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Dalai Lama speaks at business leaders' meet in Hyderabad

December 19, 2009

Phayul [Friday, December 18, 2009 21:37]
By Kalsang Rinchen

His Holiness speaks to Tibetans at the ITC Kakatiya hotel in Hyderabad.
Phayul Photo: Tenzin Phende Dengkhim
Dharamsala, December 18 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with the
Tibetan sweater sellers and college students in Hyderabad this morning.
The Tibetan leader told the Tibetan refugees earning livelihood by
selling winter garments that their hard earned money must not be spent
on consumption of alcohol and other wasteful things but towards more
wiser use. He said that the Tibetans must conserve their ancient
cultural heritage which is in danger of elimination in Tibet and that
the sense of 'Tibetanness' wherever one lives should always be in every
Tibetan.

The Tibetan leader advised the college students to work hard in
achieving excellence in education which he said is a very important tool
for development of a people and a nation.

His Holiness also met briefly with the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh,
K. Rosaiah before speaking to the Tibetans at Hotel ITC Kakatiya.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the YPO event. Photo: Tenzin Phende Dengkhim
The Tibetan leader later spoke at a gathering of business leaders on
"The art of happiness in a troubled world" at a conference hall in the
hotel. His Holiness had been invited by Hyderabad chapter of the Young
President's Organisation (YPO), an international body that connects
young presidents and CEOs in a global business network.

His Holiness said he considers himself a "son of India" having spent
over 50 years in the country where Buddhism was born. Lauding the
ancient Indian philosophy, he said that traditional Indian values of
"Ahimsa"(Indian: non violence), brotherhood', love and compassion are
very meaningful even today. He said he was only a "messenger" carrying
these messages from India to the rest of the world.

The winner of 1989 Nobel Peace Prize also expressed his gratitude to the
government and people of India for hosting the Tibetans for over fifty
years and facilitating the development of a vibrant Tibetan community in
India.

His Holiness will attend another event in Gulbarga in Karnataka tomorrow.

based on a report sent by Tenzin Phende Dengkhim
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