His Holiness the Dalai Lama to address the First Tibetan National General Meeting

Dharamsala: His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Dharamsala today to address the first National General Meeting of Tibetans in the Bylakuppe Tibetan settlement of South India on 31 August 2010.

On 1 September, representatives of the Tibetan people will offer a long-life prayer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness will then preside over a debate on Buddhist philosophy at Sera Jey Monastery in Bylakuppe near Mysore.

This year’s Tibetan Democracy will be celebrated in a grand way in the Tibetan settlement on 2 September, with the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Chief Justice Commissioners, members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, the Kashag (Council of Ministers), representatives of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon, representatives of local Tibetan assemblies, general public, Bod-Rangwang Denpai Legul Tsockchung, NGOs, school heads, Tibetan doctors, scholars and social activists. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will address the function on the special day. Representatives of the MPs from Parliaments around the world will also address the day.

On 3 September, His Holiness will visit Namdroling Monastery and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. He will talk to students at the Tibetan Childrens’ Village School and Central School for Tibetans in Bylakuppe.

His Holiness will deliver a keynote address at the 33rd International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) Congress at John Paul IInd Auditorium of Catheolic Renewal Centre in Kochi, Kerala. His Holiness will speak on ‘Beyond Conflict to Reconciliation-The Challenge of the 21st Century’. His Holiness will be felicitated by the representatives of various religious faiths, and local MLAs, Mayor of Kochi.

His Holiness will be back in Dharamsala on 5 September.