeved when President Pranab Mukherjee hosted the Dalai Lama at his official residence with other Nobel prize winners in December a year ago.

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