Joe De V Airs Appeal to Buddhist Faithful
TAIPEI - Speaker Jose de Venecia, on a personal, non-political visit here, urged the Buddhist faithful last Friday to ''look after'' over 120,000 overseas Filipino workers ''who live in Buddhist homes and families in Taiwan.''
De Venecia also made a similar appeal for the Christian minorities in the China mainland as the first Christian-Buddhist dialogue he helped initiate ended here amid calls for stronger cooperation.
"The Buddhist network of more than 5,000 large and small temples in Taiwan and millions of Buddhist homes and families are also home to our countrymen," said De Venecia, also vice president of the Christian Democrats Peoples' Parties International (CDI) and chairman of the Global Christian-Muslim Coalition.
Buddhist leaders from many countries, including big delegations from the China mainland, the United States and New Zealand, gathered at the Grand Hotel here for the dialogue, which De Venecia described as the "beginning of a dialogue among cultures and civilizations."
The other delegates were from India, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines, The Filipino delegation was made up of Fr. Nico Bautista of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Ephraim Tindero, and Muslim leader Gene Mamondiong.
A day after the dialogue, Buddhist grandmaster Shih Wiechu led Buddhists in the opening of the Chung Tai- Chan Monastery in the cental city of Puli, a four-hour drive south of this capital. …