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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 2010

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 freedom fighters.

“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 Passau, Germany.

Mr. József Ékes - President of Tibet Group in the Parliament leading His Holiness the Dalai Lama inside the Hungarian Parliament

 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 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s concludes two days Tibetan Buddhist teachings

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 Hungarian Parliament.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Chenresig Initiation Preparation

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 group

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a TV interview

His Holiness the Dalai Lama making a point during the Public Talk

11,200 people attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Public Talk - Compassion- The Basis for Happiness

 


 

Budapest (Hungary) - 18 September 2010

Budapest confers Honorary Citizenship to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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 Tibetan-English dictionary.

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 need happiness.

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 Golden-Book

 


 

Budapest (Hungary) - 17 September 2010

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 hotel

A Tibetan in Budapest welcomes His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 


 

Budapest (Hungary) - 17 September 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives in Hungary after 10 years
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 registered.

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.

 

 

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