Dalai Lama begins visit to Germany

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Hamburg (dpa) - The Dalai Lama began a 10-day visit to Germany on Thursday during which he will take part in a major international gathering of Buddhists in Hamburg.

Hamburg (dpa) - The Dalai Lama began a 10-day visit to Germany on Thursday during which he will take part in a major international gathering of Buddhists in Hamburg.

The spiritual and secular leader of Tibetans arrived by private jet shortly before noon to a welcome by members of the Tibetan Centre in the north German port.

A reception was planned for the afternoon in the town hall where the 72-year-old was due to sign the city's golden book in the presence of Hamburg Mayor Ole von Beust.

On Friday he is due to deliver a the keynote speech at a conference of Buddhist nuns organized by the University of Hamburg.

Highlight of the visit, the Dalai Lama's fifth to Hamburg, is a series of lectures he is to deliver at the weekend to some 30,000 Buddhists from around the world at the Hamburg tennis stadium.

A charismatic figure and noted public speaker, the Dalai Lama will be talking about "Compassion in the globalized world" and discuss the 400 Verses of Indian master Aryadeva.

The Tibetan spiritual leader, who was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1989 for his efforts to achieve a non-violent solution to the Tibetan problem, will also take part in a panel discussion on "Learning peace - the practice of non-violence."

A survey published by the German news magazine Der Spiegel this week showed that Germans like the Dalai Lama more than they do their native-born Pope Benedict XVI.

The Dalai Lama enjoyed a particularly high popularity rating among the young and better educated, according to the survey conducted by the TNS research organization.

DPA

Subject: German news

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