His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaching from the Jataka Tales on the last day of Monlam Chenmo (the Great Prayer Festival) at Tsug-la Khang, Dharamshala on March 8, 2012. (Phayul photo/Norbu Wangyal)
DHARAMSHALA, May 13: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is scheduled to meet the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of Austria on his five-nation European tour this month.
Leaving his exile home town of Dharamshala Saturday, the Dalai Lama will begin his tour in London, where he will be awarded the 2012 Templeton Prize, one of the world's biggest monetary awards, in a ceremony at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on May 14.
The event will be attended by thousands and webcast live at www.templetonprize.org along with a news conference with the Dalai Lama.
His Holiness will then travel to Slovenia to join the Maribor for Peace initiative and give a public talk on Cultivating Peace of Mind on May 16. The next day he will be taking part in a discussion by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates on Why do we need Dialogue and Solidarity in the global Crisis? Other laureates include Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi economist and founder of the micro-credit concept Grameen Bank, Dr Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Guatemalan human rights activist, and Dr Lučka Kajfež Bogataj, Slovene Climate Ambassador.
The 76-year old Tibetan leader will then give two-day teachings on The Heart Sutra (Sherab Nyingpo), Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (JangchupLlamdron) & The Song of the Four Mindfulnesses – Instructions on the View of the Middle by the 7th Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso (Tatri Drenpa Shiden) and also confer a Medicine Buddha Empowerment on May 18 and 19 in Klagenfurt, Austria. The teachings will be followed by a public talk on The Art of Happiness on May 20 in the same city.
His Holiness will then visit the Austrian city of Salzburg for a daylong programme on May 21, which includes delivering the keynote address on World Peace and Universal Responsibility followed by an Inter-Religious Dialogue event Harmony in Diversity.
Travelling on the the neighbouring country of Italy, the Dalai Lama will participate in an inter-faith program on The Role of Religions in Promoting Justice, Peace and the Protection of the Environment in Udine on May 22 followed by a public meeting with scientists on Promoting Non-Violence and Compassion Against Aggressiveness.
In the sane city on May 23, His Holiness will give a public talk on Holistic Training of the Mind: Spiritual, Humanistic, Scientific and Technological.
The Dalai Lama will then visit Huy, Belgium give a public talk on Advice and Vision for Creating a Better Society on May 24.
Returning back to Austria for the final leg of his tour, the Tibetan leader will give a public talk on Beyond Religion – Ethics and Human Values in Today’s Society on May 25 in Vienna and participate in a symposium on Buddhism and Science titled Mind and Matter – New Models of Reality the next day.
During his stay in Austria, the Dalai Lama is expected to meet Austria's Chancellor Werner Faymann and Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger.
Faymann was scheduled to meet with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader alongside Vienna Archbishop Christoph Schoenborn, the chancellor's office said, specifying however that this would occur "in a religious context."
No encounter however was planned with President Heinz Fischer.
Over the years, the Tibetan leader has paid regular visits to the alpine country, including to see his late friend the Austrian alpinist Heinrich Harrer, whose autobiography inspired the 1999 film "Seven Years in Tibet."