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Thousands converged to listen His Holiness in Portugal

September 16, 2007

Lisbon, Portugal: After successfully concluding a two-day visit to Barcelona, Spain, His Holiness arrived in Lisbon in Porgual on 12 September.

On the same day, His Holiness addressed a press conference at hotel Marriott. Portuguese media questioned its government for not according official reception to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

On 13 September, around 2000 devotees packed the Lisbon university auditorium and still many sat outside, listening to His Holiness' 3-day teaching on Shantideva's A Guide to Boddhisattva's Way of Life (Chodjug).

Later afternoon, His Holiness was visited the Portuguese national parliament and was accorded a welcome reception by Mr. Jaime Gama, the Parliament Speaker.

The Speaker briefed His Holiness about his visit to China and a Buddhist monastery in Beijing. They spoke on freedom of religious belief and practice in China.

His Holiness the also spoke on the Middle-Way Approach to resolve the issue of Tibet.

Later, His Holiness addressed the members of parliament's foreign affairs committee and spoke on three resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly in 1959, 1961 and 1965.

His Holiness also briefed the members on the peaceful round of negotiations between the Central Tibetan Administration and People's Republic of China, emphasizing the importance of the role of parliamentarians of free democratic countries to promote human rights, religious freedom and world peace.

Next day on 14 September, His Holiness met the country's former president, Mr Jorge Sampaio, who also heads an important organization affiliated to the UN.

Later on, His Holiness continued the 3-day teaching with a warm official reception hosted by the Mayor of Lisbon.

His Holiness lauded the mayor's efforts to promoting religious understanding and unity in the city, adding his own meeting with different religious leaders including the Popes and attending inter-faith dialogues.

His Holiness will confer a public talk on the Power of Compassion at Pavilion Atlantico, Lisbon, on 16 September.

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