Dalai Lama on a visit to Japan

October 31st, 2008 - 2:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, Oct 31 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Friday reached Japan where he will deliver a two-day lecture series on spirituality, beginning Nov 4.”He (the Dalai Lama) reached Japan Friday where a warm welcome was accorded to him by Tibetans, Japanese well-wishers and Buddhist monks at Narita airport near Tokyo,” Tenzin Taklha, the spokesman of the exiled leader, told IANS.

“The spiritual guru will visit southwestern city of Fukuoka to deliver a talk on ‘Compassionate Mind: Key to a Happy Life’,” he added.

On Nov 7, he will deliver a public talk in Tokyo.

The Nobel Peace laureate last visited Japan in November 2007 at the invitation of the All-Japan Buddhist Federation and the Kanagawa Buddhist Federation.

In recent months, the spiritual leader had cancelled his visits to Europe, Mexico and Dominican Republic after complaining of fatigue. He was recently operated upon in New Delhi for removal of stones in the gall bladder.

After returning from Japan, he is set to visit Pune, Meerut and New Delhi for delivering sermons in the second week of November.

He has travelled across the world to garner support for “meaningful autonomy” for Tibet.

The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 following Chinese occupation of Tibet. The Tibetan government-in-exile is based in this north Indian town in the Himalayas.

The Tibetan government-in-exile is not recognised by any country in the world.

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