Dharamshala: - The spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Dharamshala on Wednesday 20 August for Germany where he will give a series of public talks on peace, compassion, and secular ethics.
The Nobel laureate is scheduled to begin his itinerary in Hamburg with a discussion on 'Human values in our lives' on August 23, organized by the Tibetan Centre in Hamburg.
His Holiness will also give teachings from the text "A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life" on August 24 and 25. The Lectures about Buddhism are aimed at all Buddhists and all those interested in Buddhist philosophy, lifestyle and meditation, according to the organiser.
In the morning of the next day, His Holiness will confer an Avalokiteshvera Initiation (Tibetan: chenresig wang jigten wangchuk). 'This ritual is a prerequisite in order to subsequently meditate on this deity. Through this meditation the participants can develop their compassion and further strengthen it in their daily practice.'
The organiser advizes that 'this ritual is particularly intended for Buddhists, especially students of the Dalai Lama. Of course, Non-Buddhists are also invited to attend, exempt from any obligations.'
The Tibet Initiative Deutschland (TID)– which was founded 25 years ago as a political organization with volunteer activists throughout Germany - advocated for the Tibetan people's right to self-determination said TID and the Association of Tibetans in Germany, will jointly welcome as guest of honour His Holiness the Dalai Lama on August 26th at Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. The event will be opened with a performance by the Tibetan singer Sonam Yangchen.
This is His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 38th visit to Germany, the first of which was in 1973. Germany is the most visited country in Europe by His Holiness, indicating the tremendous public interest in and support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the issue of Tibet.