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17september20101
Budapest — His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in the Hungarian capital Budapest yesterday (September 17) to give a two-day teaching session. During his visit, he will address 22,400 Hungarian and foreign followers and speak before the Hungarian parliament.

Mayor Gabor Demsky welcomed His Holiness at Budapest airport, where he received VIP treatment. His Holiness told a TV station he remembered the October 1956 Hungarian revolution, which took place while he was still living in Tibet. He said he admired the Hungarian spirit of freedom and felt solidarity with those who had rebelled against the Soviet government.

Hungary's connection with Tibet dates back to the pioneer of Tibetology, K?rösi Csoma Sándor, who wrote the first Tibetan-English dictionary in 1824 after visiting the region. This is his Holiness' seventh visit to the country - his first being in 1982.

Tickets for the teachings, being held in a sports arena, have sold out, and 14,000 people from 74 countries having registered to watch the event live at www.esoguru.com
. The webcast will be available in six languages (English, German, Russian, Romanian, Slovak and Hungarian).

Following a unanimous vote of the city council on August 26, Mayor Demszky will confer the title of Honorary Citizen on His Holiness. On Monday, his Holiness will deliver a speech to the Hungarian parliament and students of the Central European University of Budapest. He will also meet MPs, members of the Hungary-Tibet Friendship Association and Laszlo Tokes, Vice-President of the European Parliament.

His Holiness will leave for Passau, Germany, on September 21.

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