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Tibetan Communities in Europe offers Tenshug (Long Life Ceremony) to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

August 7, 2009

Day 8: Lausanne
Office of Tibet -- Switzerland
August 5, 2009

Lausanne, Aug 5 --This morning His Holiness the
Dalai Lama was received in front of the teaching
hall by Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, the
abbot of the Rikon Tibet Institute, Tibetan
members of the Parliament,  15 Presidents and
representatives of various Tibetan communities in
Europe.  The members of the Tibetan Community of
Switzerland and Liechtenstein’s traditional dance
group performed the traditional Tibetan welcome
dance as His Holiness slowly walked towards the
teaching hall. Tibetans dressed in traditional
Tibetans costumes filed on both sides of the
walkway. As His Holiness entered the teaching
hall, over 150 young Tibetans from the Tibetan
languages schools across Switzerland sang a welcome song in Tibetan.

His Holiness started the day’s teaching with
self-preparation before giving initation of
Medicine Buddha to over 6500 people attending the
teachings. After the initiation, the Tibetan
communities in Europe offered a Long Life
Ceremony (Tenshug) to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

During the lunch break, His Holiness the Dalai
Lama given two interviews to the Swiss National TV’s agenda setting programs.

In the afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
held a public talk called "World peace through
inner peace" followed by a question and answer session.

The Lausanne visit ended today.  The event was sold out since 2 months before.

Tomorrow, His Holiness will travel to Geneva
where he will give a keynote address at the
Sino-Tibetan Conference. Over 100 Tibetan and
Chinese scholars, writers, journalist, advocates
and social workers  from all over the world are
attending this unique conference on Tibet. The
conference will be from 6 -8 August 2009 and is
convened by the International Fellowship of
Reconciliation and the Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association.

"The objective of the conference is to create a
better understanding between the two communities
and to explore ways for a peaceful solution of
the Tibetan issue,” said Mr. Jonathan Sisson of
the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.
“This is in the interest of both the Chinese and
the Tibetan peoples,” said Dr. Tashe Thaktsang of
the Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association. "In
addition, it will serve the long-term development
of China and contribute to peace and stability in Asia," he added.
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