Media Release

The Dalai Lama will be visiting Basel in February 2015

Zürich, 15. September 2014. Following an invitation by the Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Basel from February 7-8, 2015. The Nobel Prize laureate and spiritual leader of the Tibetans will give teachings on several Buddhist topics and finish his two-day program with a public talk.

On February 7, 2015, the Dalai Lama will first teach on the commentary on the Boddhicitta of the Indian master Nagarjuna. This text highlights the two complementary aspects of the striving to awakening: compassion and insight. This text is of particular interest to people who are seeking inner growth. In the afternoon, the Dalai Lama will teach on “Training the Mind in Eight Verses”. He will explain a practice of life that is based on a compassionate, altruistic attitude which can be accomplished by exercising humility, charity, tolerance, overcoming selfishness and striving for inner awakening.

On February 8, 2015, His Holiness will lead a Buddhist ritual that conveys the blessing of Avalokiteśvara. This is a prerequisite of being able to mediate on this Boddhisattva. By this meditation, all participants may be able to develop and foster compassion within themselves during their daily exercises. This ritual is particularly directed to practicing Buddhists. In the afternoon His Holiness will give a public talk about “Secular Ethics for Today’s World”.

All events are being held in St. Jakobshalle. Tickets can be purchased as of September 15, 2014, either online at, via Ticketcorner ( or directly at St. Jakobshalle (by telephone during office hours: +41 61 317 83 83, or online at Tickets are also sold at many ticket offices in Germany and Switzerland.

The event is organized by the Tibetan Community in Switzerland & Liechtenstein (TCSL) which with its 6,500 members is the largest Tibetan community in exile in Europe. Founded in 1973, TCSL is dedicated to strengthening political engagement, intensifying the information on the Tibet issue to the public, supporting the process of democratization within the Tibetan communities in exile, and preserving and promoting the Tibetan cultural heritage.

For further information on the program and ticket sales, visit


For contact:
Tibetan Community in Switzerland & Liechtenstein (TCSL)
attn. Ms Künsang Gangshontsang