Dear Mr. Rudd,
I am writing to you on behalf of the State Buddhist Councils of Australia to express their support for the Sorry statement to be given to the Stolen generation, their families, and the wider indigenous community.
I commend the Federal Labor Government for wasting no time in righting this moral and human injustice. As the Australian public has heard, the word sorry is a simple but symbolic and healing word.
I attended along with Buddhist monks and nuns the first Sorry Day gathering held at St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne. Many people had their say to the stolen generation on that day, and a sole Buddhist nun stood in the middle of this great Christian sanctuary and recited teachings by the Lord Buddha and of the 14th Dalai Lama on the topic of loving kindness and to be aware of one's actions. This was an example on how times had changed. Sadly, it took many more years for the healing process to move on.
Please pass on our respects and acknowledgement to the indigenous community who attend the Sorry Day event in Canberra on Wednesday the 13th February 2008.
Brian S. Ashen