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Budapest plans to honor Dalai Lama: report

August 29, 2010

Phurbu Thinley
Phayul
August 26, 2010

Dharamsala, Aug. 26 -- The city of Budapest plans
to make His Holiness the Dalai Lama an honorary
citizen this year, according to Hungarian media reports.

The Tibetan leader is a popular figure in Hungary
and had made many visits to the country,
Caboodle.hu, Hungary's leading English-language news portal, said.

The list of distinguished people who are to be
honoured by the city has been drawn up by the
municipal assembly in secrecy, but Mayor Gabor
Demszky earlier made it clear that he would
announce the honour when the Dalai Lama visits
Budapest in September, the report added.

The honour is usually handed over by the mayor on
November 17, the day that marks the unification of Buda and Pest.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will spend four days
in the Hungarian capital from September 17-20,
during which he will give Buddhist teachings and
a public address in the Papp László Budapest Sports Arena.

According to the country’s media reports, the
visit will also include meetings with Members of Parliament.

The Dalai Lama has already been to Hungary six
times previously. The last time was in 2000.

His Holiness’ last planned visit in 2008 was
reportedly cancelled due to widespread unrest in Tibet against Chinese rule.

China warns countries against hosting the Dalai
Lama, saying the Tibetan leader is trying to split China.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who is admired
widely, has accused Beijing of misrepresenting
his position on Tibet's independence, saying the
Chinese had privately accepted that he seeks only
autonomy while publicly denouncing him as a separatist.

The Tibetan leader also says that his visits
should not harm the relationship between his
hosts and China, and maintains that the bilateral
ties of his host countries with China should take precedence.

Last year, China warned Paris and Warsaw not to
honor the Tibetan leader with its honorary
citizenship which the Tibetan leader was awarded
despite repeated warnings from China.

PROGRAMME
www.dalailama-budapest.hu/program_en.php

September 18th, Saturday

  9.30 - 11.30 Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Part I.
13.30 - 15.30 Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Part II.

September1 9th, Sunday

  9.30 - 11.30 The Buddha of Compassion (Chenrezi), blessing and initiation
13.30 - 15.30 Compassion: the art of happiness - public teaching, conversation

In order to avoid any delays caused by the
security checks at the venue, we ask participants
to arrive at least 1 hour before the start of the programme.

His Holiness has been giving regular teachings in
Western countries for many years. The programmes
have two parts: the so-called “public teaching”
for people who are not familiar with Buddhist
philosophy, and the "Buddhist teaching" for those
who are more advanced in Buddhist practice.
Finally there will be a special event that is a
part of the Tibetan tradition and practice: the initiation, or blessing.

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TEACHING

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is revered by the
Buddhists as a Buddha. In their view, he is an
enlightened holy man, a prominent spiritual
master of our age, the keeper and realizer of the
highest teachings of the Inner Way. Through his
boundless love and compassion he has a direct,
intimate and deep relationship with the powers of
nature which function in us externally and internally (body, mind and soul).

When the Dalai Lama teaches, he uses the
Enlightened Universal Mind of Wisdom. This is why
he is able to appeal personally to each of his
listeners, in the most appropriate way according
to our personal abilities. Whoever listens to his
Holiness' words carefully (not only with his/her
mind, but with an open heart too) receives the
opportunity and power to gain deep realizations
about himself/herself and the world and in that
holy state he/she will be able to re-establish
his/her life on a new, more fruitful basis. Being
a Buddhist is not a precondition of this. Each of
us can interpret and use the Dalai Lama's
instructions which reveal the deepest universal
human values, beyond religion, in accordance with
our own spiritual and religious practice.


BLESSING

When His Holiness gives a blessing he becomes one
with his innermost nature which is the Buddha of
Love and Compassion of whom he is the
manifestation. In this state of endless love and
compassion he can have a very positive effect
upon the souls of those who accept his love with
genuine openness and devotion. His Holiness' mind
and the participants' open heart can merge in the
experience of the deepest certainty, freedom and
happiness. Some may have a powerful experience,
some may receive simplicity and calmness. All
participants receive the blessing independent of
their feelings. Many people receive deep
realizations and, as a result, are able to see
themselves and their lives more clearly.

Independent of the experiences during the
blessing, such an intimate meeting with His
Holiness leaves a permanent and deep imprint at
the deepest, most unconscious, basic level in our
mind. This is the core of our enlightenment whose
effects will evolve in the near or distant
future. This is like planting a seed that will
germinate and bear fruit. We carry this seed from
one life to another and in the end it leads us to
the fulfillment of perfect happiness, freedom,
love and wisdom which is the realization of our innermost real nature.

The blessing has a universal nature: everybody is
able to receive it independent of religion and
ideology. It calls forth the universal humanity
within us at the innermost, deepest level. It
awakens and strengthens our most basic nature
which is unconditional goodness and genuine humanity.
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