Tokyo, Japan, 18 April 2014 - Before leaving for the airport and his flight back to India this morning, His Holiness the Dalai Lama made time to meet separately with groups of Chinese, Mongolians and Tibetans.
Meeting first with more than 100 people from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and China he said:
“Wherever I go I try to meet with Chinese friends. Tibetans and Chinese have had relations with each other since the time of Songtsen Gampo. Sometimes we’ve fought, but for more than one thousand years we’ve shared an interest in Buddhism. This began when Songtsen Gampo took a Chinese and a Nepalese wife. So I often tell Chinese Buddhists that I respect you as the senior students. Similarly, when I’m talking to Indians I tell them that as far as we are concerned Indians are our gurus and we are the disciples. And I mention that in times of trouble we look to the gurus and senior students for help. I have been to Taiwan several times and many Chinese have come to Dharamsala so our people to people relations have improved.”
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to a group of Chinese during his last day in Tokyo, Japan on April 18, 2014. Photo/Office of Tibet, Japan|
|Audience members during the meeting with groups from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and China, listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking in Tokyo, Japan on April 18, 2014.|
Photo/Office of Tibet, Japan
|A member of a group from Mongolia presenting an offering to His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his last day in Tokyo, Japan on April 18, 2014. Photo/Office of Tibet, Japan|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to members of the Tibetan community living in Japan on the last day of his visit to Tokyo, Japan on April 18, 2014. Photo/Office of Tibet, Japan|