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Reports, Pictures & Videos on H. H. the Dalai Lama's visit to Germany & Switzerland 2009

All photos by © Manuel Bauer, Agentur Focus 2009

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Germany and Switzerland 2009

From July 29 - August 7, 2009, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has visited Germany and Switzerland for five days each.  In Frankfurt, His Holiness has given Buddhist teachings and attended a symposium on global ethics at the invitation of three organisations based in Germany, Tibethaus Deutschland e.V., Deutsche Buddhistische Union e.V. and Pagoda Phat Hue, a Vietnamese Buddhist community.

On August 3, 2009, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Marburg.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has visited Lausanne, Switzerland on August 5 and 6 at the invitation of the International Buddhist Rigdzin Community.  At the same site, the Tibetan communities in Europe have offered a Tenshug (Long Life Ceremony) to His Holiness.

On August 6, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has delivered a keynote-address at the international Sino-Tibetan conference "Finding Common Ground" in Geneva, Switzerland.

His Holiness has left Switzerland for India on August 7, 2009.

 

 
SWITZERLAND:
  Day 10: Geneva to Delhi, India, 7 August 2009
  Day 9: Lausanne & Geneva, 6 August 2009
  Day 8: Lausanne, 5 August 2009
  Day 7: Lausanne, 4 August 2009
  Day 6: Marburg & Lausanne, 3 August 2009
 
GERMANY:
  Day 5: Frankfurt, 2 August 2009
  Day 4: Frankfurt, 1 August 2009
  Day 3: Frankfurt, 31 July 2009
  Day 2: Frankfurt, 30 July 2009
  Day 1: Frankfurt, 29 July 2009
 
  Press Release
  Medienmitteilung

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama concludes Germany and Switzerland visit

(Day 10: Geneva to Delhi, India, 7 August 2009)

After a 10 day-visit, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has concluded his visit to Germany and Switzerland.  Today in the morning, His Holiness has granted audiences to some Chinese participants and volunteers of the international Sino-Tibetan Conference "Finding Common Ground", being held in Geneva, Switzerland.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has left Switzerland via Zurich-Airport to New Delhi, India and will travel to Ladakh. At the Airport in Zurich, His Holiness has been bid farewell by the abbot of the Tibet Institute, Rikon, Namkha Rinpoche (Host of Lausanne visit), Mr. Sonam Monkhar (Tibetan MP in Europe) and representatives of the Tibetan organizations in Switzerland.

For more information on His Holiness' upcoming programme, please visit the schedule on the official website of the office of H. H. the Dalai Lama

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama leaving the hotel in Geneva, Switzerland

His Holiness the Dalai Lama talking to the Tibetan farewell delegation at the Zurich airport


 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses an international Sino-Tibetan Conference in Geneva, Switzerland

(Day 9: Lausanne & Geneva, 6 August 2009)

Before leaving Lausanne for Geneva, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has met with the President of the Swiss Parliament, Ms. Chiare Simoneschi-Cortesi, in the hotel.  [ see report on tibet.net ]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in discussion with Ms. Chiara Simoneschi-Cortesi, President of the Swiss Parliament

 

Report on the Conference: 'Expect No Miracle, But Strengthen Sino-Tibetan Friendship'

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Urges Tibetans and Chinese Scholars to Be Ever Determined in Finding a Just Solution

Geneva, 6 August - The issue of Tibet needs to be solved. How to do it is something we need to discuss, His Holiness told a gathering of Chinese and Tibetan scholars and officials at a conference organized jointly by the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Swiss-Tibetan Friendship Association. (Click here for full text of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's speech)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said he wanted to hear new ideas and suggestions from the Chinese brothers and sisters on how the issue of Tibet can be resolved based on the Middle-Way Approach. His Holiness said, The purpose of our meeting is that obviously there is a problem. In Tibet, there is a crisis. Huge demonstrations were there all over Tibet. Severe restrictions were imposed. These demonstrations grew out of grievances through the generations. Most of the people who participated in the demonstrations are young. There is a need for a realistic response.

