Panchen Lama gives speech at H.K. Buddhism forum.
The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, the Tibetan Buddhism leader sanctioned by Beijing, on Thursday delivered a speech here on Buddhism on his first trip outside mainland China.
Visiting Hong Kong for the Third World Buddhist Forum, the 22-year-old monk whose rank is second to the Dalai Lama addressed more than 1,000 Buddhist monks, nuns, scholars and celebrities from over 50 countries and regions as one of a handful of speakers.
The 11th Panchen Lama said people tend to focus on ''materialistic technology'' while neglecting the ''science of the mind.''
''Increasing greediness in people's hearts has caused unbalanced ecosystems, contaminated environments, frequent natural disasters, spreading of epidemics and never-ending wars, endangering all beings now and in future,'' he said.
Elected vice president of the Buddhist Association of China in 2010, the 11th Panchen Lama has not been recognized by Tibetans loyal to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile.
Days after the Dalai Lama chose a boy as the reincarnated Panchen Lama in 1995, Beijing rejected the choice and picked its own Panchen Lama. The boy and his family favored by the Dalai Lama have since vanished.
The Panchen Lama is responsible for finding the reincarnated Dalai Lama after he dies.
The parietal bone relic of Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, which was excavated in Nanjing in 2010, is also on display for public worshipping through Monday.
The event has been promoted as one of the activities celebrating the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong's reunion with China.