Xinhuanet, Beijing, June 10th, 2020, (Xinhua) — General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President of the State, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission – Xi Jinping (习近平) – received a visit from the 11th Panchen Lama Erdeni Chokyi Jeb (额尔德尼·确吉杰布 – E Er De Ni Que Ji Jie Bu) in Zhongnanhai on the June 10th,2020. During this meeting, Xi Jinping encouraged him to study with diligence, practice with a pure intent, uphold the last wish of the 10th Panchen Lama, uphold the Buddhist concept of equality and compassion for all living beings, actively promote the adaptation of Tibetan Buddhism to the reality of a Socialist Society, and strive to become a person with profound Buddhist attainments and deep spiritual roots! Xi Jinping explained that a true Living Buddha is loved by all Tibetan Buddhist monastics and Tibetan lay people – and must strive to be loved by all the people of the world!
Yu Zhengsheng (俞正声) – Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Chairperson of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference – accompanied Xi Jinping during his meeting with the 11th Panchen Lama.
The 11th Panchen Lama presented the ‘Khatta’ (哈达 – Ha Da) as a respectful tribute to Xi Jinping (which Xi Jinping gracefully accepted on behalf of the People of China) and carefully explained his spiritual and educational efforts (and exertions) he has made during the past twenty years of education and self-cultivation! Xi Jinping congratulated him on the progress he has made in all aspects of his education and self-cultivation!
Xi Jinping advised that the CPC Central Committee has always attached great importance to its work in Tibet. This year (2020) marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The Communist Party Central Committee will send a delegation to Tibet to celebrate this Festival with the Tibetan people and all other ethnic groups living throughout Tibet (and the Tibetan areas). With the guidance of the Communist Party’s Central Committee, (together with the strong support of the people of the whole country), Xi Jinping explained that by 2020, the people of all ethnic groups in Tibet have already developed a unified approach to all constructive work! This development within Tibet (and throughout the Tibetan areas), mirrors the will of the entire Chinese people! Xi Jinping explained that this is exactly ‘how’ a moderately prosperous Socialist Society is built from the foundation upwards! Therefore, all people living in Tibet have earned the right to wake-up each morning and find themselves living in a much better country!
Xi Jinping sincerely expressed a hope that the 11thPanchen Lama will inherit the glorious tradition of Patriotism and Love of Religion found within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition – with the Motherland in mind and the people in his heart – unswervingly safeguard the Unity of the Motherland and the Nation! It is necessary to actively carry-out suitable and relevant interpretations of the Buddhist doctrine (Dharma) that convey the positive ideas of promoting good over evil, equality, tolerance, alleviation poverty and the helping of the poor – concepts and ideas that are well-known aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. It is necessary to diligently study and constantly improve religious knowledge and moral self-cultivation, whilst teaching the younger generations the importance of the compatibility of ‘Socialism’ and the ‘Dharma’. This requires a perfect balance of ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ educational strategies that not only convey the teachings of Buddhism – but includes a study of world history and the achievements of other civilisations!
The 11th Panchen Lama, in return, solemnly pledged that he must follow the example of the 10th Panchen Lama, and that he will continue to honour the country, benefit the people, and resolutely safeguard the unity of the Socialist Motherland (that has given him everything)! He pledged to bear in mind the earnest teachings of General Secretary – Xi Jinping – and that he will study hard, in order to promote the adaptation of Tibetan Buddhism to the realities of a Socialist Society! He swore to contribute to the harmony and stability of Tibet and live up to the ardent expectations of the Communist Party and the People!
This Event was also attended by Sun Chunlan (孙春兰) – Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Head of the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee, and Li Zhanshu (栗战书) – Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee.
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