His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits Hiroshima


November 11, 2010 5:46 pm
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits Hiroshima[Tibet House Japan, 11th November 2010, Wednesday]

 
 His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks to the press on his arrival in Hiroshima, Japan, on November 11th, 2010. Photo/Taikan Usui/ OHHDL

 

Hiroshima, Japan:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama reached Hiroshima city this morning after
the successful completion of two-days program at Niihama in Shikoku
island.
A
group of Japanese and foreign media people greeted His Holiness the
Dalai Lama at the Hotel. Replying to a question from media, His
Holiness said, “this is my fourth time in Hiroshima, the city is the
reminder to the world about the destructive nature of war and nuclear
weapon. Hiroshima has experienced atom bomb and lots of destruction. I
am happy to be here for the peace conference organized by Nobel
Laureates. Nuclear weapon is outdated, just as a fire cannot extinguish
fire, our inner fire that is anger and hatred cannot be pacified or
extinguished by war and nuclear weapons.” Said His Holiness.
When
asked about a message to the APEC leaders, who are scheduled to meet in
Yokohama the following days to discuss the trade and economy of the
regions. His Holiness said he has nothing special to say, “however, I
would like to remind everyone that although material development and
money generating economics are important, it is not all for human
welfare and peace. Promotion of  fundamentals of human value and
democracy are equally important in order to establish a lasting peace
and prosperity in the regions.”

 
 His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his teachings in Hiroshima, Japan, on 11 November 2010. Photo/OHHDL

In
the afternoon, His Holiness gave a public teaching on “Karma and Law of
Causality” to some 2000 monks and laypeople including many foreigners
at Hiroshima Bunka Kaikan Hall. The organizers offered long life prayer
of Mandala offering to His Holiness in the hall.
 His
Holiness began the teaching by saying that we all are same in a sense
that we all desire happiness and avoid suffering. “But suffering is a
part of our life, source of suffering is our Karma and the mental
afflictions. We cannot eliminate suffering by praying fervently to
Buddha. Our teacher, Buddha has taught us the path to the cessation of
suffering. We must follow this path if we want to eliminate suffering.
 “Love
and compassion is basic requirement, whether one is Buddhist or not,
whether one is believer or not, love and compassion is the essence of
our survival. We started our life from the love of our mother and the
people around us. Just as you live and grow by love, others too need
love to live and grow. Buddhist concept of Karma and law of causality
is based on doing good deeds of love and compassion to help the
sentient beings,” said His Holiness.
After
giving an extensive teaching on law of causality, His Holiness invited
questions from the audience and offered explanation and guidance
accordingly. People asked about the existence of consciousness,
individual sufferings, state of the world etc.
Lastly,
His Holiness advised that the Japanese people are in a unique position
to spread the message of peace. “You have suffered greatly, but you
rebuilt your nation into a modern, peaceful and highly developed
nation, now to go globally you need to learn English.” Said His
Holiness evoking great laughter from the audience.
Tomorrow,
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will attend the first day of the 11th World
Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, in which some ten Nobel Laureates and
imminent peace activists and promoters are scheduled to discuss and
deliberate on “A World Without Nuclear Weapons”.

[Report filed by Tsewang Gyalpo Arya, Office of Tibet, Japan]