Dalai Lama leaves for 10-day teaching tour and engagements in Japan

His Holiness the Dalai Lama pictured outside the Gaggal airport. Image: Tenzin Phende/CTA

DHARAMSALA, Nov 9: The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Dharamsala today for a ten-day teaching tour and engagements in Japan.

The Dalai Lama’s first itinerary will see him inaugurate the year-long celebration of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev at Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan tomorrow in the Indian capital before he embarks on his Nov 12 – 22 visit to Japan.

The Dalai Lama will arrive in Japan on Nov 12. His first engagement in the island in the Pacific Ocean is to give a teaching on The Heart Sutra (Sherab nyingpo), Je Tsongkhapa’s Praise to the Buddha for His Teachings on Dependent Origination (tendrel toepa) & Kamalashila’s The Middle Stages of Meditation (gomrim barpa) on Nov 14.

The following day, His Holiness will confer the Avalokiteshvara Initiation (chenresig jigten wangchuk wang) in the morning. On November 16, His Holiness will hold a dialogue between Buddhist science and modern science with three scientists.

These events from Nov 14-16 are being organized at the request of the Liaison Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (NPO Tibet House Japan) and will be held at the Pacifico Yokohama (National Convention Hall of Yokohama).

Later on Nov 17, His Holiness will give a public talk to the youth on ‘One – We Are One Family’ in the morning at Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall in Tokyo which is being organized by Sherab Kyetsel Ling Institute. His engagements will conclude with gracing the opening ceremony of Sherab Kyetsel Ling Institute in the morning on Nov 18 in Chiba.

The Dalai Lama will return to Dharamsala on Nov 25, before he travels to Uttar Pradesh and Bodhgaya in India in December and February respectively for another set of teachings.

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