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His Holiness the Dalai Lama?s July 2009 visit to Poland

July 28, 2009

Issued by the Office of Tibet, London
July 24, 2009
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is visiting Warsaw, the capital of the
Republic of Poland, from 27 to 29 July 2009. His Holiness? upcoming
visit is primarily at the invitation of the Mayor of Warsaw and the
Warsaw City Council to receive an honorary citizenship of Warsaw. His
Holiness has also accepted the invitation of the University of Warsaw to
give a public talk.
On 29 July the Mayor of Warsaw and Warsaw City Council will present His
Holiness the Dalai Lama with the Honorary Citizenship of Warsaw at a
ceremony to be held at the Royal Castle. An EuAsiaNews report of 23 July
quoted Mayor of Warsaw, Ms Ms Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz as saying, ?It
will be a great privilege to receive him and honour him with the
honorary citizenship of Warsaw.? Following the awarding of the Honorary
Citizenship, His Holiness with Mayor of Warsaw and the Chairwoman of the
Warsaw City Council Ms Ewa Malinowska-Grupinska will jointly address the
media and respond to questions from reporters at a meeting with the press.
In the morning of 28 July, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a
public talk at the University of Warsaw on ?Value of Education &
Universal Responsibility? to an audience of scholars, students and other
invited guests of the University followed by a question and answer
session. Prior to the talk, His Holiness will meet with the University
of Warsaw Rector Prof Katarzyna Chalasinska-Macukow, other senior
University officials and special guests. In her letter inviting His
Holiness the Dalai Lama to the University of Warsaw, the Rector had
written, ?we would be greatly honoured if Your Holiness, who is
recognized throughout the world as one of our few true moral
authorities, would kindly address the academic community ? scholars and
students, as well as citizens of Warsaw.?
His Holiness will also attend an official lunch on 28 July hosted by the
Mayor of Warsaw and the Chairwoman of the Warsaw City Council. The same
afternoon the Warsaw City Council has arranged for His Holiness the
Dalai Lama to visit the Warsaw Rising Museum, the museum built in memory
of and to honour the Warsaw 1944 Rising.
Besides the programmes hosted by the Warsaw City and University, His
Holiness has accepted the request and invitation from Ven Dr Tenzin
Jangchub to open his Traditional Tibetan Herbal Health Clinic Co Ltd.
His Holiness will open the clinic in the afternoon of 28 July following
his visit to the Warsaw Rising Museum. The opening will be attended by
Mr Pawel Trzcinski, President of the Polish Society on Health
Communication and Dr Konstanty Radziwill, President of European Chamber
of Doctors amongst other guests.
Mr. Tsering Tashi, the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at
the Office of Tibet in London, said: ?The Polish people?s respect for
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and sympathy for the just Tibetan cause is
overwhelming and comes naturally from their own experience of having
suffered so much under foreign occupation and totalitarian communist
regime. In the course of my interaction with officials from the Warsaw
City, University of Warsaw and others it became obvious how much they
were all looking forward to His Holiness? visit and gaining from his
message of peace, non-violence, tolerance and hope. The Warsaw City
Council?s decision to present His Holiness with the honorary citizenship
clearly reflects the popular public opinion in Poland to honour His
Holiness and all the work that he does for Tibet and humanity at large?.
His Holiness will leave Warsaw for Germany in the afternoon of 29 July.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama?s visit to Poland next week will be his
fourth following his earlier visits in 1993, 2000 and 2008. The visit is
being co-ordinated by the Office of Tibet in London, the official agency
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration
for Northern Europe, Poland and the Baltic States.
Contact Details:
Chonpel Tsering (Mr)
Secretary & Press/Information Officer
The Office of Tibet, London
Mobile: +44 (0)7823 775 607
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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