Dharamshala: - His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the 78-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people will visit the Netherlands in May. On Sunday, May 11th, he will give a Buddhist teaching titled "Well-being, Wisdom and Compassion, a Secular Approach' at Ahoy in Rotterdam.
'The visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Netherlands will take place May 10th ? 12th and the theme of the visit will explore the development of compassion and ethical awareness in a secular world,' Alex Klusman from the Stichting Bezoek Dalai Lama said in the press release.
According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama: ''All great religions of the world emphasize love, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness and the development of inner values. However, in today's world, the practice of ethics is often not sufficient. Therefore, I have become convinced that it is time for a new approach, a new way of thinking about spirituality and ethics, that goes further than religion alone."
"This year marks the 25th anniversary since His Holiness the Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize for his for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet, and his efforts for a peaceful resolution with China," said the organisers.
"The Nobel Institute has invited His Holiness the Dalai Lama to a memorial celebration in Norway, which he will attend before visiting the Netherlands," they further added.
"The Dalai Lama has been invited to the Netherlands by the Stichting Bezoek Dalai Lama," the organisers said, adding: "This foundation is comprised of representatives from all of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions in the Netherlands, the International Campaign for Tibet-Europe and the Tibet Support Group Nederland."
The last time the spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the Netherlands was in 2009.
His Holiness accepted an invitation from the Norwegian Nobel Institute, The Norwegian Tibet Committee and Karma Tashi Ling Buddhist communities. His visit marks the 25 years since he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Geir Lundestad, director of Norwegian Nobel Institute said to NRK that the Tibetan spiritual leader among other things, will give a presentation that will be open to the public during his visit.
The Nobel Committee and the Nobel Institute follow traditionally Prize winners after the award ceremony, in their further peace efforts. This is His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 11th visit to Norway after he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 . In 1989 His Holiness received the Nobel Peace Prize for having opposed the use of violence and advocated peaceful solutions in the fight to solve Tibet issues.