Long Beach, California, USA, 20 April 2012 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama left San Diego on April 20th morning arriving in Long Beach a little after 8:00 am to continue with his visit to Southern California. The Abbot of Gaden Shartse, Jangchup Choeden, and officials of the Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling Center, the host of his visit, received him at the airport.
|Well-wishers greet His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his arrival at his hotel in Long Beach, California, on April 20, 2012.|
In his remarks to the press, His Holiness said wherever he went he talked about his two commitments of promoting human values and promoting religious harmony and understanding. He said at the human level he was no one special and the same as any other human being. He believed that man being a social animal; an individual’s interest depends on that of the rest of the world. He said the basic human nature is that of compassion, and being gentle. He said there was the need to create awareness of the fact that the ultimate source of a successful life and a happy life is within us.
He said his number two commitment related to religion. He said all the major world religious traditions have different approach, but the essential message is the same, i.e. the practice of love, tolerance, contentment, etc. Talking about the service of the religious community to society, His Holiness said Christians have made the greatest contribution in the field of education and health. However, only in the past, even today, religion sometimes causes division.
His Holiness then referred to the situation in India where he said even a child understands the co-existence of the different religious traditions there. Talking about respecting other religious traditions, His Holiness recalled an Australian Christian leader who introduced him as being a good Christian at a public meeting. His Holiness said he had in turn called the Reverend a good Buddhist. His Holiness said that he believed he has been able to make a small contribution in promoting inter religious harmony.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama present a traditional ceremonial scarf to Long Beach mayor Bob Foster at a meeting with members of press in Long Beach, California, on April 20, 2012. Photo/Getty Image|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama gestures in response to questions during a press meeting in Long Beach, California, on Arpil 20, 2012. Photo/Getty Images|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama and members of the press in Long Beach, California, on April 20, 2012. Photo/Max Roper|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his teaching at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, on April 20, 2012. Photo/Max Roper|