Rikon Abbot to attend Inter-Religious Conference in Athens
Dharamsala, 10 August: Tibet has never been represented in any of the events at the Olympic games. But this year’s games due to begin in the Greek capital do have a Tibetan representative. It is not in the games but in the two-day inter-religious conference heralding the beginning of the Athens Olympic Games being held in Athens.
Under the auspices of His Excellency, President Constantine Stephanopoulos of Greece and at the invitation of BATHOLOMEW, Archbishop of Constantinopole, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, the pre-Olympic conference will begin today.
Geshe Jampel Senge, assistant abbot of Rikon monastery, Switzerland, is representing His Holiness the Dalai Lama at this Conference.
The Conference entitled, “Religion, Peace and the Olympic Ideal” is being organised by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Olympic Municipality of Amaroussion, Greece.
It provides a forum for a declaration of the principle of peaceful co-existence amongst all human beings and all peoples. This principle is part of the Olympic Ideal, manifested through the Olympic Truce.