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Pull up your socks: Dalai Lama

September 30, 2010

Ágnes Lukács
The Budapest Times
September 28, 2010

Life not easy but pure heart solves woes: Buddhist

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."
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