The Dalai Lama has announced that he is scheduled to visit Norway on 7-9 May, adding new complications to Norway’s efforts to mend its troubled relationship with China.
The Dalai Lama’s private visit, at the invitation from The Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Karma Tashi Ling Buddhist Society and the Norwegian Tibet Committee, includes opportunities for him to meet with the Norwegian people, according to a statement published by his office.
While in Oslo, he will share his thoughts on finding peace, mindfulness, ethics and human values, interfaith understanding and the relationship between Buddhism and science.
“It is a great pleasure to announce the program of Dalai Lama’s visit to Oslo in May 2014. It is 25 years since Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize and this will be recognized. He will hold two public talks where he will address the people in Norway, specifically students and young people” says Wenche Stene, spokesperson for the organizers.
Norway’s relations with China took a dive in 2010 when the Nobel Committee awarded the peace prize to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident who has been serving long imprisonment.
In 1989 the Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Price. When the Nobel Committee chose the Dalai Lama, it emphasized that he based his Buddhist peace philosophy on reverence for all living beings and the idea of a universal responsibility that embraces both man and nature.