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High-ranking Tibetan religious official visiting Taiwan

2012/05/03 14:00:08

Taipei, May 3 (CNA) The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorjes, the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, is currently in Taiwan to take part in a series of religious events.

In a news conference held Wednesday in Taipei, the Karmapa said he is very happy to be able to visit Taiwan again and hopes to have more contact with his followers here.

He also said he will give his blessings to the country through the events scheduled to take place in northern, central and southern Taiwan.

The Karmapa, who arrived April 30, will stay for 19 days as part of a 180-day religious tour of the world.

According to the Karma Kagyu Buddhist Association, which organized the visit, the religious leader has no plans to take part in any other activities besides the religious events.

This is the Karmapa's third visit to Taiwan. He first visited in November 1999, during which he held religious rituals for the victims of the 7.3-magnitude earthquake that hit the country Sept. 21 that year.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Y.F. Low)