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University of Marburg confers Honorary Doctorate degree to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

August 5, 2009

Day 6: Marburg & Lausanne,
Tibet Office -- Switzerland
August 3, 2009

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has received today an
honorary doctorate of the University of Marburg,
Germany from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and
Culture. Since its inception in 1845, the
Department of Indian and Tibetan studies in
Marburg has always been fairly small, but quite
productive. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hanneder of the
Faculty said in his laudation, that it is quite
unknown in this context, that His Holiness the
Dalai Lama himself made the first contact to
Marburg in the seventies to change the situation,
that is, by offering to send lecturers of Tibetan to Marburg.

Prof. em. Dr. Eckhard Bangert (Bhikkhu Pasadika)
said: "As for the scientific achievements and
merits relating to H.H. the Dalai Lama and his
ushering in a tremendous advancement of
knowledge, education and, in particular, of
Indo-Tibetology, one essential precondition for
these facts and developments should be mentioned
which, again, was due to His Holiness, namely the
drafting of a constitution for the people of
Tibet. He made this momentous decision fifty
years ago, soon after his departure from Tibet
and arrival in India, thanks to his great
perception of the changing circumstances of the
modern world and also having certainly been
keenly aware of the historical Buddha’s
preference for democratic and republican
principles as can be gleaned from the canonical
juridical texts pertaining to monastic discipline."

Visit the website of the University of Marburg
for pictures and transcripts of the speeches

After the speeches by the University His Holiness
the Dalai Lama adressed the 330 guests,
explaining his three life commitments followed by
a question and answer session.

In the afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
departed from Marburg for Lausanne, Switzerland
where he will give teaching on "The three
principle aspects of the path" on 4 August 2009.
In Lausanne, His Holiness has been received at
the airport by representatives of Tibetan
organizations based in Switzerland as well as by
the organizers of the teachings, the
International Rigdzin Community. In front of the
hotel, His Holiness was greeted by about 200
people with a traditional Tibetan welcome ceremony.
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