April 7, 2010
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Published By Tashi

‘Future is uncertain but we remain with hope’[Wednesday, 7 April 2010, 9:01 a.m.]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama planting ‘Tree of Peace’ in Maribor, Slovenia

Maribor, Slovenia: His
Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke to a packed hall of over 5,000 people for
over two hours during the public talk – Ethic for the New Millennium –
in Maribor, Slovenia’s second largest city on Tuesday. The tickets for
the public talk were sold out within one week. Among the audience were
people from neighbouring Austria, Italy, Hungary and Croatia.The
audience had the opportunity to ask questions to His Holiness the Dalai
Lama ranging from education, happiness, compassion, politics, culture
and the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama.“What is the purpose of
life?”, asked young women. “A happy life,” replied His Holiness the
Dalai Lama without any hesitation. “Future is uncertain but we remain
with hope. Once hope is lost, the very life is shortened. Hope means
something good. The very purpose of life is happiness.”His
Holiness emphasised the importance of education of warm heart and said
that real peace must come from within ourselves. Taking drugs, gambling
and alcohol is lack of inner realization of our inner potential – inner
value.His Holiness said that he left Tibet and crossed into
India in April 1959 not because of civil war or disaster, but a new
guest came to Tibet without invitation and controlled everything in

Mayor of Maribor presents the ‘Key to the City’ to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“We are not seeking separation but are committed to remain within PRC,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama.In
response to one of the questions, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “I
don’t know the answer.” There was a big applause from the audience.Following
the public talk, His Holiness spoke to the members of the press. There
were 168 accredited journalists with over 35 journalists from the
neighbouring countries. In the morning His Holiness the Dalai
Lama met with the Mayor of Maribor Mr. Franc Kangler in his office. The
Mayor presented His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Maribor City’s key. After
the meeting, His Holiness planted a Tree of Peace at the City Park. In
his address to the people gathered at the City Park, His Holiness the
Dalai Lama said that violence, bloodshed and war is out of date. The
20th Century was the century of bloodshed and 21st century should be a
century of dialogue. Then His Holiness addressed over 1,000 students of
the Maribor 1st High School on human values.His Holiness the
Dalai Lama met with Mr. Janez Janša, former Prime Minister and
president of the Slovenian Democratic Party before lunch. “We are very
honoured by your visit”, said Mr. Janez Janša.Hundreds of
people and at least over 50 journalist including video and cameramen
waited for His Holiness the Dalai Lama wherever he went during the
day’s public program.–Report filed by
Tenzin D. Sewo, The Tibet Bureau, Geneva

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