June 21, 2010
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Awaken your Buddha Seed: His Holiness the Dalai Lama tells Japanese Buddhists[Monday, 21 June 2010, 8:48 p.m.]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama giving a brief talk on Buddhism to a gathering of 300 devotees at the Saihoji Temple in Nagano, Japan, on 21 June 2010/Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Nagano, Japan:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama told a crowd of over 300 Japanese Buddhists
that all human beings have the same potential to achieve Buddhahood if
they realise the source of all sufferings is ignorance and delusion
about one’s true nature.”Awareness of one’s innate Buddha
nature will give self-confidence and provide a key to happy life,” said
His Holiness in his teaching of the Four Noble Truth today at Saihoji
Temple in Nagano.The teaching was part of an event organised by
Saihoji Temple, where His Holiness consecrated a three-dimensional
Mandala and a gilded statue of the Amitabha Buddha, both housed in a
new Mandala Hall located on the temple compound. The walls of the new
hall depict paintings of 8 Boddhisattavas and 30 auspicious symbols.Eiichi
Kaneko, the head priest of the temple said the inspiration for the new
Mandala Hall came from the 300-yr-old Kangyo-Mandala Thangka, a
treasured temple scroll depicting Buddhist heaven. In a statement
issued today, he said the architecture of the Mandala and the Amitabha
statue reflects the synthesis of Tibetan and Japanese Buddhism.    Tibetan
Master Thangka painter and sculptor, Kalsang Lodoe Oshoe led a team of
artisans to paint the walls of the Mandala Hall. Oshoe also used the
lost Japanese art of using clay and washi (traditional Japanese paper)
to construct the Buddha statue. The art of constructing clay and washi
statues dates back to eighth century when the Nara period (710-794) in
Japan was at its peak.Oshoe belongs to a prominent family of
Tibetan artisans and serves as an official court painter to the Dalai
Lama. In the past, he has worked on projects at Smithsonian Museum in
Washington DC, Springfield Museums in Massachusetts and other
prestigious museums in the US and Europe.     –Report filed by Tsering Tsomo

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