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A little more enlightenment

By Eva Eusterhus, Welt Online, 6th January 2010 - The 12th Gyalwang Drukpa starts his visit to Germany in Hamburg - and Ole von Beust is preparing a grand reception to the Buddhist dignitary. Click to download original German article in PDF format or view article at source.

The spiritual leader of Tibetan Drukpa Order, His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, yesterday launched his first visit in Hamburg, Germany. Mayor Ole von Beust (CDU) received the Buddhist dignitaries at City Hall. Then His Holiness followed the example of the Dalai Lama by writing a comment in the Golden Book of the city. "Love and compassion may rise to the sky and return as a rain of blessing to us," he wrote in Sanskrit in the Golden Book. The Order is known as the Drukpa school of Tibetan Buddhism and it is also the state religion of Bhutan. Worldwide, approximately four million people are among the followers of the Order. The key objective of the Order is the practical application of Buddhist teachings in everyday life.

Beust, Mayor of the Buddhist leader gave an illustrated book about Hamburg. In return he received a Katak, a white scarf for good luck and blessings. "Nature is close to collapse. It is therefore very important that we preserve it," said the 46-year-old Holiness. Furthermore, he had also spoken with the mayor. "I hope that the Germans know how happy they can be that they were born in such a peaceful country."

The Dalai Lama, who came two years ago and left his writing in the Golden Book of the city, is his teacher and role model, whom he meets three or four times a year. "We must exert all our lives with love, compassion and wisdom." At the reception were the President of the Hamburg Parliament, Berndt Roder, the European representative of the International Drukpa Order, Drubpon Ngawang Tenzin.

During his visit, His Holiness also holds talks and Buddhist teachings in the Curiohaus. Last night he said something about "Is Buddhism a religion?", now he goes to the question "What is worth living?". Tomorrow he will continue his trip to Munich.

Originally based in Asia, Buddhism is growing in popularity in the West, also in the Hanseatic city, which is now one of the leading cities of Western Buddhism. The reception of His Holiness was organized by the Drukpa Hamburg. "Since we are dealing with a great and important Buddhist master, it requires the courtesy to receive him accordingly - and the city of Hamburg is pleased to fulfill this wish," said Senate spokeswoman Kristin Breuer.