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