Toulouse, France, 12 August 2011 - Today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Toulouse from Geneva at around 1600 hrs. He was welcomedat the airport by Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen and spiritual directors and members of the Organising Committee, Toulouse 2011. His Holiness also met with a group of the French medias at the airport lounge.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama meets with journalists on his arrival in Toulouse, France, on 12 August 2011. Photo/Alexandra Silva
His Holiness further stated that there was growing calls for freedom, openness and transparency in China, and even cited the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's recent call for political reforms. Therefore, thereis also ground for optimism that significant changes will continue to take place in China with positive effects on the issue of Tibet in future. This is sign that China cannot escape from the current international trend towards more openness, freedom and democracy, He said.
|His Holiness is greeted by well-wishers on his arrival at his hotel in Toulouse, France, on 12 August 2011. Photo/Alexandra Silva|
His Holiness left the airport for hotel where he was received by a group of Tibetans, including Venerable Thupten Wangchen who is a member of Tibetan Parliament in exile and many friends of Tibet.
His Holiness will be giving teachings on Kamalashila's Middles Stages of Meditation for next two days followed by a public talk on 15thAugust. The teaching will be translated into eight languages including Chinese and Vietnamese.