Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Pull up your socks: Dalai Lama
Budapest Times - Written by Ágnes Lukács
Tendzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, left Hungarians with
a message of peace when he departed from Budapest last Tuesday.
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader spent four days in Hungary
teaching about the path to inner calm and happiness. In his
lectures and discussions he also spoke about the common ground
between the world’s religions and even addressed the economic
crisis, which he attributes to human weaknesses.
He received the title of honorary citizen of Budapest from
city mayor Gábor Demszky, who spoke of the impression the
spiritual leader had already made ahead of his visit to
Budapest. “For a moment a spirit of peace and cooperation, where
party affiliations and other differences play no role, prevailed
in the city hall,” Demszky said, describing the session when the
council voted on the Dalai Lama’s honorary citizenship.
On Monday the Dalai Lama visited parliament to speak to
representatives of the Hungarian-Tibetan Circle of Friends about
questions of autonomy and life in exile. The Dalai Lama said it
was understandable that there was no official meeting with the
country’s political dignitaries. “It is not my intention to
cause difficulties for the country or its politicians,” he said,
in the knowledge that politicians generally do not want to raise
the hackles of their important trade partner, China. Accordingly
the Dalai Lama also spoke with great understanding about the
quarrels between Tibet and China.
Those who attended his lectures could realise that the best
advice is the simplest advice. The Dalai Lama left Hungarians
with a message of peace and his opinion on how the country can
recover from its economic misery. “I have heard that Hungary’s
economic situation is not too good but you mustn’t give up.
Nobody has said that life is easy. You have to work hard but
with optimism. The solution won’t simply fall from the sky,” he
said with a smile. The whole country needed to join forces and
work with confidence if Hungary was to recover from its plight.
Going on to speak about the world economic crisis and its
causes, he surprisingly gave an answer as to how the crisis in
general can be solved: with honesty and a pure heart, two
concepts rarely associated with the world of finance. “Human
weaknesses were essentially to blame for the financial crisis:
greed, speculation, ignorance and fear. It is necessary to
operate in the world of business too with honesty, sense and a
pure heart, and then everything will turn out well,” the Dalai
Lama told the press in parliament.
Asked whether he could help Hungarians make the right
decision in the coming local elections, the Dalai Lama said that
the “right leaders act with a pure heart and have a vision
before their eyes”. Finding out who satisfies that principle was
also the responsibility of journalists. “People try to show
their best side to the outside world but behind the facade their
real face is hidden. You are media representatives, so you
should be like elephants with huge trunks, with which you can
smell politicians, businesspeople and other personalities
equally well from the front and behind. And if you catch wind of
something, then you most report on it honestly and objectively.”
Budapest (Hungary) - 20 September
I lost freedom at 16 and country at 24, said His Holiness
the Dalai Lama
“At 16 years-old I lost my freedom and at the age of 24, I
lost my country”, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama during an
address to the Members of Hungarian Parliament and invited
guests this morning. “Last 51 years, I remained a refugee.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke about the October 1956
Hungarian revolution against the Soviet rule. He said at that
time he was in Tibet but emotionally felt very close to those
“Power of justice is more powerful than power of gun. It
(power of gun) is only a temporary power. It cannot crush the
power of truth,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He further
said that the Tibetan issue cannot be solved through suppression.
His Holiness reiterated that the Tibetans are not seeking
separation from China but a mutually beneficial solution to the
Tibetan issue – genuine autonomy.
The Hungarian Parliament rolled out the red carpet for His
Holiness the Dalai Lama. The President of the Hungarian
Parliament’s Tibet Group and the Deputy leader of the LMP, the
new political party in Hungary received His Holiness the Dalai
Lama at the Central Entrance of the Parliament. Also the
Chairperson of the Parliament’s Human Rights Committee called on
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Ms. Szabo Timea the Deputy leader of the LMP said, “We are
here to express our full support for the Tibetan causes. We’ll
support the regional general autonomy to preserve Tibetan
culture and identity dating back to thousands of years.” She is
also the Deputy Chair Parliamentary Committee of Human Right
The LMP also express great concern about Tibetan environment
and the impact by the climate change.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama encouraged the Hungarian MPs to
visit Tibet to see the situation for themselves.
