Taiwan President hopes Taiwan Buddhism can influence China

Radio taiwan International, March 8, 2010

Taipei, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou says he hopes the accessibility, volunteerism, and egalitarianism of Taiwan Buddhism can spread to China.

Ma was speaking at the Chung Tai Buddhist Monastery in central Taiwan on Sunday. He was participating in a ceremony to welcome the arrival of spring.

Ma said that Buddhist teachings have had an enormous impact on Taiwanese society. He also said that if Buddhism in China develops the way it has in Taiwan, it would have a very positive effect on China.

The president also prayed for the well-being of Taiwan's people and for peace on both sides of the strait.