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Japan-Tibet-2014-teachingsKoyasan, Japan, April 13, 2014: - The spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama Sunday said World major religious traditions have a common purpose of promoting positive human values despite their ideological difference.

On his fifth day of visit to Japan, His Holiness the Dalai Lama Sunday, April 13 began a two-day teachings on Tsongkhapa's Concise Stages of the Path to Enlightenment and Geshe Langri Thangpa's Eight Verses of Training the Mind at Koyasan University on Mount Koya or Koyasan, a sacred religious site for followers of Japan's Shingon Buddhism, Office of Tibet, Japan reported.

Addressing a packed auditorium comprising Japanese, followers from Korea, China and Mongolia, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said: "I am indeed very happy to be able to visit this sacred place for the third time. But what is different this time is that the weather is very cold."

"All the religious traditions in the world, despite having different ideologies, have a common purpose of promoting positive human values like love and affection," His Holiness said.

These "religious traditions preach tolerance, forgiveness, contentment and self-discipline as antidotes to negative emotions like anger and hatred," His Holiness said, adding: the negative emotions are the real causes of problems facing the world. So different religious traditions should respect each other as they have a common purpose."

"All these traditions preach a same message to eliminate negative emotions which give rise to violence and conflicts in the world. But it is very sad that violence is still taking place between followers of different religious traditions, involving Sunis and Shias in Arab, Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka and Burma," he said.

He said in India, all the world's major religious traditions and their own native faiths, has lived peacefully and harmoniously. "India is a model for other countries. If we make an effort, peace and harmony among the world's major religious traditions could be achieved," he said.

His Holiness said Buddhism, which also preach promotion of love, affection, tolerance and contentment like other religions, its ideology of dependent arising holds the key to eliminate negative emotions like ignorance that give rise to all the ills in the world.

His Holiness also underscored that collaboration between Buddhist science and modern science has the potential to create a peaceful and happier world.

On 15 April, His Holiness will conclude his three-day visit to Koyasan with a public talk on a theme titled "How should live our lives? – Religion and Ethics in the 21st century."

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