His Holiness the Dalai Lama Speaks on Peace to Thousands of Youngsters

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Speaks on Peace to Thousands of Youngsters

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks on Peace to Thousands of youngsters on 7 November 2010, Osaka, Japan.

[Osaka, Japan,
7th November 2010
]: His Holiness the Dalai Lama had a private meetings with some Tibet supporters this morning. A delegation from Korea comprising some
dignitaries also had a brief audience with His Holiness.

As the main event of the day, His Holiness gave a talk to a gathering
comprising 5000 young people including representatives from some 29
countries at Intex hall in Osaka city. The talk is one of main events
of Junior Chamber of Commerce's eight-day program entitled "Peace
Conference of Youth".

His Holiness expressed his happiness over meeting so many young people and being able to interact with them
on the occasion. His Holiness said that this 21st century belongs to
the young people and it is their responsibility in making a new world
of peace and less violence.

"Desire for peace only is not enough, it must come with concrete action. Peace does not means the
absence of violence, difference of opinion and conflict is bound to be
there. But the means to solve and redress these differences and
conflicts should be through proper dialogue and not war. Destruction of
your neighbour is destruction of yourself.

"Science and technology has greatly benefited the humanity in bringing material
prosperity and conveniences, but it has its own limitation. Material
progress alone does not bring happiness. Japan is one of the most
industrialized and developed nations, but loneliness and suicides
abound in this nation. This is because we tend to forget the inner
value and development of our mind.

"Scientists have been studying matters, now these days scientists have began to study their
own mind. Science and technology are very important, but the mind of
the human beings who are the ultimate users of these technologies
should also develop accordingly in a positive direction so that the
technologies are used for the welfare of humanity and world peace.

"Peace comes from human action, human action comes from motivation, so
in order to have a good and peaceful motivation, human being first
should have a peace within themselves," His Holiness addressed the
young members of the audience.

Afternoon session was discussion with the members of the Chambers and their presentations.
Foreign participants made a brief presentations about the youths'
activities in their own countries for world peace. His Holiness advised
the young participants that the concept of "We and They" should be
narrowed to include everyone in "we".

His Holiness' talk was received by the gathering with standing ovation, the Chairman Mr.
Yasuyuki Honda and the members thanked His Holiness for his advise and
said that His Holiness' vision for world peace will live in the young
people's heart.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the entourage members left Osaka for Nara city in the evening. His Holiness is
scheduled to give talk to Buddhist and Shinto priests, and later to the
general public at Todaiji Temple in Nara city tomorrow.

More pictures:

His Holiness the Dalai Lama thanking the young people who shared the stage during the Peace Conference
in Osaka on 7 November 2010. Photo/Taikan Usui

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with organizers of the peace conference 2010 held in Osaka, Japan
on 7 November 2010. Photo / Taikan Usui

(Report filed by Tsewang Gyalpo Arya, Office of Tibet, Japan)

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