Helsinki, Finland, 20 August 2011 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama ended his two-day program in Finland this afternoon with a public talk to an audience of 7,000 people on the subject of “The Power of Compassion.”
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets the audience before his talk in Helsinki, Finland, on 20 August 2011. Photo/Pasi Haarane/Office of Tibet, London|
On being informed that a number of young Finns had been invited to join the audience for the public talk, His Holiness directly addressed them to emphasize their central role in making the 21s Century a century of peace and dialogue in contrast to the 20th Century which His Holiness described as the century of war.
His Holiness’ first program on Saturday was an audience for a group of around 250 Tibetan Buddhists from Kalmykia. The group had traveled from Russia to attend His Holiness’ teachings on “Geshe Langri Thangpa’s Eight Verses of Training the Mind” held in the morning of 20 August as well as the public talk in the afternoon. The morning teachings, attended by over 3,500 people, began with chants by monks from Thailand and Vietnam who recited the heart sutra, and by Finnish monks who follow the Korean Buddhism tradition.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama meets with members of the press in Helsinki, Finland, on 19 August 2011. Photo/Pasi Haarane/Office of Tibet, London|
After an hour of detailed responses to numerous questions from the press, His Holiness was welcomed to the Bourse Club by the club’s Chairman Mr Mikael Swanljung who led His Holiness upstairs to the member’s dining room to address an assembled audience of over 120 members and guests of the club on the subject of ‘Ethics in Business’. The Pörssiklubi was founded almost 100 years ago and is a key institution in Finnish business and political life.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at a seminar organized by the University of Helsinki on 19 August 2011. Photo/Pasi Haarane/Office of Tibet, London|