New Delhi. India, 14 April 2015 - At the conclusion of a successful two week visit to Japan, during which he has met and interacted with Japanese scientists, politicians, doctors, Buddhist communities, students and members of the general public, he had final brief meetings with Tibetans and Taiwanese.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate encouraged Tibetans to work for all humanity not only to pursue their own interests, according to a new report by the Dalai Lama's office.
"Being of service to others is part of our religious tradition," he said. "In today's world, Tibetan culture is attracting attention, so it would be a shame if we can't keep it up ourselves. I tell people abroad that Tibetans have a reputation for being warm-hearted, but if Tibetans fight among themselves and kill each it's a disgrace. Get together, discuss what you're doing, offer constructive criticism and try to improve.
"With regard to the problems facing Tibet, we are trying our best to solve them, but we need international support. Things have to change. Transparency has to come, it can't be avoided. The Chinese authorities have tried to suppress Tibetans with violence, they have tried to eliminate our identity, but we're resilient, we survive. When China really addresses what Tibetans need, the problem can be solved."
The main theme of His Holiness's talk to about 1000 Taiwanese was that they should back up their interest in Buddhism with study. He said:
"I'm 80 years old, but I'm still studying the works of the Nalanda masters. That's what I encourage you to do too. Today, in the 21st century, the important thing is not only to improve our material well-being. All over the world we see signs of moral confusion. People are under the control of negative emotions. The important thing is to try to be a good human being, to be warm-hearted and confident.
"Most of you recite the Heart of Wisdom Sutra every day, but recitation alone is not enough, you should try to understand what it means. I often tell people how important it is to be 21st century Buddhists, basing faith and practice not just on ancestral tradition but on a sound understanding. That's how we can uproot ignorance and transform our minds."
Tibetans and well-wishers offering a traditional welcome to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama who returned to his exile hometown following a series of teachings and public talks in Japan. He was received at the Gaggal Airport, which is an hour drive from McLeod Ganj, by Senior leaders and officials of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, and heads of major Tibetan non-governmental organizations.
His Holiness' upcoming schedule include a visit to Australia in May, where he will conduct teachings, public talks, and empowerment.