Klagenfurt, Austria, 17 May: His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Klagenfurt airport earlier this afternoon from Maribor, Slovenian. Mr. Gerhard Dörfler, the Governor of Carinthia region welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the airport. It was a traditional Austrian welcome ceremony and a very large media was waiting for His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the airport.
Governor Mr. Gerhard Dörfler is the host of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Klagenfurt.
Tibet Centre – International Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies based in Hüttenberg is the main organizer of the Austrian visit. The centre is a non-profit registered association. It was established in 2006 under the Patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and continued support from the Regional Government of Carinthia.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama made a short visit to Hüttenberg, the birthplace of Mr. Heinrich Harrer, the author of Seven Years in Tibet. Hüttenberg this year celebrates the centenary birthday of their famous son. He also consecrated the construction of Tibet Centre.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give four public talks, two days Tibetan Buddhism teaching and take part in one day symposium on Buddhism and Science during his visit to Austria. He will visit Klagenfurt, Salzburg and Vienna, capital city of Austria from 17 to 27 May. From 22 to 24 May His Holiness will travel to Udine, Italy and Huy, Belgium.
Starting tomorrow in Klagenfurt, the capital of Carinthia, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give two days Tibetan Buddhism teaching and a pubic talk on The Art of Happiness. In Salzburg His Holiness will give the keynote address on World Peace and Universal Responsibility jointly organized by the Alpine Peace Crossing and the Tibet Centre on 20 May morning. In the afternoon, His Holiness will take part in an interfaith dialogue – Harmony in Diversity organized by the University of Salzburg and the Tibet Centre.
The renowned Austrian quantum physicist Prof. Dr. Anton Zeilinger, German neurophysiologist Dr. Wolf Singer and Protestant theologian, Buddhism Prof. Dr. Michael von Brück and other speakers will join His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the one day Buddhism and Science symposium on Mind and Matter – New Models of Reality in Vienna. The symposium is jointly organised by the University of Vienna and the Tibet centre.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will address the European Tibet Solidarity Rally in Vienna, the final stop of his Europe visit on 26 May 2012. The main message of the solidarity rally is Tibet needs you. Now. It calls on Europe and the world to act on the present situation in Tibet. For more information see www.europefortibet.com
This is His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 12th visit to Austria. The first was in 1973 and second in 2007.
For Austrian visit details, see www.dalailama.at <http://www.dalailama.at
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