Already at the beginning of His Holiness’ visit to Austria, he received several awards. The mayor of Klagenfurt Christian Scheider awarded His Holiness the Gold Medal of the city of Klagenfurt on May 18 and the Governor of Carinthia Gerhard Dörfler awarded him the Gold Medal of the state of Carinthia on May 20. In the course of His Holiness’ visit there were numerous encounters between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and political and religious dignitaries, such as the Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn who was spontaneously accompanied by the Dalai Lama to St. Stephen’s Cathedral on occasion of the Pentecost mass. On May 25 the Austrian vice-chancellor and minister of foreign affairs, Mr. Michael Spindelegger, visited the almost sold-out Wiener Stadthalle in order to welcome His Holiness. On May 27 there was also a meeting with interior secretary of state of Austria Sebastian Kurz.
Photos: Tibet Center / Tenzin Choejor