Dharamshala — The spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Japan on Thursday, March 2, beginning his 13-day trip to give lectures and attend symposiums on Buddhism in the country.
The 79-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is scheduled to travel to cities such as Sapporo, Gifu and Yokohama to give sermons during his stay. He last visited Japan in April last year.
According to the schedule given by office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he will deliver Buddhist teachings in Tokyo on April 12 and 13, and his lectures will be telecast live to theaters across the country.
On his way through the airport he stopped to speak to members of the media, telling them about his commitments to making people aware that we are all the same as human beings and that the real source of happiness is within us.
His Holiness reiterated his commitment to encouraging inter-religious harmony and finally joked about how much he likes Japanese rice.
The spiritual leader was welcomed by a protocol officer of Japan Airlines, a representative of the Indian Embassy and priests of the Soto Zen tradition and greeted by several devotees and old friends as he stepped off the plane.
In the course of this visit to Japan, his 21st, His Holiness will make his first visit to the northern island of Hokkaido tomorrow.
The Buddhist spiritual leader will give several public talks and Buddhist teachings on 'The Heart Sutra', Nagarjuna's 'Commentary on the Awakening Mind of Bodhichitta' & the Middle Volume of Kamalashila's 'Stages of Meditation'.