Panchen Lama delivers first speech outside mainland   2012-04-26 10:59:15

Profile: Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, 11th Panchen Lama

The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu delivers a keynote speech at the Third World Buddhist Forum in Hong Kong,south China,April 26 6,2012.The Third World Buddhist Forum opened here Thursday with more than 1000 Buddhist monks and scholars from over 50 countries and regions discussing the role of Buddhism in the construction of a harmonious society and peaceful world. (Xinhua)

HONG KONG, April 26 (Xinhua) -- The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, one of the two most senior living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism, delivered a keynote speech on the Dharma to over 1,000 monks and scholars at the Third World Buddhist Forum on Thursday morning.

"The virtuous Buddha compassionately and skillfully opened the door to the Dharma, pointing out for us the way to choose between wholesome and unwholesome acts," said the Panchen Lama, who is visiting Hong Kong in his first public appearance outside Chinese mainland.

"Aiming at both getting self enlightenment and enlightening others, Buddhism has prospered for thousand years, and is now an important component of the world religion," he said.

In religion, Dharma means law or natural law and is a concept of central importance. For many Buddhists, the Dharma most often means the body of teachings expounded by the Buddha. The word is also used in Buddhist phenomenology as a term roughly equivalent to phenomenon, a basic unit of existence or experience. Buddha was a spiritual teacher from India on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.

Since the prosperity of Dharma in ancient India, many learned Buddhists have established monasteries and institutes at various countries for different races, promoting Buddhism like rainbows appearing all over the world. Significant contributions to the development of human societies, ethics and cultural education have been made, the 22-year-old Panchen Lama said.

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