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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representative Speaks to Japanese Public in Tokyo

April 11, 2010

April 06 2010

Tokyo: Kalon Tempa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at
the Bureau in New Delhi, on the second leg of his visit to Japan addressed
Japanese students and general public on Tibet related issues at Yotsuya
Public hall in Tokyo on last Friday. Prof. Ishihama of Waseda University
shared the dais to give highlight on Tibetan history from the Japanese
intellectual perspective to the audience of some hundred and twenty people.

Prof. Ishihama in presentation on Tibetan history, made it clear that Tibet
once existed as an independent nation. She dwelt on the spiritual influence
that Tibetan Buddhist masters wielded over the Manchu, Chinese and Mongol
emperors. She referred to the notes recorded by some Jesuit travelers to
Tibet around 17th century that Dalai Lamas were not only revered in Tibet
but equally in the neighbouring countries like, Mongol, China and Nepal etc.
"Tibet was a well established country in every sense." She said. "The
problem was Tibet never did anything seriously to contact the outside
world," she lamented.

Kalon Tempa Tsering spoke on the general history of Tibet and how in 1950s
China invaded Tibet and how the Tibetan people, its religion and culture
suffered. He recounted the difficulties and sufferings of the Tibetan when
they first arrived in Nepal and India as refugees, and the current situation
of Tibetans in exile.

The Kalon described the situation in Tibet as critical, where Tibetans are
reduced to second-class citizen in their own country. "All the developments
[including the railways, roads and airfields] that China boast of in Tibet
are geared to serve the interest of Chinese government and to accommodate
continued Chinese migration into Tibet."

He clarified that the Tibetans are not against development, but the
development should benefit the Tibetans in the region and should be able to
compliment their culture.

Prof. Ishihama and Kalon Tempa Tsering attended to questions from the
audience. Answering to a question on Dalai Lama's reincarnation and China's
interference, Prof. Ishihama said that His Holiness on numerous occasions
has said that the institution of Dalai Lama will live with the need of
Tibetans. "The purpose of the reincarnation is to continue the work of the
former Dalai Lama, so to carry out the unfinished task of the 14th Dalai
Lama, the 15th would come from a place where it can freely work for the
Tibetan cause," she explained.

On what Japanese and Japanese business community could do for Tibet, Kalon
Tempa Tsering replied that they should read and study Tibetan history and to
support justice and freedom. He explained about Tibetan Chamber of Commerce
where the business community in Japan can study the possibility of forming
mutually beneficial partnership and employment opportunities.

Mr. Lhakpa Tshoko, Representative of Liaison Office of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama for Japan and East Asia, thanked the speakers and audiences for
their participation in the talk. He requested for the Japanese public's
continued support for the Tibetan cause.

Many in the audience expressed their desire to be of some help to the
Tibetan cause, its struggle for freedom and justice. Young students in the
audience expressed satisfaction for being able to hear directly from a
highly placed Tibetan official in exile on Tibet issue.
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