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Dalai Lama "Honorary Citizen" of Budapest, Award Presented By Outgoing Mayor Demszky

September 9, 2010

Budapest Report
September 7, 2010

"For the first time in more than a decade, the
Dalai Lama, the Buddhist leader of religious
officials of the Gelug or “Yellow Hat” branch of
Tibetan Buddhism is scheduled to visit Hungary on Sept 18-19.

Tickets for his lecture are already sold out,
according to reports, as it has sparked
international interest due to the visit marking
his last trip to Europe in 2010.

Despite this, the Lama is not scheduled to meet
Government officials, and will only be
accompanied by his personal bodyguards and staff
of 10. The Lama’s secretary has requested his
residence to be classified, according to Hungarian media reports.

His Holiness was nominated "Honorary Citizen" of
Budapest by the City Council in August. The award
will be presented by outgoing Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky.

"Lama" is a general term referring to Tibetan
Buddhist teachers. In religious terms, the Dalai
Lama is believed by his devotees to be the
rebirth of a long line of tulkus who descend from
the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Traditionally, he
is thought of as the latest reincarnation of a
series of spiritual leaders who have chosen to be
reborn in order to enlighten others. The Dalai
Lama is often thought to be the director of the
Gelug School, but this position belongs
officially to the Ganden Tripa, which is a
temporary position appointed by the Dalai Lama
who, in practice, exerts much influence.

For certain periods of time between the 17th
century and 1959, the Dalai Lamas sometimes
directed the Tibetan Government, which
administered portions of Tibet from Lhasa. From
1959 to 2001, the 14th Dalai Lama controlled the
Central Tibetan Administration (“Tibetan
government in exile”). He has indicated that the
institution of the Dalai Lama may be abolished in
the future, and also that the next Dalai Lama may
be found outside Tibet and may be female.
Source: Wikipedia"

By Tamas S. Kiss, published on www.XpatLoop.com with
the permission of www.BudapestReport.com
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