His Holiness Concludes Slovenia Visit With Messages of Compassion and Happiness

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Slovenian Cabinet Minister Dr. Boštjan Žekš in Maribor,  Slovenia, on 7 April 2010
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Slovenian Cabinet Minister Dr. Boštjan Žekš in Maribor, Slovenia, on 7 April 2010

Zurich: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Wednesday successfully concluded a three-day visit to Slovenia with a talk on ‘Compassion: The Art of Happiness’ at the Slovenian National Theatre in Maribor. The European Academy of Sciences and Arts and Maribor University organised the talk, which was also broadcast live on a local TV channel.

“Compassion is not feeling pity”, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He further said that the practise of compassion is good for others and for oneself. It is important to think more about other’s welfare and it would bring more happiness in one’s life.

After the public talk, His Holiness the Dalai Lama blessed a Sand Mandala constructed by the monks of Gyuto monastery at the Maribor Fort. The mandala was constructed as part of a fortnight of Tibetan cultural programmes in Maribor.

Earlier in the day, Slovenian Cabinet Minister Dr. Boštjan Žekš called on His Holiness the Dalai Lama on behalf of the Prime Minister on Wednesday morning.

Mufti dr. Nedžad Grabus, the head of the Slovenian Muslim community, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Mufti dr. Nedžad Grabus, the head of the Slovenian Muslim community, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Mufti dr. Nedžad Grabus, the head of the Slovenian Muslim community also called on His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the hotel before His Holiness left Slovenia for Zurich, Switzerland.

A larger number of Tibetans welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama upon his arrival at the Hyatt Park Hotel in Switzerland. The members of the Tibetan Community’s cultural dance group performed the traditional welcome dance Tashi Sholpa.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Tibetan Institute in Rikon and address the Merci Schwiiz (Thank You Switzerland) gathering today.

–Report filed by The Tibet Bureau, Geneva