(TibetanReview.net, Apr21, 2018) – The Dalai Lama is to visit the Baltic state of Latvia in June and the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland in September to give religious teachings and public talks, and to take part in conferences and other public events. Besides, it has been reported that he is scheduled visit the Baltic state of Lithuania as well in June.
While the DalaiLama.com’s schedule page does not mention Lithuania, baltictimes.com reported Apr 20 that the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet will visit Ruta Norkute of Tibeto Namai (House of Tibet) in capital Vilnius over Jun 13-14. He will deliver a speech at Vilnius University and congratulate Lithuania on the centennial of restored statehood, Ervinas Spudys, the university’s spokesman, was cited as saying.
The report added that this will be the Dalai Lama’s fourth visit to Lithuania. It noted that during his last visit in 2013, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite met with the Tibetan leader, angering China.
The Dalai Lama will visit Latvia’s capital Riga over Jun 16-18. The purpose will be to give religious teachings in the Skonto Hall, organized jointly by Save Tibet Latvia, Save Tibet Foundation (Moscow) and Tibet Culture and Information Center (Moscow).
Later in September, the Dalai Lama will undertake a longer overseas visit, beginning with a public talk on ‘Why Compassion is Essential in our Troubled World’ in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam on the 16th. He will give a religious teaching in the city the next day.
The Dalai Lama will then travel to Germany over Sep 19-20. On the first day he will take part in a conference on ‘Non-Violence and Peace’ at the Congress Center Darmstadtium, organized by Tibet Initiative Deutschland and Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama.
On the following day he will take part in a symposium on ‘Happiness & Respect’ at the Kongresshause Stadthalle Heidelberg, organized by the City of Heidelberg and the University of Heidelberg.
Then, over Sep 21-23, the Tibetan leader will visit Switzerland, taking part in a religious ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Tibet Institute Rikon on the first day, followed, the next day, by a function to celebrate the occasion, with the venue being the Eulachhalle Winterthur.
He will conclude his Swiss visit with religious teachings at Zurich Hallenstadion, organized by the Tibet Institute Rikon and the Tibetan Community of Switzerland & Liechtenstein.