What is happiness for rich and poor

Dalai Lama : For happiness and against poverty

Hamburg - It sounds so easy: Be happy. Be tolerant. Help each other. This is the message of the Dalai Lama, who has been a guest in Hamburg since Thursday, where tens of thousands of visitors are expected to attend lectures and seminars over the next few days. With his simple-sounding formulas, the 72-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate in a dark red monk's habit and flip flops calls on the rich people and countries of the world to take greater responsibility for the poor. "We have to pay more attention to narrowing the gap between rich and poor," said the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetans, who has lived in exile in India since 1959. The gap is the source of many social problems.

The aim of his visit to Hamburg is to spread human values. "Those who pay attention to their inner values ​​will not only be happier, but also healthier," he explains with conviction and joy. The lack of inner values ​​is what causes problems in the world. The promotion of religious harmony is also one of his main concerns. "All religions preach love, compassion, frugality and tolerance," says the Dalai Lama. These similarities, but also the philosophical differences, are good and necessary - as long as there is respect and respect for the other's beliefs.

In this context, he had already expressed harsh criticism of China on Thursday and also accused Beijing of human rights violations and attacks on Tibetans. With diplomatic consequences. Beijing called on Berlin on Friday "not to provide the Dalai Lama with a platform for his separatist activities" and warned of damage to German-Chinese relations. The federal government clearly rejected the request.

The Dalai Lama was not interested in the diplomatic banter on Friday. Instead, it deals with the question of full ordination of women in Tibetan Buddhism. His answer: “There is no doubt that the Buddha himself gave men and women the same rights. Women play an important role in society. Femininity is a symbol of compassion. ”The question cannot be decided by an individual, but only by the whole community. When asked whether he could also imagine a female Dalai Lama reincarnation, he nods and laughs, "I just hope that it will then be a beautiful woman who is more attractive." Antje Lückingsmeier

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