A common space for harmonic peacemakers
Zurich (Switzerland), 10 April 2010
Over 10,000 people filled Zurich city’s largest hall Hallenstadion yesterday afternoon to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak on Universal 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.
His Holiness arriving for his public talk in Zurich
After the public talk, His Holiness the Dalai Lama took few questions from the audience. In response to a question on the present situation in Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “We are not seeking one side win and oneside loose. 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.
Over 10'500 people listened to His Holiness public talk
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. Over 4,000 Tibetans were present.
President (left) and Vice-President (right) listening to His Holiness address to the Tibetan community
In his opening remark, 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. His Holiness 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 emphasised that the public service combined with your professional commitment was important.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama 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 the Dalai Lama 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 the Dalai Lama.