Ekklesia, Jun.22, www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/16764
Tibet’s globally respected spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has arrived in Scotland. He is embarking on a two-day tour of three cities – Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness.
Media coverage of the Dalai Lama’s arrival has tended to focus on political controversy, but he is concerned to make it an opportunity to encourage people and communities to find a path of hope, justice and peace in a troubled world.
It emerged earlier this week, the BBC reports, that the Chinese consul general to Scotland met with council leaders from all three cities scheduled for the tour. He has been accused of exerting behind the scenes pressure to lessen the diplomatic impact of the visit, given the Dalai Lama’s figurehead status for those who wish to see Tibet gain autonomy from the People’s Republic of China.