On the other hand, His Holiness said, Our contacts with the Chinese government is becoming difficult. So we are reaching out to our Chinese brothers and sisters. There is growing support. His Holiness said that to date there were more than 600 articles written in Chinese, all positive, on the issue of Tibet. So it is our mutual responsibility to solve this issue without separation, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that it is important for those Chinese scholars who understand the issue of Tibet to write and make things clear on the issue of Tibet to the rest. For the Chinese scholars to understand the issue better His Holiness said he made it a point to frequently meet as many Chinese as possible. His Holiness said, This is an enlarged meeting. I expect no miracle. But this forum is one to strengthen friendship between Chinese and Tibetans.

In the morning His Holiness held two meetings, one with the Chinese and the other with the international media. In the after His Holiness inaugurated conference called Finding Common Ground. This conference will go on till 8 August. His Holiness the Dalai Lama inaugural address was followed by an address by Yan Jiaqi, a leading social scientist and served as a senior adviser to Zhao Ziyang, the ousted prime minister of China who passed away in 2005.

Yan Jiaqi said His Holiness the Dalai Lama represented not only Tibetans in exile but Tibetans in Tibet. Yan Jiaqi listed all the qualities of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his selflessness, his sense of compassion and his ability to promote non-violence. Yan Jiaqi said all these qualities gave great strength to the Tibet movement. He said, In China I did not realize the power of religion. Now I realize the power of religion. He added that it is the right of every Tibetan to return to Tibet.

Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, Kalon Tripa, also addressed the delegates.

(Click here for full text of Kalon Tripa's speech)

After the inaugural session, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche spent about two hours fielding questions on a wide-range of issues from the Chinese audience, which all said was very useful to their understanding of the nature of the Tibetan struggle and the approaches made by the Central Tibetan Administration.

The next two days the plenary will be split into smaller groups so that fresh ideas can be discussed to help resolve the vexed issue of Tibet.

There are over 100 Chinese and Tibetan scholars attending this conference from more than 12 countries across the globe.

For more information on the conference, please visit the official website:

http://www.tibet-china-conference.org

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses the press with the President of the Swiss Parliament,
Ms. Chiara Simoneschi-Cortesi

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks to Chinese journalists before the opening of the conference

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kalon Tripa and the conference organizeres addresses the international press

His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives an interview for BBC, Chinese section

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Chinese delegates

from left to right: Mr. Yan Jia Qi, Jonathan Sisson (IFOR), His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. Tashe W. Thaktsang (STFA) and Kalon Tripa

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his keynote-address at the conference


 

Tibetan Communities in Europe offers Tenshug (Long Life Ceremony) to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

(Day 8: Lausanne, 5 August 2009)

VIDEO

Today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was received in front of the teaching hall by Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, the abbot of the Rikon Tibet Institute and representatives of various Tibetan organizations in Europe.  His Holiness started the days programme with self-preparation before giving initation of Medicine Buddha to the audience.

After the initiation, the Tibetan communities in Europe offered a Long Life Ceremony (tib. Tenshug) to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has given two interviews to the Swiss National TV during the lunch break, one news programme and one TV discussion programme.

In the afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama held a public talk called "World peace through inner peace" followed by a question and answer session.

