Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, 3 April 2015 - The roughly 800 kms flight from Tokyo to Sapporo His Holiness the Dalai Lama took today was a journey from one season to another. In Tokyo spring has come with bright days, blue skies and the cherry blossom in full bloom. In Hokkaido, by contrast, it is still winter; cold, cloudy, wind-swept and wet. Piles of cleared snow are plain to see. He was the guest of the Sapporo branch of Junior Chamber International, a non-profit international non-governmental organization of young people between 18 and 40 years old. With members in about 80 countries, it encourages young people to become responsible citizens participating in social and economic development, while fostering international co-operation, good-will and understanding. The 1800 strong audience gave His Holiness a warm welcome as he took the stage and listened with rapt attention.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on "Universal Responsibility" in Sapporo, Japan on April 3, 2015.
|Some of the more than 1800 people attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama's talk in Sapporo, Japan on April 3, 2015. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his talk on "Universal Responsibility" in Sapporo, Japan on April 3, 2015.|
|Members of the audience lined up to ask His Holiness the Dalai Lama questions during his talk in Sapporo, Japan on April 3, 2015. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|