Frankfurt – The Dalai Lama is to spend four days in the German city of Frankfurt this summer, event organisers announced on Wednesday.
Up to 40,000 people are expected to come for the visit of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader in late July, at what is being billed as the highlight of this year’s European trip.
The Dalai Lama, considered a personal friend of Hesse State Premier Roland Koch, has been invited by several Buddhist organizations to hold talks and discussions under the headline “Art of Life.”
On the first two days of the visit, which starts July 30, the Dalai Lama is expected to address followers of Buddhism, while podium discussions would take place on the final two days.
Discussion topics are to include human action in science and economics.
The Dalai Lama was scheduled to visit Germany last year, but the trip was postponed over Chinese intervention in Tibet.
The four-day event is expected to cost around 1 million euros (1.4 million dollars). It had been difficult to find sponsors as potential patrons got into “problems with China”, said Abbot Tich Thien Son, of Frankfurt’s Phat Hue Buddist monastery. (dpa)