The Lausanne visit ended today.  The event was sold out since 2 months before.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arriving at the teaching hall

Children of the Tibetan schools in Switzerland performing a song

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the self-initiation

Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche offering Mendrel to His Holiness

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with ex-political prisoners Phuntsok Nyidron and Takna Jigme Sangpo

Interview for Swiss National TV's programme "Club"

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with members of the council of the Canton Vaud

Tibetan Folklore Group of the Tibetan community in Switzerland performing at the start of the public talk

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the public talk


 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching in Lausanne, Switzerland

(Day 7: Lausanne, 4 August 2009)

VIDEO

At the invitation of Namkha Rinpoche and his buddhist centre, the International Rigdzin Community, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a one-day teaching on Lama Tsongkhapa's "The three principles of the path". The teaching hall was full packed with 6'500 people coming from various countries. Before an introduction into Buddhism and teaching the text itself, His Holiness explained to the audience the importance of keeping one's own religion. Thorough investigation is needed and important before converting to an other religion or belief.

During the lunch break His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed the press. His Holiness explained his two main life commitments, promotion of human values and religious harmony which he will carry on until death. The media people asked His Holiness about the current situation inside Tibet and about his hope with regard to resolve of the Tibet issue. His Holiness said that from a wider perspective he is hopeful because of the increasing interest from Chinese people to the issue of Tibet and their solidarity. Asked about the Swiss government's position not to meet His Holiness during this visit, he said that there's no problem because the purpose of the visit is religious and in some extent educational. He further stated that he does not want to create any inconvenience to the Swiss government.

After the teaching His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed the Tibetan community of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. More than 4'000 Tibetans attended the audience. His Holiness talked about the importance of modern education as well as about ethical behaviours. After the one hour talk, Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche addressed the gathering followed by Q&A session.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the President and Vice-President (left) of the Tibetan Community in Switzerland & Liechtenstein

Namkha Rinpoche, the organizer of the one-day teaching in Lausanne offering Mendrel to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Around 6'500 people attending the teaching on "The three principles of the path"

During lunch-time His Holiness the Dalai Lama adressed the press people

His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with Dr. Arthur Bill, former Director of Pestalozzi

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the members of the International Rigdzin Community, the organizer of the teaching

Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche at His Holiness the Dalai Lama's address to the Tibetan community

Takna Jigme Sangpo, who served 37 years in Chinese prison attending the teaching


 

University of Marburg confers Honorary Doctorate degree to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

(Day 6: Marburg & Lausanne, 3 August 2009)

Video: Arrival in Lausanne, Switzerland

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has received today an honorary doctorate of the University of Marburg, Germany from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Culture. Since its inception in 1845, the Department of Indian and Tibetan studies in Marburg has always been fairly small, but quite productive. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hanneder of the Faculty said in his laudation, that it is quite unknown in this context, that His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself made the first contact to Marburg in the seventies to change the situation, that is, by offering to send lecturers of Tibetan to Marburg.

Prof. em. Dr. Eckhard Bangert (Bhikkhu Pāsādika) said: "As for the scientific achievements and merits relating to H.H. the Dalai Lama and his ushering in a tremendous advancement of knowledge, education and, in particular, of Indo-Tibetology, one essential precondition for these facts and developments should be mentioned which, again, was due to His Holiness, namely the drafting of a constitution for the people of Tibet. He made this momentous decision fifty years ago, soon after his departure from Tibet and arrival in India, thanks to his great perception of the changing circumstances of the modern world and also having certainly been keenly aware of the historical Buddha’s preference for democratic and republican principles as can be gleaned from the canonical juridical texts pertaining to monastic discipline."

Visit the website of the University of Marburg for pictures and transcripts of the speeches

After the speeches by the University His Holiness the Dalai Lama adressed the 330 guests, explaining his three life commitments followed by a question and answer session.

