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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Japan Visit - 9th and 10th Day

June 28, 2010

Tibet House Japan
June 26/27, 2010

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Day 9

Yokohama -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave
audience to some two hundred Chinese this
morning. His Holiness greeted the gathering, and
said that we are all followers of a same Teacher
[Buddha]. "According to Buddhist teaching, nature
of mind is clear light, mental afflictions
accumulates on it like dirt. Through proper
training of mind and practice we can cleanse
these dirt. Faith is important, but faith alone
is not enough in Buddhist practice, we need to
study and acquire the wisdom to see the profound
teaching of Buddhism." He said.

Some Chinese came in Tibetan traditional dress,
chupa, many came with Khatas. They prostrated and
many wept when His Holiness said that you should
all lead a meaningful life by practicing love and compassion.

At Yokohama Grand Exhibition hall, His Holiness
gave teaching on "Dependent Arising and
Generation of Bodhisattvas' Heart" to the crowd
of ten thousand people. Speaking on Tenjung,
Dependent arising philosophy, He said that all
phenomenon has no independent existence, things
are there just because of some causes.
"Therefore, the Buddhist philosophy of emptiness.
Suffering is there because of ignorance, so the
ignorance is cause of suffering. If we remove
this ignorance, cause of suffering will cease." He said.

In the afternoon, monks from Taiwan and South
Korea recited special prayers on the occasion.
Indian group offered prayers in Sanskrit. Tibetan
monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in South India
recited Sherab Nyingpo, Heart Sutra. Mongolian
musicians presented a special spiritual song with
video background showing His Holiness' visit in
Mongolia in the past. Japanese monks gave an
impressive recitation of Hangyashigyo, Heart
sutra with the beating of traditional Japanese
drum. Watanabe Sado, a noted Japanese jazz singer
played his piece titled, "Kawa", river - for the Tibetans.

His Holiness thanked the monks for their sincere
recitation of prayers and Heart sutra and for
coming all the way from their countries for the
occasion. He begun his talk on "Essence of
Happiness" by saying that we all wants happiness,
and nobody wants suffering, this is a common
concept. "Modern science has provided us lot of
material comfort and happiness, but true
happiness comes from inner peace. This is
achieved by moving away from a self centered
attitude to helping other. Others before self
attitude, love and compassion is a key to happiness." He said.

His Holiness answered to varied questions from
the audience. Mr. Lhakpa Tshoko, Representative
of Liaison Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
for Japan & East Asia thanked the audience for
their participation, and the volunteers who had
been indispensable in organizing the teaching and
the talk. He also gave a brief information about
the existence of official Representative office
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Central
Tibetan Administration at Shinjuku in Tokyo.

It was observed that monks and people have come
from Taiwan, China, South Korea, Mongol, Russia
etc. There were many Japanese from other
neighboring prefectures also. Monks,
intellectuals, foreign diplomats, students and
general public participated in the teaching and
the talk. At the end of the event, the crowd saw
His Holiness off with a never ending standing ovation.

Tomorrow, His Holiness will visit Sojiji Temple
in Yokohama, and talk on "Peace and Religion" to
the monks and staff of the Temple.

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Day 10

Yokohama -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited
Sojiji, the main Temple of Sotoshu school of
Japanese Buddhism this morning. As requested by
the Temple, His Holiness spoke on "Peace and
Religion" at the mail prayer hall of the temple
to the crowd of 1700 people consisting of monks, students and general public.


His Holiness said that the Buddhism dates back to
2500 years, it is still valid, and interest in
the religion has increased in recent years.
"Peace in this world has to start from the
people's heart, we should first have inner peace
in ourselves. This inner peace can be achieved by
practicing love, compassion and service to other.
All the major world religion speak of the same
message, but in the past we have experienced
violence among the religions. The reason behind
these violence is that people emphasized
importance more on differences than in practicing
the real messages of the respective religions.
Therefore, we need to study and practice
sincerely so that we become 21st century Buddhists." Said His Holiness.

Giving Mother Teresa as an example of a true
practitioner, His Holiness said if you study and
practice sincerely, there will be no time for
differences. "Just as one medicine cannot cure
all diseases, one religion cannot sustain us all.
We should respect others culture and religions,
mutual respect is key to a peaceful society."

Speaking on disarmament, His Holiness said,
"Military disarmament is important for world
peace, but we need to disarm ourselves internally
to have a lasting disarmament and peace."

In the afternoon, His Holiness gave audience to
some 500 Korean monks and laypeople, who have
come all the way from South Korea to attend His
Holiness' teaching and talk in Yokohama. The
Korean delegation said that Korean Buddhist want
His Holiness to visit Korea, but because of the
government policy, it has become difficult, so
they have come to meet and hear him speak in Japan.

His Holiness expressed his happiness for being
able to meet the fellow Korean Buddhist, he said
he wanted to visit Korea and other Buddhist
nations, but it has become difficult. "We are all
followers of same Nalanda Buddhist tradition of
India, your enthusiasm in learning the religion
is appreciable. But we all need to be 21st
century Buddhist, we need to study and practice
the religion sincerely. Buddhism should not
become a mere ritual ceremony, more than
monasteries and statues, we need sincere
practitioners and scholars. Faith alone will not
help, practice of love and compassion and
learning essence of Heart sutra is very important." His Holiness said.

His Holiness also met some twenty Chinese media,
scholars and artists based in Japan. "I am very
happy to meet you all. I believe that all problem
can be solved by meeting face to face and through
dialogue. We need to understand each other and
have a sincere motivation to solve the difference
for mutual benefits. 20th Century has been a
difficult century, I very much appreciate
President Hu Jintao's policy of "Harmonious
society". But harmony should come from mutual
trust and through dialogue, it cannot come from
fear and through repression. China has made good
development materially, but it is lacking in
peace, stability and harmony. This is a reality
that leaderships must address to." His Holiness said.

Chinese media and scholars asked His Holiness'
opinion on various issue ranging from concept of
greater Tibet to middle path approach, socialism
to visit to China. Regarding the concept of
"Greater Tibet", His Holiness clarified that this
concept is coined by Chinese government only and
that the Tibetan side has never asked for greater
Tibet. On autonomy, His Holiness said that this
is something granted and within the framework of
Chinese constitution, "last time when our
delegation presented the Memorandum on Autonomy,
the Chinese government without discussing the
Memorandum, flatly rejected it. We have only
asked for the implementation of what is written
in the constitution." Clarified His Holiness.

Chinese delegation expressed their gratitude for
the opportunity to speak with His Holiness, and
said that they are now more informed of His
Holiness idea and the middle path approach, some
suggested that His Holiness' visit to China for a
short period would help dispel many misunderstanding.

Completing 10 days of hectic and successful
schedules in Japan today, His Holiness will leave Yokohama for India tomorrow.
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