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

May 19, 2008

Press Release
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's May 2008 visit to the UK
Issued by the Office of Tibet, London
May 15, 2008

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is visiting the UK from May 20 to 31,
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.

The Tibetan Nobel Peace Laureate is also being awarded an honorary
doctorate by the London Metropolitan University on May 20 and will be
taking questions at a 'Meeting with the Press' on the afternoon of May 21.

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 May 30 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 May 30 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.

Contact details:
Tel: 020 7722 5378
Fax: 020 7722 0362
E-mail. info@tibet.com
Website: www.tibet.com

NOTE: For enquiries about press opportunities for His Holiness'
meetings with HRH The Prince of Wales, Prime Minister Gordon Brown,
David Cameron, Nick Clegg and the Archbishop of Canterbury please
contact their respective offices directly.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 20 to 31 May, 2008 UK visit itinerary:

May 20: His Holiness will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the
London Metropolitan University (www.londonmet.ac.uk, Tel: 020 7133 2000)

May 21: His Holiness will address members of the parliament and later
take questions a 'Meeting with the Press'. In view of the
overwhelming number of requests that the Office of Tibet is receiving
for one to one interviews, it is not possible to help with all the
requests because of time constraints. Therefore this 'Meeting with
the Press' time has been arranged so that the maximum numbers of
media representatives have the opportunity to meet and ask questions
to His Holiness. The press meeting is being coordinated by the Tibet
Society UK. (Website: www.tibetsociety.com, Tel: 020 7272 1414)

May 22: His Holiness will give oral evidence to the Foreign Affairs
Committee of the UK Parliament on a range of human rights issues at
the invitation of the Foreign Affairs Committee. For details see:
www.parliament.uk/facom

May 22: His Holiness will give a public talk on Universal
Responsibility in the Modern World at the Royal Albert Hall in London
organised by the Tibet Society UK.

Contact details: www.dalailama2008UK.com, Tel: 020 7272 1414

May 24 & 25: His Holiness will give public talks in Nottingham Arena
on Bringing Meaning to Our Lives organised by the Dharma Network.

Contact website: www.dalailama2008.org.uk

May 26 to 28: His Holiness will give three-day teachings in
Nottingham Arena on Je Tsongkhapa's Praise to the Buddha for His
Discourses on Dependent Origination (Tendrel Toepa) organised by the
Dharma Network. On the morning of May 28 His Holiness will confer the
Vajrasattva Empowerment.

Contact website: www.dalailama2008.org.uk

May 29: His Holiness will give the keynote address at the Blackfriars
Hall in Oxford on the Colloquium on Christian and Buddhist traditions
and prayers. For more information, please contact Regent of Studies
(Website: http://www.bfriars.ox.ac.uk/events.php, Tel: 01865 278431)

May 30: His Holiness will give a public talk at the Sheldonian
Theatre in Oxford on the wider understanding of the Buddhist
tradition. For more information and tickets, please this website link
of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies: http://www.so-wide.org/
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