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01september00916Taipei: Tibet’s exiled leader, the Dalai Lama, led a massive public prayer on Tuesday morning with an audience of 20,000 thousand, comprised of Taiwanese Buddhists, Tibetans, and people from other religious faiths, demonstrating their compassion for the Taiwanese victims who lost their lives in Typhoon Marakot, which struck Taiwan in last month.

On Tuesday afternoon, His Holiness addressed over 1200 people on the theme of "one world, common responsibility", in a public center in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, and his talks were broadcasted live. The Dalai Lama expressed his good feelings about coming to Taiwan to pray for the typhoon victims and to comfort their family and relatives. He repeated that his purpose for visiting Taiwan was non-political, but one necessitated by the "humanitarian and moral responsibility" of a Buddhist monk to share the grief of others.

Tibetan spiritual leader also urged the public to think positively and live their lives without losing confidence, even in difficult times. Unable to secure tickets for the lecture, over 1,000 people stayed in the hotel lobby and courtyard, hoping to greet His Holiness the Dalai Lama after the lecture. However, Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama returned to his room directly after the lecture.

Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Taiwanese opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), made appeared before world media reporters and called for President Ma Ying-Jeou to meet the Dalai Lama, emphasizing that His Holiness's visit shouldn't be disturbed by political agendas.

01september00914The Dalai Lama stressed in his speech that although the people of the world come from different religious, intellectual-academic, and socio-economic statuses, “There is only one human race, and skin color is not important. In this 21st century, cooperation, unity, and mutual understanding are needed to challenge global problems, such as climate change and financial crisis, which can't be solved by an individual nation and its people," he continued.

His Holiness spoke about the importance of true peace and harmony, concluding his speech with the statement: "Only genuine compassion and inner peace can make the world harmonious and peaceful. True peace is not released for a ceremony. Making war to end the war is not real peace and using of violence will only lead to the more death, not peace, so only compassion will achieve real peace."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was warmly received by Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party, or DPP, and Chen Ju, mayor of Kaohsiung, and met privately with them for half an hour on Tuesday morning.