Tokyo, Japan, 29 October 2011 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama reached Tokyo Narita Airport this morning safely and was received by representative Lhakpa Tshoko of Liaison office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Japan & East Asia, and Rev. Fujita Kokan and Rev. Saito Ugyen of Koyasan Univesity, and some prominent Tibet supporters.
Before leaving for Osaka city, His Holiness was met by a group of Japanese media where His Holiness expressed his happiness over being able to visit the country again. On being asked the purpose of his visit, His Holiness said that Japan was hit by great disaster this year, and although he had been able to offer prayers last April for the people affected, he greatly wanted to visit the affected areas and be with the people. “So, this time after the teachings at Koyasan University, I will visit the affected areas, offer prayers and consolation, and share the difficult times, ” replied His Holiness.
On the question of hope with the change in Chinese leadership in 2012, His Holiness replied that this is political question and that he has already retired from the political leadership. “However, my personal view is that when Hu Jintao took over, many expected positive changes. When he emphasized on harmonious society, I fully supported it. But ten years have passed, you know better whether there is harmony in China or not now. The 2008 incidents in Tibet, 2009 in Uigyur and 2011 in Inner Mongolia speak the reality. The goal of harmonious society is good, but the method being employed is wrong. Harmony must come from heart, the key factor is trust. But trust and fear cannot go together. So, it is too early to say that the next leadership will bring big change.” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
When asked about the self-immolation by the monks in Tibet, His Holiness said, “This incident of growing self-immolation in Tibet needs to be studied from philosophical, religious and political view points. It is a sign of deep desperation. Chinese leaders need to look into these incidents more seriously. Ruthlessness only will not be good for all.”
About what he wanted to suggest to the Japanese government to support the Tibet issue, His Holiness said that Japan is a democratic country; the government is by the people. So, Japanese people, including members of the media, are in a better position to make suggestions to the government. Personally, the Tibet issue is a moral issue of justice, and this should be reflected in the national parliament through the people.”
On his reincarnation matter and Chinese interference, “The Communist government does not believe in religion, there is no life after death for them, so no reincarnation! But they want to conduct finding of the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation. The Dalai Lama is not political now. If they really care, first they should believe in religion. It would be better if they think of finding the reincarnations of Mao and Deng Xioping.” Cajoled His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama this time to Japan was realized through an invitation by Koyasan University to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the university’s founding day. Koyasan university is a major branch of the Shingon school of Japanese Buddhism, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give the “Vajradhattu Initiation” to the monks, nuns, and general public at Kongobuji Temple at Koyasan. His Holiness will then visit Sendai, a region greatly affected by the earthquake and tsunami disaster. His Holiness will also visit Fukushima prefecture, where fears from nuclear radiation have not yet subsided.
Tomorrow, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a teaching on “The Heart Sutra” and a public talk in Osaka city on “Finding Happiness in Troubled Times”, where some six thousand people are expected to attend.