In the afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama departed from Marburg for Lausanne, Switzerland where he will give teaching on "The three principle aspects of the path" on 4 August 2009. In Lausanne, His Holiness has been received at the airport by representatives of Tibetan organizations based in Switzerland as well as by the organizers of the teachings, the International Rigdzin Community. In front of the hotel, His Holiness was greeted by about 200 people with a traditional Tibetan welcome ceremony.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama leaving the hotel in Frankfurt

His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the way from Frankfurt to Marburg

His Holiness the Dalai Lama signing the Golden Book of Marburg

His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing the guests during the Honorary Degree ceremony

His Holiness the Dalai Lama presenting the certificate of the honorary degree,
left: the President of the Marburg University, Prof. Dr. Volker Nienhaus

Traditional welcome in front of the hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland

Swiss National TV interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the first day of his Switzerland visit


 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama concludes the visit to Frankfurt

(Day 5: Frankfurt, 2 August 2009)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama concluded the visit to Frankfurt, Germany today. Over 15,000 people attended the public talk – The Art of Living - which was translated into German, Spanish, Italian and Vietnamese.

In the morning, His Holiness along with Benedictine Father Anselm Grün and Zen master Roshi Bernard Glassman spoke on “Cultivation of inner peace and compassion”.

During the public talk, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that women were more compassionate than men and should take more active and responsible role in society. He further said, to develop world peace, one must first develop inner peace, then within one’s family and finally one’s own society.

Over 30,000 tickets were sold during the four days event.

Tomorrow, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will travel to Marburg where the university will confer  an Honorary Doctorate on him. The Marburg University has been teaching courses on Tibetan Buddhism since 1929.

This is His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 35th visit to Germany, the first of which was in 1973. Germany is the most visited country in Europe by His Holiness, indicating the tremendous public interest in and support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan issue.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama giving a TV interview to chinese section of Deutsche Welle (TV, Radio and Internet)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Benedictine Father Anselm Grün

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Public Talk "The Art of Living", attended by 15'000 people

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the Police motorcycle escort

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks to the volunteers of the event after the Public Talk


 

Cultivating universal love and compassion is good for one’s own physical health

(Day 4: Frankfurt, 1 August 2009)

“One World – One Mind – One Heart” was the theme of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's weekend program which began this morning. Today His Holiness the Dalai Lama took part in two different symposiums – one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

The morning symposium was a dialogue with three scientists and prominent personalities on global and personal responsibilities with Prof. Dr Mojib Latif, Prof. Dr. Karl-Heínz Brodbeck and Prof Götz Werner. The afternoon symposium on Ethics and the Economy and global responsibility with Prof. Dr. Tania Singer, Ven. Matthieu Ricard and Prof. Gerald Hüther. The moderator for the symposiums was Mr. Gert Scobel, a respected journalist on culture and religion in Germany.

During His Holiness' address, he said “The concept of we and they are now outdate. We must think of everyone as part of ourselves.” While speaking on developing compassion, His Holiness said, “something I know for sure through my own experience is that cultivating universal love and compassion is not only crucial for mental peace but it is also good for one’s own physical health.” He further said, “Destructive emotions like hatred, jealousy and extreme attachments not only destroy one’s peace of mind, but these are harmful for one’s physical health.”

His Holiness’ last program of the day was a public audience and talk to the members of the German Tibetan Community and some 50 volunteers of the various Tibet support groups in Germany.

The Tibetan leader said that Tibet was passing through a very difficult time in our history and over 1 million Tibetans have died. His Holiness said that there has been an increase in contacts with ordinary Chinese over the years. There have been about 680 articles written on Tibet by Chinese mostly expressing their concern and support for the middle path approach. Over 100 of these articles were written by Chinese living inside China.

While addressing the members of the German Tibet support groups, His Holiness expressed his deepest gratitude for their support and his great concern for the Tibetan environment and the damage growing worse each month.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mr. Christof Spitz, German translator on the screen inside the teaching hall

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the panelists of the morning session

Asian bazar outside the teaching hall

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the panelists of the afternoon session

His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing the Tibetan audience (450 Tibetans and 50 German volunteers of Tibet Support Groups)


 

His Holiness confers Amitabha initiation and concludes the teachings

(Day 3: Frankfurt, 31 July 2009)

This morning, His Holiness gave a brief audience for the Prime Minister of the Kalmyk Republic and his family. The Prime Minister briefed His Holiness about a Buddhist Institution in their country and requested His Holiness’ guidance. Then His Holiness entered the teaching stage and spent about 30 minutes preparing for the Amitabha Initiation. About 10,000 people attended the actual initiation which began at 9.30 am and finished at 11.30am.

