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Dalai Lama arrives in Belgium

Published on 29/05/2006

29 May 2006

BRUSSELS — The Dalai Lama will arrive in Belgium on Monday for an eight-day visit.

While in Belgium, the Dalai Lama will primarily give readings about Buddhism, a religion that is increasingly popular in Belgium.

The exiled spiritual leader of Tibet and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is visiting on invitation from the Buddhist Union.

The visit was originally scheduled for last year, but was postponed after the Chinese government raised objections.

At that time, China had said the visit of the Dalai Lama in Belgium should not coincide with a visit by Belgium’s King Albert II to China.

The postponed visit of Dalai Lama will start on Monday with the opening of a new temple at the Yeunten Ling Institute in Huy.

The Dalai Lama will also attend a symposium in Huy organised by the Tibetan Institute.

He will then visit Brussels and attend an event at the Tour & Taxis building for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists from Friday until Monday morning.

The highlight of the visit will be reading the Dalai Lama will give to 11,000 people at the Antwerp Sport Palace on 5 June. The subject of the reading will be the art of being happy.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news