In the after His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed the
students and members of the faculty of Central European
University. The University has students from 100 countries and
faculty from 40 Countries.
Tomorrow morning, His Holiness the Dalai Lama leaves for
Mr. József Ékes - President of Tibet Group in the
Parliament leading His Holiness the Dalai Lama inside the
Mr. Thomas Lukács, the Chairman of the Human Rights
Committee greetng His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Ms Timea Szabo, the Deputy Parliamentary Group Leader of
LMP and Vice-Chairperson of Human Rights Committee
His Holiness the Dalai lama with the Leader and Deputy
Leader of the LMP - New Political Party in Hungary
His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses students and staff
at Central European Unviersity
Meet the Press at the Hungairan Parliament
Budapest (Hungary) - 19 September
His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s concludes two days Tibetan
This evening His Holiness the Dalai Lama concluded two days
of Tibetan Buddhist teaching in Budapest. Over 22,400 tickets
were sold for the two days event. In additional, over 45,000
people watched live webcast over the weekend.
During the Avalokiteshvera (Buddha of Compassion) Initiation
this morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “When you mediate,
try to think of kindness and warm heart. Try to develop them.”
In the afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke on
Compassion: The Art of Happiness. In his address, His Holiness
said anger, fear and mistrust make it difficult for human beings
to carry out our normal function. He said more altruistic
feeling is best for good health and peace. This way we can
promote good human value.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama answered questions from the
audience including one or two questions gathered from those
watching the live webcast of the teachings and public talk.
The Indian Ambassador and the Mongolian Ambassador in
Budapest as well as Vienna called on His Holiness the Dalai Lama
today. Tomorrow His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit the
His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Chenresig
Audience at the Chenresig Initiation
Group audience for the volunteers of Budapest teachings
Group audience for Budapest visit organizing committee
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Monglian Ambassador and
His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a TV interview
His Holiness the Dalai Lama making a point during the
11,200 people attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Public
Talk - Compassion- The Basis for Happiness
Budapest (Hungary) - 18 September
Budapest confers Honorary Citizenship to His Holiness the
Today Mayor Gabor Demsky of Budapest conferred the Honorary
Citizenship to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the City Hall.
The Honorary Citizenship award citation declared “The title
of ‘Honorary Citizen of Budapest’ be conferred upon Tenzin
Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for Preserving cultural
and spiritual traditions as the leader of the people of Tibet,
and his work for peace and non-violence.”
In His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s acceptance address, His
Holiness said that he was honored to receive the Honorary
Citizenship Award. He said that there is a special significance
because of Alexander Csoma de Kőrös, a Hungarian scholar and a
pioneer of Tibetology who authored and published the first
Today His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave teaching to over
11,000 people at Budapest Sport Arena. Another 8,000 people from
74 countries watched His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teaching on
Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism on the internet.
In the morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a detail
teaching on the foundation of Tibetan Buddhism. In the afternoon,
His Holiness answered questions from the audience.
In response to a question His Holiness the Dalai Lama said
that the important thing is the transformation of our
destructive emotions. Last 2000 years, there has been no change
in our emotions. Ancient teachings are still relevant and for
thousands of years to come it will remain relevant because there
is no change in human emotion. The 7 billion human beings are
the same and have attachments, anger, greed, love, kindness and
His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that the essence of Buddhism
is infinity altruism.
After the first day teaching, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
left for the Budapest City Hall where Mayor Mr. Gabor Demsky
welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Budapest Mayor Mr. Gabor Demsky welcomes His Holiness on
arrival at the City Hall
Mayor Mr. Gabor Demsky speaking at the Honorary
Citizenship Award ceremony with Tibetan flag in the background
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's address at the City Hall
His Holiness the Dalai Lama signing the Budapest City
Budapest (Hungary) - 17 September
Budapest Mayor welcomes His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Mayor Mr. Gabor Demsky (left) welcomed His Holiness the Dalai
Lama on arrival at the Budapest airport. The City Hall made the
airport VIP Lounge arrangements. Mr. Gabor Demsky had first met
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1992.
