Dalai Lama Arrives In Ise City To Fulfill Key Commitment

November 18th 2007

His Holiness the Dalai Lama flanked by Kogakkan University Chairman Mr Uesugi Chisato (L) and Mr Seishu Makino, former member of Lower House and founder of the Japanese Parliamentary Group for Tibet (R) during the Press briefing at Ise
His Holiness the Dalai Lama flanked by Kogakkan University Chairman Mr Uesugi Chisato (L) and Mr Seishu Makino, former member of Lower House and founder of the Japanese Parliamentary Group for Tibet (R) during the Press briefing at Ise's Kogakkan University. (Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul)
Ise, Japan, 17 November 2007 (Phayul) - His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Ise city in Western Japan's Mie Prefecture this afternoon.

His Holiness was welcomed at the Ise's Ujiyamada station by Mr. Iwana Hideki, Chairman of the Mie Prefectural Assembly and Mr Seishu Makino, former member of the lower House and founder of the Diet member's league for Tibetan issue. Members of Japanese Tibet Group were also present with Tibetan ceremonial scarves (Khata) to greet His Holiness.

His Holiness was accompanied by one of his former secretaries, Tenzin Geyche Tethong, his younger brother Ngari Rinpoche, Tokyo representative Mr Lhakpa Tshoko and other staff members of the Office of Tibet in Japan.

From the station, His Holiness headed for Kogakkan University where he was again welcomed by the university's Chairman Mr Chisato, President Mr Ban Isoshiro and Dean Mr Shimizu Kiyoshi.

His Holiness later briefed a group of media, including a team of visiting Tibetan journalists on the purpose of his visit to Ise and on his decision to participate in the religious harmony dialogue.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing an audience gathered for the inaugural meeting at the Kogakkan University Hall ahead of interfaith forum to be held on Sunday. (Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing an audience gathered for the inaugural meeting at the Kogakkan University Hall ahead of interfaith forum to be held on Sunday. (Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul)
His Holiness said promotion of 'religious harmony' was one of his two main commitments. The other, he said, was promotion of human values.

During the press briefing, the Tibetan leader also reiterated his call for 'meaningful autonomy' with China. The Dalai Lama said that 'the whole world knows I am only seeking genuine autonomy' and not independence as Chinese authorities blatantly accuses him of.

'Chinese Government officials still continuously accuse me as a separatist
 

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