Japan has been hit hard in recent years with natural disasters of earthquakes and a catastrophic tsunami. This coupled with daily economic tensions and strained relations with China and North Korea makes life for the Japanese in their predominately Buddhist country tense 24 hours a day. To help lift the spirits of the Japanese
during these chronically troubled times His Holiness the Dalai Lama has brought a message of hope and confidence to Japan reports the Central Tibetan Administration on April 7, 2014.
The Dalai Lama has praised the Japanese people’s spirit and strength to recover when confronted with immense suffering and destruction. He has urged the victims of the devastating tsunami which hit Japan in 2011 to look to the future with optimism and determination. The Dalai Lama addressed a gathering in Sendai on “Finding Wisdom and Confidence in the Face of Terrible Loss”. Sendai was one of worst hit regions in Japan during the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.
Phayul.com reports the Dalai Lama arranged a prayer ceremony and interactive session for the victims of 2011 tsunami. He has also made plans while visiting Japan to participate in a two-day conference on "Mapping the Mind: A Dialogue Between Modern Scientists and Buddhist Science" which has been organized by Koko Research Center of Kyoto University and the Mind & Life Institute. The message of hope which the Dalai Lama has brought with him to Japan will certainly be very well received by the Japanese.