As usual, His Holiness explained his position on the worshipping of Dhogyal and the importance of practicing of pure Buddha dharma. His Holiness further emphasized that it was his responsibility to provide factual information regarding worshipping of Dhogyal.

During the lunch break His Holiness gave a short address to over 250 Vietnamese monks, nuns and lay people of the Pagoda Phat Hue, which is one of the three organizers of the teachings in Frankfurt. This was followed by a group audience for about 30 members of the German Buddhist Union, also one of the three organizers. During his talk, His Holiness emphasized the importance of investigation of Dharma before converting to Buddhism.

In the afternoon session from 2pm to 4pm, His Holiness gave the concluding teaching on The Middle Stages of Meditation (Gomrim Barpa). Immediately after the teaching His Holiness spontaneously said he would like to meet the severely disabled people attending the teaching. They were about 15 of them on wheel-chairs with their attendants and His Holiness spoke to each one of them individually.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the Prime Minister of the Kalmyk Republic (right of His Holiness) and members of his family

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the preparation of the Amitabha initiation

Audience for Vietnamese monks, nuns and lay people

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with members of the German Buddhist Union

His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting disabled people at the teaching site


 

His Holiness began teaching on The Middle Stages of Meditation in Frankfurt

(Day 2: Frankfurt, 30 July 2009)

During the second day of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Germany, the Mayor of Frankfurt, Dr. Petra Roth called on His Holiness at the hotel. After their meeting, the Mayor accompanied His Holiness to the Commerzbank-Arena, the venue of the four days teaching and public talk event.

Mayor Petra Roth while welcoming His Holiness the Dalai Lama in front of over 8000 people gathered at the Commerzbank Stadium described the Tibetan leader as a man who had tirelessly fought for a resolution to the conflict over Tibet in China. He "symbolizes the fight for peace," she said.

Then His Holiness began the two days teaching on the Buddhist text “The Middle Stages of Meditation” by the great Indian Master Kamalashila. This text offers inspiration and guidance for the complexities of daily life, which could be practiced by anyone, whether one is a Buddhist or not.

During the lunch break His Holiness gave a public audience to the members of the Frankfurt based Tibet House.

The last program of the day was His Holiness’ meeting with the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation & Development, Mrs. Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul who called on His  Holiness at the hotel.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Mayor of Frankfurt, Dr. Petra Roth

His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaching on The Middle Stages of Meditation at the Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt

More than 8'000 people attended the first day of the teachings

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets Mr. Thomas Mann, Member of European Parliament and President of the Tibet-Intergroup at the European Parliament

His Holiness the Dalai Lama preparing for a TV interview by the 2nd German National TV, ZDF

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in conversation with Ms. Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development


 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives in Frankfurt

(Day 1: Frankfurt, 29 July 2009)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama this evening arrived in Frankfurt in Germany from Warsaw, Poland. The visit to Germany is at the invitation of three organisations based in Germany, Tibethaus Deutschland e.V., Deutsche Buddhistische Union e.V. and Pagoda Phat Hue, a Vietnamese Buddhist community.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was received at the hotel by the Hessen State Chief Minister, Mr. Roland Koch and the members of the Tibetan and Vietnamese communities welcomed His Holiness.

His Holiness and Mr. Koch jointly addressed the members of the media after their meeting. There were over 130 journalist, photographers and cameramen.

Tomorrow morning His Holiness will lecture on the Buddhist text “The Middle Stages of Meditation” by the great Indian Master Kamalashila at the Commerzbank Arena Stadium in  Frankfurt.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama welcomed by representatives of the organzing committee at the Frankfurt Airport.

