I Lost Freedom at 16 and Country at 24, Said His Holiness the Dalai Lama

September 20th 2010

Budapest, Hungary, 20 September, 2010 - “At 16 years-old I lost my freedom and at the age of 24, I lost my country”, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama during an address to the Members of the Hungarian Parliament and invited guests this morning. “Last 51 years, I remained a refugee.”


His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses Members of the Hungarian Parliament on September 20th, 2010. Photo/Gáti Kornél

His Holiness spoke about the October 1956 Hungarian revolution against the Soviet rule. He said at that time he was in Tibet but emotionally felt very close to those freedom fighters. 

“Power of justice is more powerful than power of gun. It (the power of gun) is only a temporary power. It cannot crush the power of truth,” said His Holiness. He further said that the Tibetan issue cannot be solved through suppression. His Holiness reiterated that the Tibetans are not seeking separation from China but a mutually beneficial solution to the Tibetan issue – genuine autonomy.
 
The Hungarian Parliament rolled out the red carpet for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The President of the Hungarian Parliament’s Tibet Group and the Deputy leader of the LMP, the new political party in Hungary, received His Holiness at the Central Entrance of the Parliament. Also the Chairperson of the Parliament’s Human Rights Committee called on His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
 

Mr. József Ékes- President of Tibet Group in the Parliament leading His Holiness the Dalai Lama inside the Hungarian Parliament . Photo/Gáti Kornél
Ms. Szabo Timea the Deputy leader of the LMP said,  “We are here to express our full support for the Tibetan causes. We’ll support regional general autonomy to preserve Tibetan culture and identity dating back to thousands of years.” She is also the Deputy Chair Parliamentary Committee of Human Rights.
 
The LMP also express great concern about Tibetan environment and the impact by the climate change. His Holiness  encouraged the Hungarian MPs to visit Tibet to see the situation for themselves.
 
In the afternoon His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed students and members of the faculty of Central European University.  The University has students from 100 countries and faculty from 40 Countries.
 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses students and members of the faculty of Central European University. on September 20th, 2010. Photo/Gáti Kornél
Tomorrow morning, His Holiness leaves for Passau, Germany.
 

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