Stockholm, Sweden, 15th April – His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Sweden late on Thursday, for a three day visit to Stockholm and Lund. Today in Stockholm, he spoke to over 3000 people at Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre at a public talk “Meeting with Dalai Lama” arranged by Swedish Organisation for Individual Relief (IM).
The questions asked focused on the notions of compassion, harmony and happiness but his recent statement of his imminent retirement also gave rise to some questions. His Holiness thus reaffirmed his intention to step down as political leader and allow for the fulfillment of the Tibetan charter, as a way to democratize the Tibetan society further. In his meeting with local press he said: “I end the four century old tradition voluntarily, happily and proudly.”
He also mentioned that things are changing in China and that he is still hopeful, noticing that the awareness about Tibet among the Chinese population is increasing and so is their criticizing of their own government on its policy in Tibet.
Earlier in the morning His Holiness visited the Nobel Museum to receive a private tour of the exhibition and as part of the tradition signed his name on the bottom of his chair in the restaurant of the museum, as most other Nobel laureates have done before him. These chairs account for one of the museums “hidden” treasures. The Tibetan leader also donated some personal belongings including a pen, a pair of glasses and a Buddhist scripture to the museum.
During the day His Holiness also spoke to hundreds of students at Södertörn University, entitled “A Human Approach to World Peace”, which was also screened on the University campus for all those who were not able to fit inside the auditorium. His Holiness’ speech was followed by an outdoor meditation for peace led by Lama Lobsang from the Tibetan Community in Sweden.
Watch the lecture here.