How I met Dalai Lama
On Friday, April 29th his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama came to Tokyo for one day to pay his condolences to the victims of Great Tohoku earthquake and pray for the souls of deceased to reach safe harbor in the afterlife. In Buddhism as in Christianity, it is believed that the soul of a person lingers for a certain number of days going through ordeal before it reaches the gates of heaven or move onto their next stage of existence. In Buddhism, it is 49 days which was the exact time Dalai lama came with the visit.
He led a public prayer at Gokokuji temple and then gave a speech asking people to “stop worrying for the sake of worry and instead channel that energy to do something useful”. He also encouraged people to contribute more to the wellness of their country, to show more initiative and to learn more about the rest of the world. He said learning English is essential for not only successful globalization of the country but also for the various benefits a successful international communication may bring in occurrence of a similar disaster.
That’s the picture I snapped of him when he was passing by on his way to his car. That was just a few seconds before he stopped in front of me and my friends and started talking to us. He took my hand into his and looked directly at me. After hearing we were from Russia, he said that “Russia is a great country with a huge potential that lies in the hands of young generation and that it is up to us to see to it’s success and prosperity”. He then touched my heart and then head saying “You should think not only with your heart but also with your head and use intellect to reach your full potential”… I completely blanked out the rest of his words.. I just remember nodding crazily because I didn’t want to interrupt him with my replies and smiling foolishly like I always do when I am at a complete loss of words. My husband was standing right behind me with iphone in his hands and yet he was also too startled to record the conversation..So sad..
But several days later, I stumbled upon this picture on the web. You can see me and Dasha talking to Dalai Lama. There is a guy in front taking a clear shot of us.. If only I could find that picture too.. ^-^
After Dalai Lama left, people were coming to us and asking about our experience, even taking pictures..^-^ We got famous by association, hehe.
I immediately called everyone I knew because it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I still can’t believe I got so lucky. ^-^ Thank you Facebook for the information on his visit and Dasha for dragging my ass down from the iPad line at Ginza’s Apple store to Gokokuji temple. ^-^