Mr. Roland Koch, Chief Minister of State Hesse welcoming His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the hotel

Traditional welcome by the Tibetan Community Germany

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mr. Roland Koch addressing the media people


 

Press release - July 29, 2009

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visiting Germany and Switzerland to Give Talks on World Peace and Give Buddhist Teachings

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be visiting Germany and Switzerland from 29 July to 7 August to give a series of talks on world peace and compassion, participate in seminars on environment, economy, & ethics, and to give Buddhist teachings.

His Holiness will arrive in Frankfurt in Germany on 29 July at the invitation of three organisations based in Germany, Tibethaus Deutschland e.V., Deutsche Buddhistische Union e.V. and Pagoda Phat Hue, a Vietnamese Buddhist community.

His Holiness will be received by the Hessen State Chief Minister, Mr. Roland Koch, at the hotel on 29 July, following which they will jointly address the Press.

On 30 July, the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation & Development, Mrs. Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, and the Mayor Dr. h. c. Petra Roth of Frankfurt will call on His Holiness.

His Holiness will lecture on the Buddhist text “The Middle Stages of Meditation” by the great Indian Master Kamalashila from 30 to 31 July. This text offers inspiration and guidance for the complexities of daily life, which could be practiced by anyone, whether one is a Buddhist or not.

During the weekend of 1 - 2 August, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will take part in three different symposiums under the theme: “One World – One Mind – One Heart.” On 1 August His Holiness will engage in a dialogue on economy and ethics, as well as on the environment.

On 2 August morning, His Holiness and representatives of different religious traditions will speak on “Compassion.” In the afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a public talk on “The Art of living.”

2 Songs for Dalai Lama concert will be held on 1 August evening, where some of Germany’s well known artist will perform.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will travel to Marburg University on 3 August morning, where the university will confer on him an Honorary Doctorate. The Marburg University has been teaching courses on Tibetan Buddhism since 1929.

This is His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 35th visit to Germany, the first of which was in 1973. Germany is the most visited country in Europe by His Holiness, indicating the tremendous public interest in and support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan issue.

On 10 February 2009, His Holiness the Dalai Lama received the Deutsche Medienpreis (the German Media Prize) in Baden Baden. The journalist asked why His Holiness visits Germany so frequently. His Holiness has said, “Ich liebe Deutschland” – I love Germany. His Holiness highly commends German people’s determination and has said that after the Second World War, Germany rose from the ashes and built a very strong democracy and economy for its people.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will then travel to Lausanne, Switzerland, on 3 August afternoon at the invitation of the International Buddhist Rigdzin Community.

On 4 August His Holiness the Dalai Lama will lecture on “Three Principal Aspects of the Path” by the great Tibetan Buddhist Master Je Tsongkhapa. On 5 August morning he will bestow the Medicine Buddha Empowerment. The tickets for the two days event were sold out in June, two months before the visit.

The same morning, the Tibetan Communities in Europe will offer Tenshug (Long Life Prayer) to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition where representatives of the Tibetans residing in different countries in Europe will reaffirm their commitments to His Holiness and strengthen the special bond between them and their leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

There are over 7000 Tibetans living in Europe. In October 1960, the first batch of Tibetan children and refugees were officially re-settled in Switzerland. Today, there are over 4000 Tibetans in Switzerland.

On 5 August afternoon, the President of Vaud canton Mr. Pascal Broulis will meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Thereafter, His Holiness will give a public talk on “World Peace through Inner Peace.” The President of the Swiss Federal Parliament, Mr. Chiara Simoneschi-Cortesi, will call on His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 6 August morning in Lausanne.

On 6 August afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a keynote address to a Sino-Tibetan conference where over 100 Chinese and Tibetan scholars, writers, journalist and advocates will gather in Geneva. The conference is convened by the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association.

