DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, arrived in Latvia’s capital Riga on Sunday, 8 September, to speak on non-violence, compassion and dialogue, Latvia’s main news agency LETA reported.
Tibetans, Latvians and foreign tourists welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his arrival in Latvia. The well-wishers in the crowd waved small Tibetan flags, and some of them held books authored by him. His Holiness shook hands with many of them.
The main event of the visit will be “The Culture of Compassion”, a public talk scheduled for 9 September at Riga Arena. All attendees are being asked to bring white lilies. They will line the stage, and later in the afternoon (at 5p.m.) will be shattered in the Daugava River at a ceremony between Akmens and Vansu bridges with the local Buddhist community, LETA reported.
The talk will be webcast live at 1:30 pm (Central European Standard Time) in English, Russian and Latvian languages. (Watch)
Before the public talk, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will present Youth Compassion Award as well as certificates from the European Academy of Tibetan Medicine and Yoga.
The organiser of the public talk said the event would provide a unique opportunity for everyone to meet in person one of the greatest thinkers and freedom advocates of our time.
The funds raised through ticket sales will help us finance the events related to the visit of His Holiness. Any funds saved after covering the expenses will be directed towards charitable activities in Latvia, it said.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama previously visited Latvia in 1991 and 2001.
The Latvia visit is part of a 12-day tour of Europe that will also take him to Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Germany.