His Holiness to Visit Japan!
Note: The following is from a press release by the Liaison Office of H.H.the Dalai Lama, Tokyo.
Tokyo, Japan April 5 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama will arrive in Tokyo on 8 April for an eleven day visit to Japan. His Holiness will give a public lecture titled ‘Compassion in Human Relations’ at Ryogoku Kukugikan, in Tokyo in the afternoon of 9 April 2005.
His Holiness has been invited by Rengein Tanjyouji, Tamana city, Kumamoto Prefecture. He will be there from 10 to 14 April 2005. His programme in Kumamoto prefecture include a public lecture on "world peace through peaceful heart" at Kumamoto Prefecture Theatre, visit to Aso shrine, a public talk to the staff and students of Kyushu University of Nursing, a Buddhist teachings at Okun-in branch temple of Rengein, and a fire puja at Regein Tanjyouji main Temple.
From there His Holiness will leave for Kanazawa prefecture where His Holiness will give two-day public teaching on Buddhist philosophy on 16 and 17 April 2005. The teaching is hosted by Busshokai. Busshokai has hosted several teaching by His Holiness in the past including Kalachakra teachings in India and America. As else where, there is tremendous interest in His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his message of loving kindness and compassion in Japan and in the neibouring countries. All seats in all public talks in all three cities, Tokyo, Kumamoto and Kanazawa have been sold out. A couple of hundred of Korean Buddhists as well as several Buddhist from Taiwan and Hongkong are expected to attend His Holiness teachings.
On 8 April, in the afternoon of his arrival, His Holiness will pay a visit to Majie Shrine in Tokyo, which is the most important Shinto Shrine.Similarly will make a stop over visit at Nishi Ongangji in Kyoto, one of the most important Buddhist manasteries in Japan on his way to Tokyo on 18 April 2005. The pilgrimage to these two very highly significant place of spirituality are in line with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s wish to bring harmony and respect between different religious faiths and that of different tradition of the teachings of Lord Buddha for the common good of humanity. His Holiness will be received by the Chief Priest of Majie Shrine and by the Monshu, The Grand Abbot of Nishi Ongangji respectively.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will return to India on 19 April 2005. This will be His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 10th visit to Japan but 14th including four brief transit stops.
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