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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 in Japan

June 22, 2010

Tibet House Japan

Day 2
June 19, 2010
Tokyo -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama met Foreign
and Japanese media this morning at Foreign
Correspondent Club in Tokyo where he greeted the
media by saying "I am happy to be among you once
again". His Holiness said that as usual he would
like to reiterate his firm conviction in the
promotion of "Human Value" in general and
"Religious Harmony" among the believers. He said,
"many of you have already heard me speak on these
principles, but there are many new people also,
so I would like to share my feelings with you all."

His Holiness said that we are all same humane
beings, we all wants happiness and avoid
sufferings. "Whatever the position or the
identity, whether he is a king or some President,
a business man or a beggar, we all have same
mental disposition. Happiness that we derive from
money and material goods are of temporary nature,
we should seek for a lasting happiness which is
comes from our inner value. This ultimate source
of happiness based on satisfaction and inner
value is the basis for a happy life. This
promotion of inner value is of utmost importance in order to be happy.

"Secondly, although I am not a perfect Buddhist
monk, I try my best to be a good practitioner.
All religions including Buddhism preaches love,
compassion and forgiveness. They all have the
same potential to bring inner peace and create a
good humane society. If we look only for
differences, you will find contradictory
philosophy among the Buddhist schools also. So,
religious harmony and Ahimsa is very important at
societal level. India is a model country in this regard." He said.

His Holiness said that he consider media people
as very important because they play very
important role in educating the society and in
safeguarding freedom and justice. He joked that
the media people to have a long nose to poke its
nose into the fishy matters and bring out the truth and justice.

In the question & answers time, when asked for
His Holiness' opinion about a Chinese official's
recent comment in Japan that China never invaded
Tibet, His Holiness replied that there are three
versions on this issue, Chinese, Tibetan and
Independent International lawyers, and it is now
upto the media people to investigate and see
which one is true and accordingly educate the people.

When asked how he feels about Japanese Prime
Minister not meeting him when many other world
leaders had openly met him, His Holiness
clarified basically except for his visit to
Washington and Brussels, his visit are mostly
non-political, so not meeting Prime Minister is
not a disappointment. He further clarified that
his message is promotion of human value and
harmony, in this regard, public are more important than political leaders.

About the Sea-shepherd being a violent NGO, His
Holiness said the group is trying to protect
living beings and environment, this is good, but
the method should be non-violent and peaceful.
Answering to one question about the growing
suicide rate in Japan, His Holiness urged the
young Japanese to come out of Japan and explore
the world. Medias and the member of Japan Foreign
Correspondent Club gave a standing ovation to His
Holiness at the end of the press briefing.

His Holiness and the entourage members left for
Nagano city after the press briefing. There he
was received by the monks and Nagano people. He
was welcomed by the two Chief Abbots of the
Zenkoji Temple, with whom he had a light
discussion about the Temple and Buddhist
teaching. His Holiness visited the main Temple,
and along with the Japanese and Tibetan monks and
general public prayed for the world peace and for
the people who lost their lives in natural
calamities and in recent earthquake disaster in
Tibet. Surrounding of the Zenkoji Temple was full
of people who had come to welcome and to have a glimpse of the Tibetan leader.

Later, His Holiness gave a local press briefing
along with the authorities of the Temple. Zenkoji
Temple said that the Temple is highly honored and
happy to have the Buddhist spiritual leader in
Nagano city, and hoped that this Buddhist bond
will grow to promote peace and understanding
around the world. Zenkoji temple explained that
sole reason for refusing Olympic torch was that
the Temple couldn't remain oblivious to what was actually happening in Tibet.

When asked about His Holiness' opinion, His
Holiness said that he had clarified on several
occasions that he was not against Beijing Olympic
and had in fact supported it, but the Chinese
propaganda has made it look otherwise. "I
appreciate the support gesture shown by Zenkoji
Temple then, but broadly speaking this is not
just a pro-Tibet gesture, this is pro-justice.

When a Chinese media asked for a message for
young Chinese, His Holiness said just as Buddha
preached that his should words should not be
taken just out of respect for him, like wise
young people should not take all the information
as true. "Buddha has said that his word should be
properly investigated and practiced accordingly.
So the young people should properly study and
information and investigate before forming his or her own judgment."

His Holiness will address some 7,000 monks and
general public tomorrow in Nagano city. He will
also hold close discussion with Buddhist monks on Buddhist teaching.

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Day 3
June 20, 2010

Nagano -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama met and
talked with some two hundred Japanese monks and
nuns in Nagano this morning. Zenkoji Temple along
with four other Japanese Buddhist school
organized the meeting. His Holiness thanked the
organizers for this opportunity to talk with the
monks and nuns, and said that this kind of
interactive meeting is very important to share
each others knowledge and understanding of Buddhist religion.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a brief
introduction of how Buddhism was introduced and
spread in Tibet. He explained that Buddhism first
came to Tibet in 7th century and began to take
concrete shape in 8th century when a great Indian
philosopher and logician Saint Shantarakshita of
Nalanda University in India visited Tibet.

