Tokyo: Tibet House Japan organized an online meeting of the members in Japan today. Representative Dr. Arya Tsewang Gyalpo welcomed the members and explained the purpose of the meeting as to have more intimate contact with the members and to update the members on the Tibet issue, share information on H.H. the Dalai Lama’s teachings and health, and the activities of the office. He further informed that UNESCO has declared October 5 as World Teacher’s Day, respecting H.H. the Dalai Lama as our most precious teacher, the Tibet House has decided to organize this annual meeting of the members in the month on the nearest holiday.
Representative Arya informed the members that H.H. the Dalai Lama is enjoying good health and has been conducting public teachings. He reminded them of H.H. the Dalai Lama’s four missions and the SEE (Social, Emotional, and Ethical) learning concept. He further briefed the members on the situation in Tibet as very critical and China unleashing draconian policy to wipe out Tibetan identity and culture through the destruction of Buddha’s statues, and religious items, closure of Tibetan schools, forced Chinese boarding schools, and recent enforcement of the Order No.-19 legitimizing religious interference and adoption of Xi Jinping’s ideology of socialism with Chinese characteristic in religious teachings.
The staff of the Tibet House also introduced themselves and greeted the members. The members later asked questions about the Tibet issue and the health of H.H. the Dalai Lama. Some suggested that the meeting has been very informative and requested such a meeting in the future.
Representative Arya requested the members to help increase Tibet House membership, raise Tibet issues with the central and local parliamentarians, organize talks and events, and promote the books the office published. Lastly, he and the staff thanked the members for attending the meeting online and promised to organize more such events for the members in the future.
Because of the privacy matter, members were given the liberty to attend with their video mute and no photo taken during the meeting.
–Report submitted by the Office of Tibet, Japan