Photo exhibition at European Parliament celebrating His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday

Brussels, 30 June 2015: A photo exhibition – Ways of Wisdom: Celebrating His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday – was inaugurated at the European Parliament this evening. It will be on display until 3 July.

The exhibition’s theme was on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s autobiography and his three main commitments in life – the promotion of human values, inter-religious harmony and the preservation of Tibet’s culture and natural environment both of which are under threat of destruction under Chinese occupation. Also highlighted His Holiness’ visits to the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg including meetings with the European Commission, Council and Parliament’s Presidents.

To coincide with the European Parliament’s Plenary session in Strasbourg in July, the exhibition will also be on display at the European Parliamentary Association in Strasbourg building from 6 to 9 July.

Mr. Thomas Mann, the Chair of the Tibet Interest Group and Mr. Csaba Sógor, two long time supporters of Tibet in the European Parliament were the organizers of the exhibition. The International Campaign for Tibet and the Office of Tibet in Brussels collaborated on the exhibition.

“Hosting this exhibition in the European Parliament is of high symbolic importance, as this institution has always been at the forefront of the battle for human rights worldwide as well as for Tibet specifically through the constant and committed work of its Tibet Interest Group” said the exhibition organizers in a press release.

The President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Mr. Henri Malosse gave the keynote address. His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative Mr. Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa thanked all presence at the reception. He asked the members of the Parliament and their staff to support the non-violent struggle of the Tibetan people. He then read His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message.

“I hope through the exhibition, some people will have the opportunity to appreciate the messages of human values and religious understanding that I have been trying to promote,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama. “I also hope that the exhibition will also draw attention to the Tibetan causes, which is a just cause and one with so much – potential to contribute to the world at large and through its emphasis on compassion and non-violence.”

Over 100 members of the Parliament, staffer, diplomats from the Foreign Mission and EU, media and guest were present at the reception held at the European Parliament.

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