|China's top political advisor meets Panchen Lama|
BEIJING, April 12 (Xinhua) -- China's top political advisor on Friday met the 11th Panchen Lama, Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, a spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People.
Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country's top political advisory body, heard a report by the Panchen Lama on his life and work since he was enthroned in 1995.
The 11th Panchen Lama told Yu that he will carry forward his predecessors' long-upheld tradition of patriotism and love of the religion, and stick to his duties of serving believers. He said he will live up to the expectations of the country.
Yu, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, praised and congratulated the Panchen Lama on his marked progress in Buddhist research and cultural and ethic aspects. He noted that his guest has behaved in a good style as a Living Buddha of Tibetan Buddhism.
Social prosperity and stability is important for the healthy development of the religion, according to Yu.
He said Tibetan Buddhist circles should follow Buddhist doctrines and abide by the law, thus playing a positive role in the economic and social development of Tibet Autonomous Region as well as Tibetan-inhabited regions in the four provinces of Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai and Yunnan.
Yu expressed hope that the Panchen Lama will further efforts in not only research of academic works on Buddhist doctrines but also science and cultural learning. He called on the Panchen Lama to remain concerned about the motherland and its people and resolutely safeguard national unification and the unity of all ethnic groups.
The Panchen Lama, who turned 23 in February, was elected as a member of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee last month.