"Buddhism can be categorized under two major
tradition, Pali and Sanskrit traditions. Buddhism
introduced in Tibet was of Nalanda Sanskrit
tradition, where teaching of Tantra is also
included. Buddhism spread in China, Japan, Korea
and Vietnam are of same Nalanda Sanskrit
tradition. There were some dispute that Mahayana
and Tantrayana were not taught by Buddha, but
from the writings of Buddhist masters like
Santarakshita, Nagarjuna, Dhigna, Dharamkriti
etc. it is very clear that Mahayana and
Tantrayana were taught by the Buddha." He explained.

During the interactive sessions, a point was
raised to what Buddhism can do to solve the
problems and disasters in this world. His
Holiness said that Buddhism alone can not solve
the world's problem. "Like any other religions,
Buddhism too has great potential to help the
world. Problem in this world are men made problem
and it comes from extreme self centered attitude
and lack of holistic view. Analyzing and working
on these two shortcomings, Buddhism can help
contribute in mitigating the problems in this world." He said.

On being asked about His Holiness being
incarnation of Buddha of compassion, he said that
he is just a simple Buddhist monk, and a part of
six billion people in this world. "Some people
says I am a living Buddha, some says I a demon,
these are all nonsense. But as a Buddhist
believing in reincarnation, sometime I have a
feeling of previous lives. I feel specially close
to the 5th and 13th Dalai Lamas. I never claim I
have achieved Boddhicitta and the wisdom, but I
think I can say I have experienced it as a practitioner."

In the afternoon, His Holiness spoke to some
7,000 people in one of the biggest stadium in the
city on "Guide to positive clear light". He
greeted the people and said that he was happy to
be with them and share ideas. His Holiness gave
brief teaching on Sherab nyingpo, Heart Sutra,
and explained about emptiness and non-existence
of self and then moved to the main teaching.

His Holiness said, "Man is a social animal, we
are all dependent on each other. Trust is
important to build a genuine friendship and love,
this is the basis of happy family and society.
Our life is based on affection of others, human
affection is key to happy life. We are all born
from our mother, without whose affection we would
not have grown into healthy members of this
world. This take us to think about development of
moral ethics, inner values, love and compassion.
Moral ethic is not a matter of religion alone, a
secular approach needs to given, so that it becomes more universal."

In the question and answers time, answering to a
question on terrorisms, His Holiness said that
too much differentiation of "I and You" and "We
and They" should be avoided. "We all live in this
same planet, problem of the neighbor is our
problem. Terrorism is a made problem, these had
to be solved from human emotional level than hatred."

As a message to the young Japanese, His Holiness
suggested that they should learn English and
think beyond Japan, see the world and contribute
in their respective capacities. When His Holiness
said that even his broken English is very useful
while going around the world, the crowd burst into laughter.

His Holiness will visit Saihoji Temple tomorrow
and consecrate an eight feet statue of Buddha
Amitabha, Od padme, and will preach on "Four
Noble Truth" to the monks and people there. In
the evening he will leave for Kanazawa city in Ishikawa prefecture.

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Day 4
June 21, 2010

Nagano -- This morning His Holiness the Dalai
Lama visited a stupa erected in 1962 in memory of
Ven Tada Tokan, a Japanese monk who in 1913
visited Tibet and studied there for ten years and
brought many Buddhist scriptures to Japan during the time of 13th Dalai Lama.

Later His Holiness visited Saihoji Temple, where
he consecrated the newly constructed eight feet
statue of Buddha Amitabha, Od padme. The statue
was initiated by the Chief Abbot Kaneko and built
by Tibetan master artist Kalsang la and his team.
At the consecration ceremony, His Holiness said,
"we all have a Buddha seed in us, but Buddhahood
is achieved through ones practice only. It is not
something coming from Buddha and through praying only."

At a teaching organized by Saihoji Temple, His
Holiness taught on "Four Noble Truth" to more
than three hundred monks and general public at the Temple complex.

His Holiness explained about the essential
teaching of the Four Noble Truth and went into
detail the importance of proper understanding of
the teaching. Advising the public on day to day
practice of Buddhism, recitation of Heart Sutra
and prayers is good, but more important thing is
to study the scriptures and to understand its
meaning. "Ignorance cannot be dispelled by
praying, it has to be dispelled by understanding
the ignorance and uprooting it to see the true truth." He explained.

Answering to a question from the participants as
to which language is best for His Holiness and
for others to study Buddhism, His Holiness said
Tibetan being his mother tongue, Tibetan language
is best for him. "For other as far as Buddhism of
Nalanda Sanskrit tradition is concerned, Tibetan
language is richest and the best. There are more
than 300 original Indian scriptures by Indian
masters like Shantarakshita, Nagarjuna, Dhigna,
Dharmakirti translated into Tibetan language.
This is not found in any other languages." He said.

To a question from a young participant - what
Japanese can do for the world peace, His Holiness
said that Japan has suffered greatly during the
war, it is in a very good position to lead a
peace movement. "World is speaking of
disarmament, this is good. But more than this,
inner disarmament is very important. This, you
young Japanese should lead the world in this
direction." Said His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

In the afternoon, His Holiness and the entourages
left for Kanazawa city, where he will teach on
"Heart Sutra" to the audience of more than two
thousand. Busshokai, a Japanese Buddhist group organized the teaching.

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