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"I have seen Happiness and Pain," shares His Holiness in Shikoku Island

November 5, 2009

November 2, 2009

Takamatsu, Nov. 2: -- I travel the world at the
invitation of people like you, to share my
experiences in life. I am 74. I have seen
happiness and pain,” said His Holiness the Dalai
Lama at Takamatsu, the most populous city in Japan’s Shikoku Island, today.

The exiled Tibetan leader was speaking to the
media at the ancient Hagyuji Temple, dedicated to
Kobo Daishi, a learned scholar and the founder of esoteric Buddhism.

On his maiden visit to the port city, His
Holiness conveyed his greetings to the local
people through the media and expressed happiness
at the opportunity to interact with his ‘Buddhist brothers.’

"Coming here to pay respect to the scholar and
first propagator of Buddhism in Japan, Kobo
Daishi, I am very happy and feel fortunate,” His Holiness remarked.

In response to a question from the media on any
communiqués from the Japanese Prime Minister
Yukio Hatoyama, His Holiness said that he
received the Prime Minister’s ‘greetings’ through
a group of Japanese lawmakers, yesterday. “I
think he is an active, young politician,” added the Tibetan leader.

Hatoyama in 2007, as secretary general of the
Democratic Party of Japan had met the exiled
Tibetan leader and expressed support for “high autonomy” for Tibet.

Arriving at the temple in the afternoon, the
Nobel laureate was greeted by loud cheers of
‘Tashi Delek’ from the waiting crowd. Before
entering the main hall, His Holiness unveiled and
consecrated the new stupa (Namgyal Chorten)built
in commemoration of the Tibetan leader’s fifty
years of exile and to remember the Tibetan people and their ongoing struggle.

The Head of Japan Buddhist Federation Ven.
Matsunaga Yukei and Abbot of Hagyuji Temple Ven.
Saitou Yugen expressed their gratitude to His
Holiness for accepting the invitation and shared
their hopes of future visits from the Tibetan leader.

Earlier in the morning, His Holiness, arriving at
Takamatsu Airport from Tokyo visited Zentsu-ji
Temple, the birthplace of Kobo Daishi and offered prayers.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is scheduled to give
a public talk in Matsuyama city, the capital of Ehime province, tomorrow.
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