When exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama visited Norway last year, it set off huge controversy because the new conservative government refused to officially meet him for fear of further offending China. This week, Dalai Lama was back in Norway and his visit caused no fuss at all.
The Buddhist monk, highly respected by most except Chinese officials who view him as a threat to their power in Tibet, spoke before around 1,800 students in Trondheim on Monday as he took part in the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT).
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that his message was simple: “We can’t change the past, but we can learn from the past and create a better future, a happier future.”
The students invited Dalai Lama to speak about corruption, which he called “the world’s cancer.” His presentation was only open to students who had managed to secure admission tickets, but ISFiT streamed it live on the Internet.