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His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching in Lausanne, Switzerland

August 6, 2009

Day 7: Lausanne
Office of Tibet -- Switzerland
August 4, 2009

At the invitation of Namkha Rinpoche and his
buddhist centre, the International Rigdzin
Community, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a
one-day teaching on Lama Tsongkhapa's "The three
principles of the path". The teaching hall was
full packed with 6'500 people coming from various
countries. Before an introduction into Buddhism
and teaching the text itself, His Holiness
explained to the audience the importance of
keeping one's own religion. Thorough
investigation is needed and important before
converting to an other religion or belief.

During the lunch break His Holiness the Dalai
Lama addressed the press. His Holiness explained
his two main life commitments, promotion of human
values and religious harmony which he will carry
on until death. The media people asked His
Holiness about the current situation inside Tibet
and about his hope with regard to resolve of the
Tibet issue. His Holiness said that from a wider
perspective he is hopeful because of the
increasing interest from Chinese people to the
issue of Tibet and their solidarity. Asked about
the Swiss government's position not to meet His
Holiness during this visit, he said that there's
no problem because the purpose of the visit is
religious and in some extent educational. He
further stated that he does not want to create
any inconvenience to the Swiss government.

After the teaching His Holiness the Dalai Lama
addressed the Tibetan community of Switzerland
and Liechtenstein. More than 4'000 Tibetans
attended the audience. His Holiness talked about
the importance of modern education as well as
about ethical behaviours. After the one hour
talk, Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche
addressed the gathering followed by Q&A session.
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