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Chinese Buddhists send condolences to tsunami-hit countries
The Dhamma Times, 1 January 2005


Beijing - The Buddhist Association of China has expressed its condolence over the heavy loss of lives and property to the tsunami-hit countries.

In a message sent over to the tsunami-ravaged countries, the association said that on behalf of Chinese Buddhists, it wishes toexpress sincere sympathy and solicitude to the people in those countries and heartfelt condolences over the disaster victims.

The message was sent to eight countries: Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Maldives.

As the main Buddhism principle of loving kindness, sharing happiness and sufferings with all living beings, "Chinese Buddhists also experience the disaster you have suffered," it said.

"We believe that your country and people will certainly overcome the hardships and rebuild your homeland," it said.

According to Sheng Hui, vice president of the association, the association has called on Chinese Buddhist circles to hold prayer services for no more disasters.

"Whenever a country suffers heavy natural disasters, we should extend our hands to support them," he said, adding that Chinese Buddhists are carrying out a donation move to that effect. [XINHUA]


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