Over 10,000 People Attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Public Talk

April 12th 2010

Zurich, Switzerland, April 12th, 2010 - Over 10,000 people filled Zurich city’s largest hall Hallenstadion yesterday afternoon to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak on Universal
His Holiness greets the audience at the public talk. (Photo courtesy/Manuel Bauer)

Responsibility and the Economy. The program started with the Tibetan language schools’ children singing a Tibetan song in front of His Holiness and the audience.

After the public talk, His Holiness took a few questions from the audience. In response to a question on the present situation in Tibet, His Holiness said, “We are not seeking one side win and one side lose. We are seeking mutual benefit (for China and Tibet) through dialogue.”

His Holiness said that there must be transparency in China as the one billon Chinese people have the right to know the truth and making judgements for themselves.

Following the public talk, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Mr. Penpa Tsering and Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche addressed the Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Also, Presidents and Vice-Presidents of Tibetan communities across Europe will be presented during this event. In total there were Over 4,000 Tibetans present.

His Holiness greets the Tibetan community. (Photo courtesy/ Manuel Bauer)

In his opening remarks, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that this must be the largest gathering of Tibetans in Switzerland. He congratulated the Tibetans for maintaining the Tibetan way of life in Switzerland and he expressed his appreciation to the older generation for giving good guardian to the younger generation in maintaining the Tibetan religion, culture, language and identity. He also emphasised that the public service combined with your professional commitment was important.

His Holiness said that the reason why we are in exile hasn’t changed and we cannot forget this. “The situation in Tibet faced by fellow Tibetans is very serious and dangerous. They have great expectation from us in exile. We can never fort this,” said His Holiness.

His Holiness said that we became refugees not because of civil war or disaster, but a new guest came to Tibet without invitation.

“Till we die, we are Tibetan,” said His Holiness.
 

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