His Holiness the Dalai Lama's May 2008 visit to the UK

The Office of Tibet, May 18 2008

London, UK -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama is visiting the UK from 20 to 31 May 2008 at the invitation of the Dharma Network (formed of various Buddhist organisations in the UK), the Tibet Society UK, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, the Blackfriars and the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies to give a series of public talks and teachings in London, Nottingham and Oxford.

During the visit His Holiness will also be meeting with HRH The Prince of Wales, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, leaders of the opposition parties, Members of Parliament, and the Archbishop of Canterbury as well as leaders of other religious faiths.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is also being awarded an honorary doctorate by the London Metropolitan University on 20 May and will be taking questions at a 'Meeting with the Press' on the afternoon of 21 May.

Mr Tsering Tashi, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Office of Tibet in London, said, "His Holiness is not only the leader of the Tibetan people but also one of the world?s most highly regarded figures. We have also seen that even many Chinese people through better awareness and information show great respect to His Holiness and support his non-violent Middle-Way Approach to resolve the issue of Tibet. His Holiness' message of peace, non-violence and his unique qualities of simplicity, honesty and wisdom is admired the world over." He further added, "I am confident that all those that attend His Holiness' teachings and talks, and all those that meet him will be enriched by the experience."

According to Jane Rasch, Dharma Network's Co-ordinator for His Holiness' teachings and public talks in Nottingham from the 24 - 28 May, "Dharma Network is delighted that His Holiness is giving the teachings in Nottingham". She further added "the Dharma Network is looking forward to make these five days with His Holiness an unforgettable time for all of Nottinghamshire, and for the many people from all over the world who will be attending".

The public programme for the visit will conclude with His Holiness giving an address in Oxford on the morning of 30 May on Buddhist Understanding:Why and How organised by The Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. Following the address, His Holiness will participate in discussions with leading scholars and members of the audience on the subject.

His Holiness will then meet with over 200 family members of former British officials and others who had worked or visited Tibet in the late 19th Century and up to 1950 prior to the Chinese occupation along with a few Tibet experts who have contributed significantly to the Tibet cause.

On the afternoon of 30 May His Holiness will visit the Pitts River Museum in Oxford to launch the Museum's Tibet Photo Album website.

Details of His Holiness' public engagements during the visit are provided in the itinerary below.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to UK is coordinated by the Office of Tibet in London, the official agency of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Central Tibetan Administration for Northern Europe, Poland and the Baltic Countries.