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Dalai Lama named honorary citizen of Budapest

September 21, 2010

September 19, 2010

Budapest, Sep 19 (DPA) -- The Dalai Lama addressed a crowd of
thousands in the Hungarian capital Saturday, the first of two days of
Buddhist teaching in a sports arena.

After his public appearance, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader
travelled to Budapest's town hall, where Mayor Gabor Demszky named
him an honorary citizen of the city.

All of 22,400 tickets to hear the 14th Dalai Lama, who was born
Tenzin Gyatso in 1935, were sold out well in advance of his arrival
Friday evening, organisers said.

Some 90 percent were purchased by non-Buddhists, evidently keen to
see and hear the Nobel Prize-winning religious leader in person.

The Dalai Lama plans to complete his three-day visit to Budapest --
his last scheduled trip to Europe this year -- with a visit to the
Hungarian parliament building Monday.

He will meet senior Hungarian politicians, including Prime Minister
Viktor Orban, and give a speech.
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