Office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama
September 19th 2010
Hungary, 18 September 2010 - Today Mayor Gabor Demsky of Budapest
conferred Honorary Citizenship to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
at a ceremony held in the City Hall.
Honorary Citizenship award citation declared "The title
of 'Honorary Citizen of Budapest' be conferred upon Tenzin
Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, for preserving cultural
and spiritual traditions as the leader of the people of Tibet,
and for his work for peace and non-violence."
In His Holiness the Dalai Lama's acceptance address, His Holiness
said that he was honored to receive the Honorary Citizenship
Award. He said that there is a special significance in receiving
this award because of Alexander Csoma de Korös, a Hungarian
scholar and a pioneer of Tibetology who authored and published
the first Tibetan-English dictionary.
Today His Holiness also gave teachings to over 11,000 people
at the Budapest Sport Arena. Another 8,000 people from 74
countries watched His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching on
Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism on the internet.
A sold out crowd of 11,000 turned out to hear His Holiness
the Dalai speak in Budapest, Hungary, on September 18th, 2010.
In the morning His Holiness gave a detail teaching on the
foundation of Tibetan Buddhism. In the afternoon, he answered
questions from the audience.
In response to a question, His Holiness said that the transformation
of our destructive emotions is very important. For the last
2,000 years, there has been no change in our emotions. Therefore,
ancient teachings are still relevant and for thousands of
years to come they will remain relevant because of the lack
of change in human emotion. The 7 billion human beings are
the same and have attachments, anger, greed, love, kindness
and all need happiness.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that the essence of Buddhism
is infinite altruism.
After the first day teaching, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
left for the Budapest City Hall where Mayor Mr. Gabor Demsky
welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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