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'Compassion through Understanding' preaches His Holiness in Tokyo

November 5, 2009

Phayul
November 2, 2009

Tokyo, October 31 -- If someone is causing
trouble to you, be more compassionate to that
person. You should realise through understanding
that the person is sinning,” said the exiled
Tibetan leader to an audience of over 5,000 in Japan’s capital city, today.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings on ‘The
Three Principle Parts and Generating Altruistic
Mind Enlightenment’ (Lamtso Namsum and Semkyi) at
the Ryogoku Kokugikan Hall was jointly organised
by the Liaison office of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama (Tibet House Japan), Shikoku Buddhist
Association (Ehime?Kagawa?Kochi?Tokushima) and Okinawa Mahabodhi Association.

The Tibetan scholar Je Tsong Khapa (1357-1419),
the main teacher of the first Dalai Lama authored ‘The Three Principle Parts’.

Before beginning the discourse, His Holiness
shared his views on the importance of cultivating
a compassionate mind for one’s own physical health and emotional well being.

"Scientists these days are saying that negative
emotions such as anger, fear, greed and envy
harms the immune system," said His Holiness
through a Japanese translator. “There is no
syringe for happiness. You can be happy only when
you reduce the gap between ‘I’ and ‘they’ with a
compassionate mind," added the Nobel Peace Laureate.

His Holiness observed the potential in all major
world religions of cultivating peace and
happiness and also mooted the idea of achieving a
compassionate and affectionate mind through the
integration of secular practices in the modern education system.

While speaking on practicing compassion on your
enemies, His Holiness cautioned the audience that
complying and tolerating oppression was not the
correct understanding of compassion.

"You should oppose the wrong actions of your
enemy but have compassion for the person
committing those mistakes," said the Tibetan leader.

Responding to a question from a young Japanese
girl on how to ‘like’ herself, His Holiness said,
"If you examine yourself properly you will
realise that only when you are sad you are
unhappy about yourself but when you are happy you love yourself."

The Tibetan leader in encouraging words explained
that problems and troubles should be seen as
opportunities to develop inner strength and to make one’s life successful.

Japan has an alarming suicide rate, the second highest in the developed world.

At the end of the teachings, famous Japanese
personalities including Shinsho Wakaomi,
secretary of Zenkoji Temple which in 2008 had
refused to be a part of the 2008 Olympics torch
relay, Kurana Chibana former Miss Universe 1st
runner up 2006 and Rei Dan popular actress walked
up the stage to greet the Nobel Peace Laureate.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is scheduled to hold
a dialogue with scientists tomorrow.
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