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His Holiness receives University of Warsaw Medal for promoting peace and ethics

July 31, 2009

The Office of Tibet, London

Warsaw, 28 July: His Holiness the Dalai Lama's first public engagement
for this current visit to Poland took place this morning with a talk at
the University of Warsaw on "Value of Education & Universal
Responsibility". The university's new and modern hall was packed with
its members of staff, students and invited guests and more than 100
members of the public watched His Holiness' talk on live television feed
in a separate room.

Prior to the public talk, His Holiness was welcomed by the University
Rector, Prof Katarzyna Chalasinska-Macukow who thanked the Tibetan Nobel
Peace Laureate for accepting their invitation to visit and address the
university students, staff and the general public.

His Holiness in his talk said that the real purpose of education is to
lead a meaningful and happy life and that this should permeate within
the family, society and ultimately to the whole of humanity. His
Holiness also spoke about the importance of moral values and said that a
compassionate person was found to be happier and had a healthy state of

The Tibetan spiritual and temporal leaders also stressed that education
with warm-heartedness brought inner strength, self-confidence and that
such a person was able to deal with other people much more openly and
truthfully. He said basically we are all same human being who want
happiness and do not want suffering. His Holiness said differences based
on nationalities and race was not that important because even at an
individual and family level we have many differences and way of thinking.

His Holiness said that so long as human beings remain there are bound to
be differences and this is why he believes in the importance of
Universal Responsibility for the larger well being of the humanity as a
whole. His Holiness said the best way to overcome differences is through
dialogue and understanding the view point of the other person.

The Tibetan leader later answered questions from the audience ranging
from the current global economic crisis to the recent demonstrations in
Eastern Turkestan and how young student journalists can help highlight
the issue of Tibet. His Holiness expressed his appreciation for the
Polish people for their good motivation to help and support Tibet and
asked the Polish people to visit Tibet to find out whether the official
Chinese statements of the Tibetans inside Tibet enjoying a happy life
was true or not.

The public talk event concluded with the University's Rector presenting
His Holiness with the Medal of the University and citation that said
that the Medal of the University was being conferred to His Holiness "in
recognition of His Holiness' great contribution to education for peace
and ethics based on love and compassion and for being a great moral
inspiration to the world community."

In the afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the Warsaw Rising
Museum where the Director of the Museum Mr Jan O?dakowski showed His
Holiness around the exhibition which recounts the story of the Warsaw
rising of 1944 against occupation. His Holiness' presence at the Museum
drew a large contingent of Polish media and many members of the public.
Following the tour, His Holiness signed the Museum's visitor book and
also answered a few questions from the assembled media.

His Holiness said the visit to the museum was moving and showed how much
sacrifice the people of Poland had to make to regain their freedom and
independence. He said he admired their determination of the Polish
people and their sense of solidarity with other oppressed people in the
world, including the Tibetans.

His Holiness later in the afternoon opened Ven Dr Tenzin Jangchub's
Tibetan Herbal Health Clinic Co Ltd, the first such clinic in Warsaw in
the presence of some Polish medical figures and invited guests. This was
followed by an impromptu visit to the Church of St Stanislaw Kostka at
the invitation of Father Czelaw Banaszkiewicz. Upon arriving at the
church, His Holiness laid a khatak at the tomb of Father Jerzy
Popieluszko who is revered in Poland for his sermon's calling for the
country's freedom during its Communist era and who was murdered by
Communist's security agents in 1984.

The Tibetan Nobel Peace Laureate earlier attended an official lunch
hosted by the Mayor of Warsaw, Ms Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz and the
Chairwoman of the Warsaw City Council Ms Ewa Malinowska-Grupinska.
Tomorrow His Holiness will be awarded the honorary citizenship of Warsaw
at a function in the Royal Castle that is to be also attended by the
former Polish President and Nobel Peace Laureate Mr. Lech Walesa.

Throughout the day's engagements, His Holiness spoke of the respect
which he held the Polish people for the strength and determination that
they have shown in their struggle for freedom and in establishing
democracy following a long period of authoritarian Communist rule. Where
ever His Holiness went there was a large outpouring of support and
respect towards His Holiness from the Polish public. The media too
followed His Holiness at all these events.
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