The small Tibetan community of about 10 Tibetans and
Mongolians along with hundreds of Hungarian welcomes His
Holiness the Dalai Lama in front of the hotel. The security
arrangements for the visit was very tight.
On arrival at the hotel, His Holiness the Dalai Lama told a
Hungarian TV that he remembers the October 1956 Hungarian
revolution while he was still in Tibet. He said he admired the
spirit of freedom and left in solidarity with those Hungarians.
Tomorrow His Holiness the Dalai Lama will teach on
Introduction of Tibetan Buddhism with special emphasize on Eight
Verses for Training the Mind. This is one of the most important
texts from a genre of Tibetan spiritual writings known as the
lo-long, literally ‘transforming the mind’. Written by the
eleventh-century Tibetan master Langri Thangpa.
This famous verses deal with the practices associated with
cultivating the method aspect of the path such as compassion,
altruism, aspiration to attain Buddhahood, and so on. The eighth
verse deals with the practices that are directed toward
cultivating the wisdom aspect of the path. As the tickets for
the two days events have been completely sold – 22,400, as of 17
September evening, about 14,000 people from 74 countries have
registered to watch the teaching live on the internet.
Mongolians line up to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Tibetan Community and Mongolians from the Republic of
Kalmykia welcoming His Holiness the Dalai Lama in front of the
A Tibetan in Budapest welcomes His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Budapest (Hungary) - 17 September
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives in Hungary after 10
22,400 tickets sold for the two days event
The Tibet Bureau, Geneva
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will today arrive in Budapest
after 10 years at the invitation of the Tibetan Buddhist
organisations and Hungarian Parliament’s Tibet Group. His
Holiness the Dalai Lama last visited Budapest in 2000.
Tickets were sold out for the two days event a month before
His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit. 22,400 tickets – each day
11,200 tickets were sold. Everyday the ticket office have been
receiving request for tickets. They estimate that at least 5,000
additional tickets could have been sold.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give teachings on
Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism on 18 September and
Avalokiteshvera - Buddha of Compassion Initiation on 19
September morning. In the afternoon a public talk on Compassion:
The Art of Happiness.
People from 32 countries have purchased tickets for the two
days event. Large numbers of people are arriving from Russia,
Romanian and Transylvania. According to the Visit Organizers,
just 10% of the ticket buyers are Buddhists and 90% of the
attendees are coming to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama
regardless of their religion or beliefs.
Live webcast of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s two days
teachings and the public talk can be watched on
www.esoguru.com. The webcast will be available in six
languages (English, German, Russian, Romanian, Slovak and
Hungarian). The Visit’s Organising Committee hopes that the live
webcast will enable a greater number of people across the world
to join on this auspicious occasion of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama’s teachings. Already 12,000 people from 73 countries have
The City of Budapest on 18 September evening will present the
Honorary Citizenship Award to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the
City Hall. The City’s General Assembly unanimously voted on 26
August to present the Award to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
On 20 September morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama will
visit the Parliament at the invitation of the Hungary
Parliament’s Tibet Group and the LMP party. His Holiness the
Dalai Lama will address invited Members of the Parliament and
other guest at the Upper House of the Parliament.
As during His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 2000 visit, he will
address the members of the faculty and students of Central
European University on 20 September afternoon.
The special relationship between Hungary and Tibet started
about 200 years. In 1824, Alexander Csoma de Kőrös, a Hungarian
scholar and a pioneer of Tibetology authored and published the
first Tibetan-English dictionary. He studied Tibetan while
living at Zangla Monastery in Zanskar. Later he compiled a
Tibetan Grammar book.
This is His Holiness’ seventh visit to Hungary. The first one
was in 1982. His Holiness the Dalia Lama will leave on 21
September morning and travel to Passau, Germany.