June 27, 2010
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Published By Tashi
His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits a major Buddhist temple in Yokohama
[Sunday, 27 June 2010, 10:10 p.m.]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets members of the audience at Sojiji Temple in Yokohama, Japan, on 27 June 2010
 

Yokohama, Japan:
The secular nature of moral ethics is common to all religions despite
differences in belief systems because these ethics of compassion, peace
 and global responsibility are common to all religions, said His
Holiness the Dalai Lama at the conclusion of a brief talk during his
visit to Sojiji Temple at Tsurumi in Yokohama this morning. 
“Even
non-Buddhist practitioners such as the Christians listen to my talks on
philosophical aspects of Tibetan Buddhism and understand my message on
the importance of secular values as these values are common to all
religions,” he said, adding all are human beings first and therefore
cultivating a sense of global responsibility is crucial in bringing
genuine peace and compassion.” 
He
was speaking to over 1,700 people including monks, local devotees and
school children who had gathered at the main temple of the Soto-shu
sect of Buddhism to listen to His Holiness.

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama meets young members of the audience at Sojiji Temple in Yokohama, Japan, on 27 June 2010
 

He
said it is important to delineate a clear line between religious faith
and religious culture when asked by an audience member on how to stay
true to one’s religion and at the same time appreciate other faiths. He
said Tibetan Muslims in Tibet practiced Islam but their cultural habits
were no less Tibetan. But ultimately when it comes to decide which
religion to choose, it is up to the individual’s own personal
preferences. He also led a prayer of the Heart Sutra in Japanese which
he said is common to all Buddhists.
Responding
to another question, he said since coming into exile in India over 51
years ago, he had the opportunity to visit many highly developed
countries such as Japan and United States where he witnessed the
problems faced by many people in finding inner peace. These problems he
said, are caused by lack of moral principles which shows the
limitations of material development. During the talk, His Holiness
warmly hugged a single mother of two to comfort her as she broke down
in tears sharing her daily struggle to find peace.  
At
the end of the talk, school kids gifted His Holiness some hand-made
sketches of the Sojiji Temple. The temple runs many educational
institutions and universities among them the Tsurumi University, and
the Setaya Gakuen School where on June 25 His Holiness delivered a talk
to middle and high school students.
–Report filed by Tsering Tsomo. Photos by Tenzin Choejor
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