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“…Wishes for peaceful resolutions to Tibet situation,” said Venerable Ji-Kwan, the Executive Director of Administration, JOKB
Amongst soaring concerns from the international communities over the fierce bloody struggles in Tibet , Venerable Ji-Kwan expressed his hopes for a peaceful resolution in Tibet tension.
AT 10:30 in the morning on March 17th, upon the official visit, Ven. Ji-Kwan met with the Representative of the Tibetan East Asia Regional Office, Mr. Lhakta Tshoko. They exchanged their opinons over the circumstance at the reception room in the Memorial Hall of Buddhist Culture and History of Korean Buddhism.
Recollecting the memories of the previous uprising of Tibet back in 1959, Ven. Ji-Kwan said, “I was staying at Tongdo-sa Temple back then, and I prayed with other monks for a non-violent solution of the confrontation to Tibet .” He then expressed his deep concerns over the crisis and hopes for a peaceful way out.
“Korean people and Buddhists are seriously worried about the unrest in Tibet and we all are praying for peace and prosperity of Tibetan Buddhist society,” said Venerable Ji-Kwan.
“This revolt erupted because of the past 60 years of severe oppression by the Chinese government,” said Mr. Lhakta Tshoko. “We Tibetans have tried to talk with the Chinese government several times for the previous years, and yet things have been neither very smooth nor successful.”
According to the Tibetan diplomat, the Holiness the Dalai Lama urges that Tibetans should have a non-violent peaceful way of expressing themselves. Mr. Lhakta Tshoko requested the attention and cooperation from Korean Buddhists and various Buddhist organizations under the JOKB. “What Tibetans want from is not independence but “meaningful autonomy,” he added.
At this courtesy visit, Shim-Kyung sunim who is serving as Head of Department of Secretarial Affairs, Toeun sunim, Deputy Director of Social Affairs, and Tibetan monk Namga were present.