Skip to comments.Dalai Lama to Japanese youth: 'Study English and see the world!'
Posted on 06/22/2010 11:25:19 AM PDT by nickcarraway
The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama urged Japanese youth to "study English, and see the world" during a speech and Q&A session at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on Saturday. The Dalai Lama, currently visiting Japan, made the remarks, when he touched on the problem of the increasing number of Japanese youth committing suicide.
"Now, you should participate, wisely, (in) the outside world. But, the youth of Japan remain here, and (having) some problems here. Go (to the) outside world! To Arabia, Africa, Latin America ... You can make many contributions," the Dalai Lama said.
The Dalai Lama characterized Japan as "a country technologically highly developed." But, "Japanese youth are (under) too much stress and (feel) lonely. As a result, some (commit) suicide. I heard that that rate is increasing," he said.
"Whether you like it or not, English is the universal language. Study English and go out. This is very important." The Dalai Lama's comments seem to come from his own experience of having to lead a life in exile in India, but creating a circle of support in many places in the world by using English.
He drew laughter from the audience when he jokingly said, "But, it's not necessary to become like Fujimori," -- Alberto Fujimori, the Japanese-Peruvian former president of Peru, who was convicted for his role in the massacre of fellow citizens.
About his visit to Japan, the Dalai Lama explained: "My purpose is to promote a message of compassion and no violence. There's no political purpose." He made clear that he had no plan to meet with Japanese officials. To the question of the future results of the FIFA World Cup, being held in South Africa, he, again, made people laugh, by responding: "I'm not interested at all," saying that he does not understand the rules of sports games. (By Naoya Sugio, Foreign News Department)
The one-L lama,
He’s a priest.
The two-L llama,
He’s a beast.
And I would bet
A silk pajama
There isn’t any
“Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-lagunga”
Now if he’s only tell the Mexicans.
By the American left’s standards, that makes the Dalai a racist.
the flowing robes.....the grace.
Can you imagine the uproar if he said this in America?
Big hitter, the Lama :-)
We’ve hosted Japanese college students in exchange programs several times. We’ve met some wonderful young people that way. Our exchange students have taught me a thing or two about their country, but also about ours.
One really important thing I learned is that the Japanese consider us their closest friend among the nations, and the one they have the most in common with, despite language and culture differences.
In a world where a lot of dangerous crazy people hate America, a friend like Japan should be a keeper.
I wish he could say that here but that would be racist, insensitive, probably homophobic, and hurt somebody's feelings.
Shouldn’t that be “Study Engrish” ?