Buddhist spiritual leader gives talks about management and the meaning of life The religious leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, visited Copenhagen yesterday only a month after announcing he is stepping down as the political leader of Tibet’s exile government.
The religious leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, visited Copenhagen yesterday only a month after announcing he is stepping down as the political leader of Tibet’s exile government.
The Dalai Lama made the one-day visit to Denmark to give two lectures at the Tivoli Congress Centre, one about management and the other about the meaning of life.
The Dalai Lama recently announced that he is stepping down from his role as the political leader of Tibet, leaving the position open for a democratically elected candidate.
“I will now take up the position that the four previous Dalai Lamas have held. Now I am exclusively a religious leader with no political responsibilities,” he told public broadcaster DR.
When he visited Denmark in 2009, he gathered 8,000 listeners to Buddhist lectures in Bella Centre.
During that visit, the Dalai Lama met for an “unofficial” meeting with PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen, sparking temporary rage in China, which perceives the Dalai Lama as a political troublemaker.
China subsequently punished Denmark by cancelling a number of official visits, and eventually succeeded in pressuring the Danish parliament to promise to actively oppose Tibetan independence.
The organisers of this visit made it clear that there would be no political meetings during the Dalai Lama’s stay in Denmark.
Rasmussen also said that he did “not have any special need to meet the Dalai Lama again”.
The Dalai Lama was invited to visit Denmark by humanitarian organisation Tibet Charity along with seven other Danish companies and non-profit organisations with an interest in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.