His Holiness returns from Europe, where he spoke to thousands in Switzerland, France, Estonia, Finland, and Germany. During the trip he gave in-depth Buddhist teachings, spoke publicly about universal secular ethics, and met with several political leaders.
His Holiness left Dharamshala on August 9, and his first stop was Geneva, Switzerland, where he spoke with government officials from various countries as well as representatives from Tibet support groups.
During his time in Toulouse, France, he spoke on Kamalashila's Middle States of Meditation as well as "The Art of Happiness." He also met with French parliamentarians.
In Tallinn, Estonia, His Holiness taught on "Buddhism and Science," "A Call to Universal Responsibility" and met with government officials, including unofficially with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik.
While in Espoo, Finland, he taught on Geshe Langri Thangpa's Eight Verses in Training the Mind, gave a public talk on "The Power of Compassion," and met with several Finnish Members of Parliament.
He concluded the trip in Germany, where he spoke at the International Mindfulness Conference and met with politicians.
Back home in McLeod Ganj, His Holiness will give public teachings for three days next week. From August 30-September 1, he will speak at the main temple on Shantideva's "A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life" (chodjug) at the request of a group of Southeast Asians.
Shortly thereafter, His Holiness will continue his busy schedule by traveling to Canada, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil to give teachings.