His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks on the Culture of Compassion – Central Tibetan Administration

Riga, Latvia 9 September 2013

At the end of a long journey from India, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was warmly welcomed when he landed under bright skies in the northern European port city of Riga, capital of Latvia, yesterday. Members of the organizing committee for his visit, led by Janis Martins Skuja, met him at the airport and a smiling crowd of well-wishers awaited his arrival at his hotel.\

His program today began with a meeting with the press. He opened, declaring:

“I’m very happy to be here for my third visit to this very pleasant city. Wherever I go I try to generate awareness of the sameness, the oneness of humanity. And as a Buddhist monk, I try to foster inter-religious harmony. All religions teach about compassion and to practice it we need tolerance and forgiveness which serve to protect our practice. Regarding Tibet, I retain a responsibility to try to preserve Tibetan Buddhist culture, which is a culture of peace and compassion.”