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  His Holiness the Dalai Lama Says, be the Buddhist of 21st Century

June 27, 2010
Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama, Japan: His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with some 200 people of Mongolian origin this morning. Mongolian musicians in their traditional attires welcomed His Holiness to the audience hall. His Holiness expressed his happiness for being able to meet the Mongolian people in Japan.
His Holiness said, the Mongolian and Tibetan people had a relationship of more than 1000 years. "Spread of Buddhism in Mongolia in the middle and later stage was mainly from Tibet. The title "Dalai" also came from Mongolian King during the third Dalai Lama. There were many Mongolian scholars in Tibet during my time. Courage of Genghis Khan and the spears and daggers of his army made Mongol a military power in the past. Now, with this courage of Genghis Khan, and knowledge and expertise of your experts you should lead Mongolia to prosperity and peace.

"Buddhism played important role in Mongolian and Tibetan culture. But we all must study and become 21st century Buddhists. Mere recitation of scriptures and praying will not help, you need to study and analyze. There are more than 100 volumes of Kagyur [Buddha's teaching] and 200 Volumes Tengyur [commentary of the teachings], all these should not be just an object of reverence, it should be used as text books to study and practice the teaching of Buddha.” His Holiness said.

In the afternoon, His Holiness visited Setagya Gakkuen School, where students from 17 different middle to high schools and the teachers gathered to hear His Holiness' speech on "From vision to reality". His Holiness was received by the principals, headmasters, teachers and staff, and the students of the schools at Setagaya Gakkuen in Tokyo.
His Holiness advised the students to study hard and become a contributing citizen not only of Japan but of the world. He explained about the Buddhist way of learning, thoe, sam, gom sum, [hearing, analyzing and mastering]. "In order to properly master the field of your study, you should go through these three stages seriously. Time changes, your knowledge should be able to go with the time. Your knowledge is a key, this key should be able to open your mind to solve, create and contribute for the welfare of humanity."  said His Holiness.
His Holiness said, "Japan went through a very hard and difficult time during World War II, but because of the Japanese people's determination and hard work, Japan have rebuilt to a prospering land of democracy and rule of law. This is very good, young people should take their expertise abroad and help the less developed nations.
"20th century has been a century of violence, now, you should make this century a century of peace and dialogue. Peace does not mean absence of problems, there will be many problems, but the way to solve the problems should be through mutual respect and dialogue, not war."
Setagaya Gakkuen school along with other 17 schools under the Sotoshu school of Japanese Buddhism organized the talk at the school. Later, the Principal Hayashi on behalf of all the students and teaching staff of the school thanked His Holiness for his precious talk and inspiring the young students to become a contributive members of this planet.
Tomorrow, His Holiness will give a one-day teaching and talk at Yokohama Exhibition hall to the crowd of some ten thousand people. 



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