At the Montreal airport, His Holiness was received by Kasur Lobsang Nyandak Zayul, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas, Prof Arvind Sharma of McGill University, who is the convenor of the second Global Congress on World's Religions after September 11; and Ms Shelagh Mills, the National Board member of the Canada Tibet Committee, which are hosting him for this visit, according to the Tibetan official media, Tibet Net.
On his arrival at the hotel, His Holiness alighted from his car ahead of the entrance to acknowledge the greetings of members of the Tibetan community and other well-wishers who had gathered there. Two children of the community offered the traditional Droso Chema as the people sang a song of welcome in Tibetan.
Among those who received him included Khensur Lobsang Jamyang of the Manjushri Buddhist Centre; Ms Dicky Choyang, member of the Tibetan Parliament from North America; and Mr Tashi Wangyal, president of the Tibetan Cultural Association of Quebec (Tibetan Community in Montreal).
Today, His Holiness will be visiting the Manjushri Buddhist Centre and giving an audience to the Tibetan community. He will then deliver a keynote address to the Second Global Congress on World's Religions after September 11 and give a public talk in the afternoon, organised by the Canada Tibet Committee.