“The objective of the conference is to create a better understanding between the two communities and to explore ways for a peaceful solution of the Tibetan issue,” said Mr. Jonathan Sisson of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. “This is in the interest of both the Chinese and the Tibetan peoples,” said Dr. Tashe Thaktsang of the Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association. “In addition, it will serve the long-term development of China and contribute to peace and stability in Asia,” Dr. Thaktsang added.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will return to India on 7 August from Switzerland.

Opportunities for media interviews for Germany visit:

Tseten S. Chhoekyapa (Representative)
Mobile: German No. +49 177 1728 836
29 to 31 July: 7.00am to 8.30am 5pm to 7pm
1 – 2 August: 7.00am to 8.30am 5pm to 7pm
3 August: 6.30am to 8.00am

Opportunities for media interviews for Switzerland visit:

Tseten S. Chhoekyapa (Representative)
Swiss mobile: +41 79 533 93 10
3 August: 6pm to 7pm
4 – 6 August: 7.00am to 8.30am 5pm to 7pm


 

Medienmitteilung, 29. Juli 2009

S. H. der Dalai Lama besucht Deutschland und die Schweiz für Vorträge zum Weltfrieden und zum Buddhismus

Genf, 29. Juli 2009 - S. H. der Dalai Lama wird vom 29. Juli bis zum 7. August 2009 Deutschland und die Schweiz besuchen. Er wird dort Vorträge zum Weltfrieden und zum Mitgefühl halten, an Seminaren zu Fragen von Umwelt, Wirtschaft und Ethik teilnehmen und buddhistische Unterweisungen abhalten.

Der Dalai Lama wird am 29. Juli in Frankfurt am Main eintreffen. Er folgt damit einer gemeinsamen Einladung von drei Organisationen: der Deutschen Buddhistischen Union, dem Tibethaus Deutschland e.V. und der vietnamesischen buddhistischen Pagode Phat Hue.

Am 29. Juli wird der Dalai Lama vom Ministerpräsidenten des Landes Hessen, Roland Koch, empfangen werden. Im Anschluss daran werden beide Persönlichkeiten gemeinsam ein Pressegespräch abhalten.

Am 30. Juli wird der Dalai Lama die Bundesministerin für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, und die Oberbürgermeisterin der Stadt Frankfurt a. M., Petra Roth treffen.

Vom 30. bis 31. Juli wird der Dalai Lama Erläuterungen zu dem klassischen buddhistischen Werk „Stufen der Meditation“ des indischen Meisters Kamalashila geben. Der Text bietet Anregungen und Anleitungen für die vielfältigen Herausforderungen des täglichen Lebens. Jeder Mensch, ob Buddhist oder nicht, kann sie anwenden.

Am Wochenende 1. bis 2. August wird S. H. der Dalai Lama an drei Symposien unter dem Motto „Eine Welt – ein Geist – ein Herz“ teilnehmen. Am 1. August vormittags steht das Thema Ökonomie und Ethik auf dem Programm, am Nachmittag das Thema Umwelt. Am Morgen des 2. August wird sich der Dalai Lama mit Vertretern anderer Religionen über das Thema Mitgefühl austauschen.

Im Anschluss daran wird das tibetische Oberhaupt am Nachmittag des 2. August in Frankfurt einen öffentlichen Vortrag mit dem Titel „Die Kunst des Lebens“ halten.

Alle öffentlichen Veranstaltungen mit dem Dalai Lama finden in der Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt statt.

Am Morgen des 3. August wird der Dalai Lama nach Marburg weiterreisen, um von der Universität die Ehrendoktorwürde zu empfangen. Die Universität Marburg lehrt und forscht seit 1929 zum tibetischen Buddhismus.

