The Gyalwang Drukpa as an ambassador of peace

A warm welcome at Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel Airport: Around 40 friends and supporters of Live To Love-Germany did joyfully welcome the Gyalwang Drukpa and entourage on their arrival at the Hanseatic city with lotus flowers, made out of paper, candles and little flags. It was the start of  a two-day visit in challenging times, in light of the current refugee situation, terrorist attacks in Paris and the climate change. The focus of this visit was to meet leading figures in Hamburg to enter into a dialogue discussing possible solutions.

Thando Walbaum, musician and actor from the TV series "Good Times, Bad Times" already led an interview on Sunday evening on the current refugee issue. The Gyalwang Drukpa pointed to solutions in dealing with the refugee crisis in their conversation.Thando plays the role of an asylum seeker in the television series.

On Monday the Gyalwang Drukpa at first visited the foundation´s centre where he gave a short talk on the topic “life in changing times”. Jan Christof Scheibe had especially composed a canon, that was sung under a shower of flower petals for the guest of honour by the entire Live to Love Team.

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Vision of "United Nature"
Afterwards the group headed to the House of the Future just a few blocks away. Dr. Georg Winter, founder of the House of the Future and a pioneer in sustainable management, and his wife had prepared a welcome full of warmth and cordiality for His Holiness accompanied by Gianna Wabner, President of Live To Love-Germany and Agnes Forsthuber the Vice President. Dr. Winter presented his work, explained his vision of a "United Nature" and gave impetus for a lively exchange of ideas. Among the guests was the architect of the building, Jakob Siemonsen and Kai-Oliver Farr from Engagement-Global.
Presentation in Overseas-Club
The highlight of the day was the presentation by Gyalwang Drukpa to invited guests in the prestigious “Übersee-Club” (Overseas Club) which has hosted all federal chancellors and federal presidents. The violinist Jansen Folkers and double bass player Lisa Wulff took the welcoming words by Gianna Wabner on the attacks in Paris and the refugee issues and improvised an artistically highgrade soothing composition from the unique atmosphere in the room, which was greeted by much applause.

He pleaded to all countries that could afford it to take in refugees and appealed to both sides to be mutually open to differing cultures and considerate towards each other. He sees it as his responsibility to mediate between cultures: "I would like a marriage of different attitudes to life, so that different cultures can come together like two sides of a heart." The Gyalwag Drukpa stressed that aid and action should be combined with compassion and wisdom.

At the close of a moving afternoon there was afternoon high tea on the premises of the overseas club. There was an exchange of views among the guests, all of who are committed to the environment, climate, sustainability and humanitarian projects.
Welcome in the World Future Council
The second day was shaped by numerous interviews in which His Holiness shared inspiring insights on different topics. For the grand finale of the visit the Gyalwang Drukpa was welcomed by the directors of the “World Future Council”. The focus was on joint ventures and specific humanitarian and ecological projects. The Gyalwang Drukpa: "Nothing is impossible in this world provided we stick together. Only together we can make the world a better place."

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