Kyoto, Japan, 10 April 2014 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama began the day by driving from Osaka to Kyoto, where he was warmly received at Shuchi-in University by the Dean, Ven. Suguri Kouzui, who is also Chief Abbot of the Nakayama Dera Temple. Shuchi-in University traces its origins back to the Shugeishuchi-in or School for Arts and Sciences established in 828 CE in the grounds of the Toji Temple in Kyoto by Kukai or Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon Tradition of Japanese Buddhism. It was the first educational institution in Japan open to students without regard to their social or economic status. The present Shuchi-in University was re-established in its current location in 1949.
In the packed hall, His Holiness took his seat on the stage, seated before a statue of Mahavairochana flanked by two sets of his mandalas and began his talk.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at Shuchi-in University in Kyoto, Japan on April 10, 2014. Photo/Office of Tibet, Japan|
|Members of the audience listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's talk at Shuchi-in University in Kyoto, Japan on April 10, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama presenting a Buddha statue to Ven. Suguri Kouzui, Dean of the University, after his talk at Shuchi-in University in Kyoto, Japan on April 10, 2014. Photo/Office of Tibet, Japan|