Der Dalai Lama besucht Deutschland zum 35. Mal seit seiner ersten Reise im Jahre 1973. Deutschland ist damit das am meisten bereiste Land in Europa des tibetischen Oberhauptes. Dies ist ein Zeichen für das enorme öffentliche Interesse und für die große Unterstützung, die seiner Person und der Tibet-Frage in Deutschland entgegengebracht werden. Am 10. Februar 2009 wurde dem Dalai Lama in Baden-Baden der Deutsche Medienpreis verlie-hen. Auf die Frage eines Journalisten, warum er Deutschland so häufig besuche, antwortete er: „Ich liebe Deutschland.“ Er bewundere die Entschlossenheit und Zielstrebigkeit der Deutschen, mit der sie ihr Land nach der Zerstörung im Zweiten Weltkrieg aus den Ruinen wieder aufgebaut und dabei eine gefestigte Demokratie und ein starkes Wirtschaftssystem errichtet hätten.

Am Nachmittag des 3. August wird S. H. der Dalai Lama in die Schweiz weiterreisen. Er folgt damit einer Einladung der Internationalen Buddhistischen Rigdzin-Gemeinschaft in Lausanne. Dort wird er am 4. August ganztägig buddhistische Unterweisungen zu dem Text „Die Drei Hauptaspekte des Pfades“ des großen tibetischen Meisters Tsongkhapa geben und am Morgen des 5. August eine Initiation in den Buddha der Medizin erteilen. Die Eintrittskarten für diese Veranstaltungen sind ausverkauft.

Im Anschluss daran werden die Tibetergemeinschaften in Europa S. H. dem Dalai Lama ein Langlebens-Gebet (tib. Tenshug) darbringen. Mit diesem traditionellen tibetisch-buddhistischen Ritual wollen die Vertreter der Tibeter aus vielen Ländern Europas ihre Verbindung mit ihrem Oberhaupt stärken. In Europa leben über 7.000 Tibeter, die meisten von ihnen – rund 4000 – in der Schweiz. Die ersten Flüchtlingsgemeinschaften wurden 1960 offiziell in der Schweiz gegründet.

Am Nachmittag des 5. August wird der Präsident des Kantons Waadt, Pascal Broulis, den Dalai Lama empfangen. Im Anschluss wird der Dalai Lama in Lausanne einen öffentlichen Vortrag unter dem Titel „Weltfrieden durch inneren Frieden“ halten. Am Morgen des 6. August wird er mit der Präsidentin des Nationalrats Chiara Simoneschi-Cortesi zusammentreffen.

Am Nachmittag des 6. August wird der Dalai Lama in Genf auf einer internationalen sino-tibetischen Konferenz, an der mehr als einhundert chinesische und tibetische Gelehrte, Publizisten, Journalisten und Juristen teilnehmen, eine Rede halten. Veranstalter sind der Internationale Versöhnungsbund (International Fellowship of Reconciliation, IFOR) und die Gesellschaft Schweizerisch-Tibetische Freundschaft (GSTF).

Laut Jonathan Sisson vom IFOR ist das Ziel der Konferenz, „das Verständnis zwischen der chinesichen und der tibetischen Gesellschaft zu fördern und Wege für eine friedliche Lösung der Tibet-Frage zu finden“. Dr. Tashe Thaktsang von der GSTF betont, dass eine einvernehmliche Lösung im Interesse beider Völker liege: „Sie wird zudem die langfristige Entwicklung Chinas positiv beeinflussen und zu Frieden und Stabilität in Asien beitragen.“

Am 7. August wird S. H. der Dalai Lama aus der Schweiz nach Indien zurückkehren.

Pressekontakt:

für Englisch:
Herr Tseten S. Chhoekyapa, Repräsentant S. H. des Dalai Lama
Mobil: +49 177 172 88 36 (29. Juli – 3. August 2009)
Mobil: +41 79 533 93 10 (ab 3. August 2009)

für Deutsch:
Herr Tenzin D. Sewo
Mobil: +49 175 389 09 76 (29. Juli – 3. August 2009)
Mobil: +41 79 349 24 48 (ab 3. August 2009

 

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