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Dalai Lama to Speak in Iceland Next Summer

Tibet’s spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dalai Lama will come to Iceland in the beginning of June to hold a presentation in Laugardalshöll sports hall in Reykjavík. A group of Icelanders have been lobbying to bring the Dalai Lama to Iceland since 2005.

Laugardalshöll sports hall in Reykjavík. Copyright: Ferdalög og frístundir.

“It is a group of around ten people who come from various backgrounds,” said Thórhalla Björnsdóttir, a spokesperson for the Dalai Lama in Iceland Association, to Fréttabladid. The group comprises of physicians, social workers, a psychologist and an anthropologist. “They are all people who feel there is a sound reason for [Dalai Lama coming here].”

During his presentation in Laugardalshöll, the Dalai Lama will discuss the value of life, constructive attitudes and how to find happiness and will then answer questions from attendees.

Björnsdóttir said there are no plans for the Dalai Lama to meet Icelandic persons in authority. “Considering the current situation of local politics, there simply hasn’t been an opportunity to discuss it.”

Björnsdóttir lives partly in India, in the village of McLeod Ganj in an altitude of around 2,000 meters in the Himalayas, close to where the Dalai Lama resides.

“He is my neighbor and I have known him for a long time,” Björnsdóttir said. In her view, the Dalai Lama is a messenger of peace and love and therefore Iceland will benefit from his visit.

The Daily Lama was in Rome yesterday where he was named honorary citizen.

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