His Holiness said, "Maybe this unfortunate crisis can be a lesson to start to think about other values of human beings, not only just money," he told a predominantly student audience at Warsaw University.
His Holiness was welcomed at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport by Mr Jaroslaw Jozwiak, Director Office of the Mayor of Warsaw, Ms Beata Bublewicz, Chair of Polish Parliamentary Group for Tibet and Mr Tsering Tashi, Representative of His Holiness at the Office of Tibet in London. His Holiness met with the University of Warsaw Rector professor Katarzyna Cha?asi?ska-Macukow and other senior University officials and he also visited the 1944 Warsaw Rising Museum.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama said "What have we learned? In money matters we need truth, honesty -- transparency is very essential, of course my knowledge, experience in the financial field is zero. Of course one, thing I know: money is important. Without money you can't survive."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is visiting Warsaw from 27 to 29 July 2009. His Holiness' upcoming visit is primarily at the invitation of the Mayor of Warsaw and the Warsaw City Council to receive an honorary citizenship of Warsaw but His Holiness has also accepted the invitation of the University of Warsaw to give a public talk. Rector of the University, professor Katarzyna Cha?asi?ska-Macukow in her letter inviting His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the University of Warsaw had written, "we would be greatly honoured if Your Holiness, who is recognized throughout the world as one of our few true moral authorities, would kindly address the academic community - scholars and students, as well as citizens of Warsaw."
Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama was granted a symbolic status of an honorary citizen of Warsaw after an unanimous vote from local councilors on 28 May.
China accuses the exile Tibetan leader of seeking independence for Tibet from Chinese rule and considers any official meeting with the leader as meddling in China's internal affairs. His Holiness says he only wants a great autonomy for Tibet, but the Warsaw's decision may well draw a strong criticism from China.