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His Holiness in Japan - 7th Day

June 25, 2010

Tsewang Gyalpo Arya
Tibet House Japan
June 24, 2010

Yokohama -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama left
Kanazawa city this morning and reached Yokohama today.

In the afternoon, His Holiness interacted with
some hundred Japanese university students and
educationists at one of the conference halls at
Yokohama Grand Hotel. Mr. Akira Ikegami, a noted
journalist and TV commentator was the moderator.
His Holiness greeted the gathering, and said that
as this 21st century belongs to the young people,
he is happy to talk with the young people here.

His Holiness said that the 20th century has been
a century of violence, but the later part of it
has made us realize the mistake and the world has
become more mature. "During the World War II,
Japan has suffered greatly, but out of the
tragedy of nuclear bomb, Japanese have come out
strongly rebuilding the nation to one of the most
develop nations. This is very good, so you are in
a very good position to lead the peace movement in this world." He said.

Speaking on the world peace and the current
situation, His Holiness said, "although there are
problems here and there, overall picture show
that our world is getting better. People have
began to think of peace, dialogue and environment
issues. They have also realized that material
development only does not lead to total
happiness, they have began to look for inner
values and moral ethics. United States and Russia
had agreed to reduce nuclear warheads, this is a
very good sign. Earlier, nations survived by
themselves, today, we have all began to realize
that we are interdependent. Concept of war has also changed."

His Holiness gave a brief explanation about his
two missions in his life, promotion of human
value and religious harmony. During the
interaction, His Holiness took questions on
different topics and responded accordingly.
Speaking on good and bad point about Japan, His
Holiness said that he appreciate Japan for its
long history, and the traditional Shinto
religion, which is based on respecting and
preservation of mother nature. He said he is also
impressed about the rapid development that the
Japan has made despite the tragedy of World War
II. About the weak points, he said too much
formality may not be good, another more serious
thing, he said. "Japan, despite being a developed
country, there are many young people suffering
from depression and loneliness, this is bad. I
suggest that people should look at the things
broadly, study English and venture out to help
the other less developed nations. Many part of
the world need your experience and expertise, if
you look beyond your nation, there is no room for depressions and suicides."

When asked about why Tibetan people despite being
in difficult situation why they are cheerful and
loving to all the living creatures, His Holiness
said, "Tibetan culture is a culture of
non-violence, culture of peace and compassion.
There may be exception, on the whole people are
gentle. This gentle culture needs to be
preserved. Behind this gentle culture is Buddhist
teaching, so application of religious teaching in
our day to day life is very important."

On purpose of life, His Holiness said purpose of
life is to be happy, happiness derived from
material things are temporary. "We should look
for inner happiness by being honest and truthful.
This will be a lasting happiness. Being
warmhearted is important, with this you will
began to have a meaningful life. This is key to happiness." He said.

On question about Tibet, His Holiness said that
there are three versions, Chinese, Tibetan and
one by International committee of lawyers. "If we
study these versions, it will be clear who is
saying the truth. But past is past, important
thing is future. We want to live in a modern
Tibet with freedom to practice our culture and
religion, autonomous Tibet within the framework
of Chinese constitution." He said.

When asked about the harmonious society policy of
Hu Jintao, His Holiness said he very much
appreciates Hu Jintao's policy of harmonious
society and looked forward to it. "But harmony
comes from heart, it should be based on trust and
openness. Without trust how can there be harmony
in the society. China uses force in the name of
harmony, repression and gun don't bring harmony.
Chinese authority must realize this reality and
act accordingly. Chinese government, if it is
people's government, people should have the say
and their freedom should be respected." He said.

Kodhansha, a major publishing company in Japan
organized this interaction session in collaboration with Tibet House Japan.
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